Section 1: Wednesdays 6:30-9:10 PM

Professor: Debbie Mix
This course is designed to provide an overview of the fiction, poetry, and drama of the first half of the twentieth century.  While literary modernism is part of that picture, our focus will be more broadly on “modernity” as a force.  The changes occurring in American culture in the early years of the twentieth century wrought havoc on received notions of identity, community, aesthetics, and politics.  We will consider the ways in which a range of American authors sought to represent, to resist, and to come to grips with some of these forces.  We’ll also pay particular attention to the cultural contexts for the works we’re reading. Likely authors include Willa Cather, H.D., John Dos Passos, T.S. Eliot, Sui Sin Far, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, María Cristina Mena, Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, and Jean Toomer.
In collaboration with Dr. Collier’s English 668, we will explore these questions as they involve transatlantic and insurgent modernisms, with special attention to the shifting parameters of modernism and its canons. This collaboration will include some joint work and programming, perhaps including on-line writing, a mini-conference, and/or film screenings.