Close study of significant 20th-century poetry, drama, and prose works. Readings range from 1920s to the present.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: Literature and the Arts
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Arts Humanities
Departmental Category: General Literature and Language


Writers and artists of the last 100 years questioned everything: What is the self?  What is time?  What is literature?  We’ll explore a wide range of works, including novels, poetry, movies, comics, prints, and 3D books to make sense of two key movements: modernism and postmodernism.  We’ll focus in particular on representations of war and the blurring of boundaries between literature and the visual arts, drawing as much as possible on Norlin Library’s Special Collections and the collections of the CU Art Museum. 

Readings: Virginia Woolf (To The Lighthouse), Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times), and Art Spiegelman (Maus). We’ll also study works by artists Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Lorna Simpson, Enrique Chagoya, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, and many others.

Taught by Dr. Catherine Labio.