Surveys the major literary trends in prose and poetry from 1900 to the present in the Anglo-American tradition of modern, postmodern, and contemporary literature. Provides students with a grounding in the major authors and motifs of 20th- and 21st-century in literature in conjunction with political and cultural changes across the periods.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Arts Humanities
Departmental Category: Critical Studies in English
Taught by Cheryl Higashida.
Only binge-worthy selection—rotten tomatoes rating of 98 or above—is on the reading list. Short stories by writers like Kafka, A.S. Byatt, Marquez, Gibson, or poems by poets like Elizabeth Bishop, Stevens, Frost, Auden, Muir. With no heavy tomes this class should be manageable during a busy semester. You will learn how poems and stories are put together and the related tools to decipher their meaning. For each poem or short story there will be a video lecture presentation available on Canvas plus in-class, in an actual classroom, further explication and discussion. The aim of this class is utter comprehension of the literary material so that when you respond to the material you respond not with dread but with pleasure.
Taught by Raza Ali Hasan.