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ENGL 4468: Modern Poetry (Spring 2020)

This course will begin with some central figures behind and within English language 20th-century poetry and then split up into interest groups according to the students’ own enthusiasms and desires to explore. The central figures will include Whitman, Dickinson, Pater, Hopkins, Yeats, Frost, William Carlos Williams, H. D., Wallace Stevens,...

AFRICAN TREE

ENGL 4098: Special Topics in the Novel, Post-1900 - Afro-diasporic Novels (Spring 2020)

This course considers how the legacy of slavery, including the Middle Passage, is rewritten in 20 th and 21 st century novels in English. We will consider not only how that history is remembered, but how its legacy lives on. We’ll begin with slave narratives to consider the narrative form...

TYPEWRITER

ENGL 3088: Major Authors of Post-1900 Literature in English - T.S. Eliot and Company (Spring 2020)

T.S. Eliot wrote several of the most important poems of the twentieth century. He was also a major critic, a playwright, and a publisher. His work remains a troubling mix of brilliantly subversive “raids on the unconscious” and deeply conservative reactions against modernity. To read Eliot is to encounter other...

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ENGL 2058: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature (Spring 2020)

A hybrid form, graphic narrative combines the innovative visual/verbal framework of the cartoon and the longer storytelling form of fiction and nonfiction. A term first coined in the US in 1978, graphic narratives have become a mainstay popular genre. This course will examine its popular appeal and also how this...

ENGL 4098-001: Special Topics in the Novel, Post-1900, The Science Novel (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Elisabeth Sheffield “There is no science without fancy and no art without fact.” (Vladimir Nabokov) In this course, we will examine the emerging form of the science novel—that is, the serious literary novel that takes as its subject matter the complex relationships between scientific knowledge and the people who...

ENGL 4048: Modern British and Irish Novel, Public and Private Modernisms (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Prof. Janice Ho This course focuses on one of the most central literary movements of the twentieth century: the emergence of modernism in Britain and Ireland, especially of “high modernism” during the period of 1910 to 1930. Novels written in this historically short, but aesthetically rich, period laid the...

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ENGL 3068: Literature in English 1900-1945, Modernism (Fall 2019)

Surveys major literary trends from 1900-1945 in the Anglo-American tradition, including the characteristics of literary modernism. Covers both prose and poetry, as well as the relationship between literature and history to the close of World War II. Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors). Additional Information:...

ENGL 2058: 20th and 21st Century Literature (Fall 2019)

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...

"The Gray Day" by George Grosz (1921)

ENGL 2058-001: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature (Maymester, Summer 2019)

“For an hour the procession of grotesques passed before the eyes of the old man, and then, although it was a painful thing to do, he crept out of bed and began to write. Some one of the grotesques had made a deep impression on his mind and he wanted...

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ENGL 4018-001: Global, Transnational & Postcolonial Approaches to Post-1900 Literature, Post/Colonial Fictions of Development (Spring 2019)

How did the world become divided into “developed” and “developing” nation-states? Why are the costs and benefits of development so unevenly distributed across the world (and also internally, within a nation)? What are the indices by which we define development? Is development always a desirable goal? And how do projects...

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