English 166: American Modernism [lecture with section]





This course examines the literature and culture of American Modernism (1880s–1920s). Emphasizing the genre of the novel, it attends to major works by Henry James, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jean Toomer, and Virginia Woolf. Lectures underscore the dynamic relationship between literature and history—including the history of visual art, technology, media, politics, and ideas. Special attention is given to the relationship between innovative literary practices and themes such as migration, urban versus rural experience, war and its aftermath, work and leisure, the rise of consumer capitalism, vision and visuality, and the shifting pressures of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class during the modern era. Through collective close readings, student participation is encouraged during lecture.