An exploration of modernist work from the late 19th century to World War II. Course includes fiction, poetry, film, painting, theatre, music and theories of art.
ENGL 356: MODERNISMS
ELIOT, JOYCE, AND WOOLF
Dr. Lamos / MWF 11 – 11:50
Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, and James Joyce are widely acknowledged as the most important writers of the 20th Century. Their impact is incalculable. If you want to know modern literature, you need to know about them.
Their work revolutionized literature. Ulysses, Joyce’s magnum opus, was banned for obscenity. Eliot’s poem, The Waste Land, was so bizarre as to be “unreadable.” Woolf’s “stream-of-consciousness” novels and feminist prose shocked the English. They continue to challenge and startle us.
Our course is centered on their major works--The Waste Land, Ulysses, and To the Lighthouse---within the context of their individual oeuvres as well as the Modernist movement in general. We will read their works closely. Requirements: three 7-8 page essays and 10 single-page analyses.