An introduction to modern/postmodern culture that may include readings of novels, plays, short stories, poems, psychoanalytic theory, and art criticism/philosophy. The emphasis is on reading and interpreting different kinds of texts in broad cultural contexts.
ENGL 270: Aspects of Modernism
Instructor: Andrew Battaglia
English Department Area of Specialization:
Literature & Literary History
This course traces the development of modernist literature from its early origins in the fin-de-siècle mood of the 1890’s through its development into a self-stylized High Modernism to its inheritances in post-WWII post-modernism. Using primarily the prose narrative (novel and short story), we will interrogate the exorbitant aspirations, real successes and failures, and mythologized legacies of modernist and post-modernist writers including Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, Nella Larsen, Kate Chopin, James Baldwin, Thomas Pynchon, and Alice Munro.
This course is approved for group 1 distribution (D1)