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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 3703  American Literature: 1900 to 1950 

English 3703 Section 001       CRN 31623
Leddy
Modern American Literature: 1900 to 1950      1200-1250 MWF

We will read great poetry and fiction, with one eye toward what is “modern” (or “modernist”) and “American” about what we're reading, and another eye toward the distinctive qualities of the work under discussion. We’ll read poems by T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, Lorine Niedecker, Charles Reznikoff, David Schubert, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams (making the course, among other things, an experience in how to really read poetry and get something from it). We’ll read fiction by Djuna Barnes. Willa Cather, William Faulkner, and Zora Neale Hurston.

The course will require dedicated daily work (reading and talking), several essays and short pieces of writing, and a final examination. (Group 3C)