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Spring 2013 Course Descriptions

English 3703  American Literature: 1900 to 1950  (2 Sections)

Section 001       CRN 31623
American Literature: 1900 to 1950     1400-1515 TR

Emphasis on such topics as modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, and World War II. Writers may include Cather, Eliot, Wharton, Hemingway, Hurston, W. C. Williams, Moore, Faulkner, Stevens, Wright, O’Neill. (Group 3C)

Section 002       CRN 31624
American Literature: 1900 to 1950     0900-0950 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, 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, Ernest Hemingway, 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)