American First Persons in the 20th Century|
Spring 2009 not offered
Individualism has always been an important theme for American literature. Through readings in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, this course will examine how the project of self-definition changed in the contexts of modernity and postmodernity. We will consider how authors negotiate the demands of literary form as well as the demands of a cultural, ethnic, gendered, or sexual identity.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Adams, THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS (selections); poems and essays by Eliot, Hughes, and Frost; Johnson, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN; Stein, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS; Bellow, THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH; poems by Lowell, Bishop, Berryman, Plath and Ashbery; Roth, THE GHOST WRITER; prose by Baldwin, Mailer, and Moore.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class participation, one brief paper (5-7 pp.), one research report, one longer final paper (15-20 pp.).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a reading-intensive course. Students will be expected to keep up with assignments and contribute to discussions.
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