The New York Intellectuals|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
This course is a research seminar on the lives and work of the small group of mainly Jewish left-wing intellectuals who reshaped American culture in the two decades after World War II. We will consider how it was that a small group of poor Jewish kids, who had grown up thinking themselves marginal to American society, ended up becoming among the most revered and influential intellectuals of the postwar era. Our main focus will be on the development of their ideas about art, politics, and culture and on the way their ideas bore fruit in some of the important literary expression of the postwar decades. But we will also consider the sociological and political factors that help explain their rise to influence. Among the writers whose work we will discuss will be Woody Allen, James Baldwin, Daniel Bell, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Clement Greenberg, Elizabeth Hardwick, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, Irving Kristol, Dwight Macdonald, Mary McCarthy, Norman Podhoretz, and Lionel Trilling. Readings will include critical essays, novels, poems, memoirs, and short stories. Viewings of paintings, photographs, and documentary films will be recommended.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)
Essays, stories, and novels by Woody Allen, James Baldwin, Daniel Bell, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Clement Greenberg, Elizabeth Hardwick, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, Irving Kristol, Dwight Macdonald, Mary McCarthy, Norman Podhoretz, and Lionel Trilling.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Research essay (15-20 pp); annotated bibliography (2-5 pp); review of scholarship (3-5 pp); three response papers (2-4 pp each)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course contributes to the English Department American Literature & Theory & Literary Forms concentrations. It fulfills the English Major theory requirement and the research seminar requirement for prospective thesis writers in English.
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