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Literature and the Modern World

Literature and the Modern World, is an introductory course that traces the American and British modernist literature tradition as it emerged in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. We will examine how authors including Sarah Orne Jewett, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and David Foster Wallace responded to the rapid progress of the industrial revolution, the great World Wars, the Civil Rights movement, the Cold War, and the turn of the twenty-first century through their essays, fiction, and poetry. We will see how literature has represented social change and affected our current perceptions of it. This course is writing-intensive and web-based, and uses BlackBoard to deliver primary content and supplementary media materials.