ENGLISH 548 - Literature of the Modern Period
Section: 001 Comparative Approaches to Long Modernisms
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Both modernist studies and American studies staked claims to having been made “new” in the 1990s, thus participating in the discourse of exceptionality that has led these domains of thought and cultural production to produce both fascinating and, at times, troubling results. The inclusionary expansions of “New Modernisms” and the “New American Studies” fall under several rubrics: comparative studies, global/planetary cultures, new & mixed media, multiethnic literatures, and long modernisms, among others. These areas of research have opened up a wide range of inter- and intra-national comparative questions, such as those of genre and form, trans/gender, migrancy, labor, new materialism, language and translation, sexualities, race, states of precarity, and visual and sound studies.

We’ll examine key trends shaping multiethnic modernist fiction in a broad historical context, starting with emergent U.S. imperial and racialist modernity, from 1890s views of U.S. immigration and territorial expansion to 1930s and 40s depictions of migration and racialized labor. Then we’ll pursue similar aspects of late-20th and early-21st narrative and transmedia experiments with the novel form to ask if modernisms endure not only in the postmodern period, but also in contemporary Information Age cultures. Approaching modernism in this capacious historical framework enables a wide range of comparative contexts regarding language, media/platform, nationalism/globality, gender and sexuality, narrative form, and memory/futurity. Our course material will engage these topics through literatures of mixed, translated, and artificial languages, feminist and anti-racialist themes and forms, and avant-garde treatments of sex and sexuality.

ENGLISH 548 - Literature of the Modern Period
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 1107083958
The Cambridge companion to the American modernist novel
ISBN: 0520248066
Gertrude Stein : selections, Author: edited and with an introduction by Joan Retallack., Publisher: University Of California Press 2008
ISBN: 1885030304
And China has hands, Author: Tsiang, H. T., 1899-1971,
ISBN: 0520261291
Dictee., Author: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha., Publisher: University of California Press 1st Calif. 2009
ISBN: 0393979164
Passing : authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, about Nella Larsen, criticism, Author: Nella Larsen ; edited by Carla Kaplan., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. 1. ed. 2006
ISBN: 1558850120
George Washington Gomez : a Mexicotexan novel, Author: Americo Paredes., Publisher: Arte Publico Press 2. ed., 3. 1990
ISBN: 0393931684
Cane : authoritative text, contexts, criticism, Author: Jean Toomer., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. 2nd ed. 2011
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