ENGLISH 440 - Modern Poetry
Fall 2018, Section 001 - Modernist Poetries in the U.S.
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Students will read a range of difficult and provocative poetry written in English in the U.S. (or in self-imposed exile from it) during the early twentieth century to the mid twentieth century. We will think critically and historically about the categories “Modernism”, modernity, and “modernisms” by which writers and literary historians have sought to make sense of this work and the pressures that saw it come about. We will consider how issues of race, class, gender, and nationality shape and are shaped by the writing we read, and wrestle with the claims about form, language, and the world that these writers engaged. There will be a few collections to buy and Xerox packets to print. Writers we read may include Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Charles Reznikoff, Gertrude Stein, Melvin Tolson, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, among others.

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Students will write short reflection papers and two longer (7-10 page) essays, or may opt to do an annotated anthology project.


ENGLISH 440 - Modern Poetry
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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