AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Fall 2022, Section 018 - US Modernism in Word and Image
Instruction Mode: Section 018 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

How does one write something that’s never been thought? Why would an author write in mixed or invented languages? How do visual images respond to written narratives (and vice-versa)? We will discuss a broad range of novels, short fiction, film, photography, and graphic arts composed between 1898 and 1945 and the historical, political, and cultural trends that they were responding to and participating in. This was an extraordinary and tumultuous period of demographic change, artistic invention, economic instability, racialized violence, and political contestation that witnessed mass immigration, migration, and emigration. In paying particular attention to trends of demographic displacement and change within and across national borders, we’ll consider the heady experiments in language and narrative that took place during the first half of the twentieth century. The historical events of this period—framed by the wars of 1898 and World War II—will provide context for the novels we read.  

Some of the broad questions that we’ll track throughout the term include the following. How do these authors define the “modern”? What, for that matter, is a “novel” in twentieth-century U.S. literature?  How did these authors participate (and resist) the process of defining who counted as an “American”? What role did expatriates and immigrants play in the “new” United States of the twentieth century? How did modernists narrate the past? How did trends in technology (mass production, cinema, transportation), science (relativity), and politics influence novelists’ roles within U.S. modernity? How did these authors reconcile the modernist imperative to “make it new” with the histories of the U.S. and the Americas?  What were the new languages of modernity?  Authors we read may include Willa Cather, John Dos Passos, Nella Larsen, Américo Paredes, Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, H.T. Tsiang, and Richard Wright. 

Major Requirement: American Literature, Identity and Difference

Course Requirements:

Course requirements will include discussion posts, exams, and two essays. 

Schedule

AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
26397
Open
6
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
34104
Open
5
 
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
34124
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
010 (LEC)
 In Person
34353
Open
34
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: This is a meet-together with HISTORY 283 LEC 001.
011 (DIS)
 In Person
34354
Closed
0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: This is a meet-together with HISTORY 283 DIS 002.
013 (DIS)
 In Person
34357
Open
16
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: This is a meet-together with HISTORY 283 DIS 004.
016 (DIS)
 In Person
34360
Closed
0
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: This is a meet-together with HISTORY 283 DIS 007.
017 (LEC)
 In Person
34836
Open
5
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: This is a meet-together with HIST 294.
018 (LEC)
 In Person
34980
Open
2
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: This is a meet-together with English 362 sec 001.
019 (LEC)
 In Person
35235
Closed
0
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: This is a meet-together with English 317 sec 002.

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