Summer 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao Peter
Discipline and Number
LIT 3325 Section 05A
MW Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
American Modernism

Description of Course:

LIT 3325 (3 semester hours) surveys American literature from about 1914 to 1945. The course examines literary trends by sampling such writers as Hemingway, Chandler, Steinbeck, Larsen, and O'Neill, and considers such topics as the grotesque, new criticism, imagism, social realism, the Harlem Renaissance, and the poor white.

Required Texts:

Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio
Nella Larsen, Passing
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Eugene O'Neill, The Iceman Cometh

Handouts, such as Eliot's “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” will be available through

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Course seeks to offer students the potential to: 1) Demonstrate an understanding of literary trends and movements in American literature from about 1914 to 1945; 2) Complete an essay demonstrating the ability to synthesize course readings into an argument that offers analytical insight into American modernist literature; 3) Demonstrate familiarity with key American writers from about 1914 to 1945; 4) Demonstrate an understanding of how this specific literary period fits into the larger scope of American literature.

Evaluation Criteria:
Class discussion will be important
Two Short Answer Exams
One Essay Exam

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