Summer 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao, Peter
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6360 Section 05A
MW Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
20th Century U.S. Literature

Description of Course:

HUSL 6360 may focus on twentieth-century British, European, American, Latin American, or Asian contexts. Our focus will be upon twentieth-century American literature as we survey writers, styles, and movements from modernism to postmodernism. The course samples such authors as Miller, Morrison, Thompson, and Mamet, and considers such topics as the creation of meaning in modernist texts, the black arts movement, the new journalism, and the mediation of experience. The class is designed to encourage open discussion and has the potential to be of value to graduate students seeking to understand the development of twentieth-century American literature and the connections between literature and cultural and artistic ideologies. With these connections in mind, the class will also incorporate film and music.

Required Texts:

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross
Don DeLillo, White Noise

A selection of modernist and mid-twentieth century poetry by such authors as William Carlos Williams and Allen Ginsberg will be available on e-reserve.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Short Presentations
Annotated Bibliography

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