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This course will introduce you to modernist literature in the United States. We will study literary modernism as it engages modernism in the other arts (the visual arts, music, film, dance); scientific and technological innovations (mass production, psychoanalysis, the automobile, the skyscraper); and historical and political contexts (immigration, migration north, the two world wars, U.S. imperialism, the great depression, the modern city). We will also study the importance of little magazines to the articulation and dissemination of modernist aims and ideals, and each student will complete a research project on a little magazine. 


Reading quizzes; two short analytical essays; a longer final paper; active participation in class discussion.


Excellent attendance is expected and attendance will count towards the final grade.


Sigmund Freud, Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Norton 0-393-00847-9)[or, free Etext]

Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons (Sun & Moon Press 1-55713-093-0) OR (Martino 1614271771)

W.C. Williams, Spring and All (New Directions 0811218910)

Willa Cather, My Antonia (Prestwick House 1580493440)

Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time (1925) (Scribner 0684822768)

Jean Toomer, Cane (Norton 0393931684)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Scribner 0743273567; 978-0743273565)

Nella Larsen, Quicksand and Passing (Wilder Publications 1604599928)

Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues (Knopf 978-0385352970)

Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts & Day of the Locust (New Directions 978-0811218221)

Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Liveright 978-0871403179)

James Agee & Walker Evans, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (Mariner Books 0618127496)

On-line texts:

Freud, Five Lectures [link from ELC: project gutenberg]

Muriel Rukeyser, Book of the Dead 1938 [ER]

H.D. Sea Garden 1916 [ELC, pdf file]

Henry Ford, “Ch. 5 Getting Into Production,” “Ch. 7 The Terror of the Machine” My Life and

Work 1922 [link from ELC: project gutenberg]