SSI2 160

Modernist Literature

In this course, students examine key authors in the Modernist movement. Focusing on the most important figures, such as Woolf, Eliot, Stein, H.D. and Hemingway, students trace the development of a style that pushed the boundaries of all of the arts as it attempted to understand a radically changing world. To frame this investigation, students become fluent in their ability to distinguish between the multiple movements within Modernism as a whole--Imagism, Cubism, Surrealism, the Harlem Renaissance, Bauhaus--and will even try their hand at some of these creative techniques. Students ponder their dreams with Freud, sing off-key with Stravinsky, turn the world into geometry with Picasso, and figure out why Frank Lloyd Wright could stick a house on top of a waterfall. While introducing students to this broad view of the period, however, the course asks, above all, that students deeply investigate the writers of this period. The course aims to ignite the imagination while demanding critical thinking and expert writing. Affiliate: English.

Prerequisites: SSI2 enrollment requires completion of SSI1 seminar