ENGL 397

Becoming Modern

Prerequisite: Sophomores with permission. A seminar focusing on 20th-century novels that helped to shape modern literature as well as our sense of what it means to be “modern.” Readings may include works by American, British, Irish, and European writers (in translation). Topics include the rise of mass culture and new technologies, crises of war and empire, and changing representations of the self, the unconscious, gender, and sexuality. Offered alternate years in the fall semester. May be counted as an auxiliary course toward the minor in gender studies. III.W, V.1, V.2