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ENGS 252 – Modernism and Innovation

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Recent topics: "The Beat Generation;" "Literature and Society in Modern Ireland;" "Dostoevsky's Influence on 20th Century American Literature." Prerequisite: ENGS 086; six hours at the intermediate level; Instructor permission.

Section Description: English Seminar Modernism and Innovation Professor Huck Gutman “Make it new!” exclaimed Ezra Pound, famously, in the second decade of the twentieth century. This seminar will examine innovation in the modern period by looking at poetry, fiction, music and art. Among the authors to be studied are novelists Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and Gertrude Stein, poets T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens. Others studied will include painters Paul Cézanne, Douanier Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Wassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian; and composers Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg and Erik Satie. The course will begin with precursors, including painter Edouard Manet, fiction writer Anton Chekhov, composer Ludwig van Beethoven, and dramatist Henrik Ibsen. As a seminar, this class will be structured around student research, presentations, papers. Previous knowledge of either music or art history is not required. Enrollment limited to those students who are seniors or juniors and who have taken at least two 100-level courses that concentrate on the period 1850-1930. The courses can be in English, foreign languages, art, history, music or philosophy. Students who do not have this background will be disenrolled or must obtain instructor permission.

CRN: 13983

Section: B

Enrolled/Seats: 10/22

Days Time Location
W 16:05 - 19:05 OLD MILL ANNEX A202

Instructor(s): Stanley Gutman

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2014 - 30 Apr 2014