EN323 Literary Modernism

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EN 323 Literary Modernism


FA 2011 HO


Wood, Jane


Dean, CLAS


Ph.D. English, University of Kansas
MA English, University of Kansas
BA English, University of Missouri

Office Location

209 Copley

Office Hours

By appointment; Contact Cathy Boisen at 584-6480

Daytime Phone




Web Page


Semester Dates

Fall 2011

Class Days

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Class Time

TR: 10:10 A.M.

Credit Hours




Modernism: An Anthology published by Blackwell 0631204490

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 9780060916503

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 0743297334

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 9780679732242

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf  9780151009985

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 9780743273565

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Course Description:
EN323 Literary Modernism - Focuses on literature of the first half of the twentieth century with emphasis on British and American texts and cultural/historical contexts. Intended for English majors and minors. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I will ask you to entertain the notion that reading and discussing literature matters. Indeed, I believe that who we choose to become as individuals and as a collective community springs directly from our ability to understand and make sense of the complexity of personal and collective life. Literature allows us to contemplate ways, as James Baldwin so eloquently writes, “to impose order on the void.” Read well, think and write wisely, discuss your interpretations as if the world depends upon your thoughts and ideas. For, indeed, I believe that it does.
Also consider these wise words from Kurt Vonnegut:
"Practicing an art no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." --from A Man Without a Country

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Construct, on the basis of a range of literary texts and theories of modernism, a working definition of modernism
  2. 2. Interpret a text or collection of texts with regard to the modernist tradition and its concerns
  3. 3. Articulate the significance of the modernist movement on present culture.
Class Assessment:

Mid-term, final, research paper, group project, weekly quizzes over the reading


Mid-term: 20%
Final: 25%
Research Paper: 20%
Group Project: 15%
Quizzes: 20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

For every day that your work is late, it will drop one letter grade. If you are late to class, and hand the work in after I have already collected the work, it will be counted as late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Bring a copy of this syllabus to class with you each class session, as well as the text whose readings we will be discussing.
  • Civility at all times, both in group discussion and individual ones.
  • Turn off cell phones, NO text messaging during class, NO use of computers in class 
  • Avoid fiddling with or attempting to use: IPod, IPhone, whatever device disrupts the class
  • Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Weekly Schedule (Subject to Change at the Need of the Professor and/or Students)

    EN323 Weekly Syllabus—Fall 2011


    Week One: (August 16th) Introduction to Modernism as an International Movement--The Nineteenth Century Background 

    Readings: Begin reading The Sun Also Rises 

    Week Two: (August 23rd) World War I and Modernism

    Readings: The Sun Also Rises 

    Week Three: (August 30th) Canonical or High Modernism—The New Criticism

    Readings: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” ; “The Waste Land” ; Stein “A Description of the Fifteenth of November: A Portrait of T.S. Eliot (1934)”; Stein, “What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them?”            

    Week Four: (Sept. 6th) The New America

    Readings: The Great Gatsby

    Week Five:  (Sept. 13th) The Harlem Renaissance

    Readings: Their Eyes Were Watching God 

    Week Six: (Sept. 20th) Modern Art—Special Guest Lecturer—Donna Bachman

    (Sept. 24th) The Harlem Renaissance, continued

    Readings: Finish Their Eyes Were Watching God 

                    “The Weary Blues” Langston Hughes (handout)

                   “Theme For English B” Langston Hughes (handout)

                   “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” Langston Hughes (handout)

                   “I, too, Sing America” (handout)                            

    Week Seven: (Sept. 27th) Modernism and the “new” Psychology: Special Guest Lecturer—Dr. Brian Cowley 

    Readings: JoyceAraby”; “A Little Cloud”;

    Week Eight: (October 4th) The Modern Kunstleroman

    Readings: H.D. “Orchard” ; “Oread”; “Garden”; “Eurydice”; “Helen”

    Midterm: Friday: Oct. 6th 

    Week Nine: (October 18th) The Modern Novel

    Readings: Mrs. Dalloway ; “Modern Fiction (1919/1925) 

    Week Ten: (October 25th) The Modern Woman

    Readings: Finish Mrs. Dalloway 

    Week Eleven: (Nov. 1st) Modern Man and Identity

    Readings: Kafka:The Metamorphosis” (posted in eCompanion) ; Beckett: Endgame

    Week Twelve: (Nov. 8th) Modernism and Colonialism

    (Nov. 8th) Modernism and Karl Marx: Special Guest Lecturer—Dr. Adam Potthast

    Readings: Yeats: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (handout)“Easter, 1916”;“Sailing to Byzantium”(handout);“Among Schoolchildren;“Crazy Jane and the Bishop”;”A Prayer for My Son”; “The Second Coming” 

    Week Thirteen: (Nov. 15th) The Modern American South

    Readings: The Sound and the Fury 

    Week Fourteen: (Nov. 22nd) The Modern American Southern Woman

    Readings: Finish The Sound and the Fury 

    Week Fifteen: (Nov. 29th) Review, Evaluations, Research Paper

    Dec. 6th: Bring rough draft of paper to class for workshop

    Dec. 8th: Research Paper Due at beginning of class time, review, evaluations 

    Week Sixteen: Final Exam--


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    Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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    1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
    2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
    3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
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    6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

    Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
    I take attendance at the beginning of class. If you are not in your seat when I take attendance you will be counted absent. After five absences, you will drop one letter in the course grade (this includes times when you may have been in class, but missed the attendance call.)
    After 10 absences, you will receive an "F" in the course.
    Excused absences require documentation and include emergency room visits, family emergencies, etc. Doctor's appointments that can be scheduled are not excused,etc.

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