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Topics in American Literature: 1900-1945

ENGL 284.401

The course will offer a broad but intensive survey of the varieties of literature published in America between the First and Second World Wars: fiction and non-fiction, poetry and drama. The list of readings will include work by Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Wallace Stevens, Pearl Buck, John Dos Passos, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Eugene O'Neill and Richard Wright. The class will incorporate some attention to the visual art of the period (painting and photography). Students will be expected to attend every class, and to come prepared for discussion. Requirements will include oral reports, brief written response papers, occasional quizzes, a research essay, and a final exam.