This course will introduce students to some of the United States authors who published between 1900-1950. We will learn about the intellectual and cultural milieu of this period and examine how writers grappled with new dimensions of American life: the growth of cities, the emergence of mass culture and conspicuous consumption, the fault lines of immigration and race, and attitudes about sexuality. The authors we read may include: Edith Wharton, W.E.B. DuBois, Ernest Hemingway, James Weldon Johnson, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Nella Larsen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carson McCullers, and Nathanael West. Students will be required to write three short papers and other writing exercises.