English 639


English 639: Studies in 20th-Century Literature:

“Transatlantic Modernisms”

Dr. Jolanta Wawrzycka

CHBS Building 4117. E-mail: jolanta@radford.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, we are embarking on a transatlantic journey. We will shuttle between New York, London and Paris to visit the sites of Modernism represented by the Harlem Renaissance, Bloomsbury
, and the Left Bank of Paris. As we trace the roots of Modernism, we will follow the footsteps of such “Americans in Paris” as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Janet Flanner, Djuna Barnes, Sylvia Beach, and such “Americans in London” as Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and H.D. They all shaped the intellectual climate of the early 20th-Century and contributed immensely to the artistic palette of literary Modernism. We will study some of their interactions and sample their writings. We will also take a closer look at the issues of genre, gender and study statements about artistic process and artistic creation in a broader modernist milieu.

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CONTEXT: The presence of James Joyce in Paris is central to that scene: Sylvia Beach made history in 1922 by publishing Joyce’s Ulysses, a book that Virginia Woolf rejected as a candidate for her Hogarth Press. However, as a doyenne of the cutting-edge London’s Bloomsbury Group, Virginia Woolf not only marked the 1922 by publishing Eliot’s The Waste Land, Mansfield’s The Garden Party, and her own Jacob’s Room, but she also defined (and forged her own brand of) Modernism through her art, politics, and a host of literary landmarks she published over the years. Familiarity with Manifestos (Dadaist, Futurist, Surrealist, D2L) will deepen our understanding of Modernist trends.

Typically, the following texts and readings are included in this course:

  1. Shari Benstock, Women of the Left Bank (WLB).

  2. Bonnie Kime Scott, The Gender of Modernism (GM).

  3. Selections from:
    Gertrude Stein,
    Ezra Pound,
    H. D.,
    Marianne Moore,
    Zola Neale Hurston.

  4. Futurist, Dadaist, and Surrealist Manifestos.

  5. Janet Flanner, Paris was Yesterday (fragments).

  6. Djuna Barnes, “Mother” and “To the Dogs.”

  7. Sylvia Beach, Shakespeare and Company (selections).

  8. James Joyce, Ulysses (“Calypso” and “Nausicaa”).

  9. Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, Modern Fiction and Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.

  10. T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Waste Land.”

  11. Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Party.

Syllabus is available on D2L

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