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Fall 2011-2012
ECS 317 / COM 317 (LA)   No Audit

Transnational Modernism

Benjamin Conisbee Baer

How did modernist writers around the world imagine and represent other worlds in relation to their own? How were tangled lines of connection and disjuncture, locality, inter- and outer-nationality, movement and stasis, given form in different places and situations? Does this have anything to do with the specificity of what we call "modernism" in literature? Can modernism sabotage a globalizing modernity? We trace lines of (dis)connection--from Harlem to Paris to a wider black diaspora encompassing Africa and the Caribbean; from England to the Americas; below the nation in colonial India; and from the Antilles to Algeria to France.

Sample reading list:
Alain Locke, The New Negro
Claude McKay, Banjo
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier
Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, The Tale of Hansuli Turn
Assia Djebar, Children of the New World

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approx 100-200 pages reading per week. Mainly fiction and poetry; some literary criticism and history. Short biweekly response papers; 5-page take-home midterm-week paper; 7-page final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 35%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23651 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Scheide Caldwell House   203   Enrolled:4 Limit:20