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Spring 2014-2015
* ENG 357 / HUM 357 / URB 357 (LA)   na, npdf

Topics in American Literature - Mapping NYC Modernism: Lit. and Art

David M. Ball

The years 1880-1930 overturned much of the settled ground of art and literature. Cities accelerated these changes by bringing together disparate racial, ethnic, and artistic communities, nowhere more so than in New York. Through a study of multicultural literature and the arts, we will begin to map the role the city itself played in these transformative years. We will also travel to the sites that made these narratives possible--including extensive study of the holdings from our own museum collection--engaging in experiential learning about the modern period and studying the lasting aftereffects of modernism on the city in the 21st century.

Sample reading list:
Various, Collections of the Princeton Art Museum,
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks
Anzia Yezierska, The Bread Givers
Rebecca Zurier, Picturing the City: Urban Vision and the Ashcan School
Various, Early 20th-century newspaper comics,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly close reading and discussion of literary texts. 100-300 pages/week total. Rigorous plotting of scholarly waypoints on a digital map of modernist New York.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
The class will make two daylong, experiential learning trips to NYC as part of this course. Dates will be forthcoming as soon as travel plans are finalized. Distribution Requirement: Modernity

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43032 S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   McCormick Hall   363   Enrolled:6 Limit:15