Jan 9 – Course Introduction
Readings: Harry Levin, story “What Was Modernism?”; Friedman, “Definitional Excursions” and “Periodizing Modernism”; Walkowitz and Mao, “The New Modernist Studies”
Jan 16 – Conrad
Debate Proposition: Heart of Darkness is a racist novel that should not be taught to undergraduates.
Jan 23 – Lewis
Tarr and BLAST! manifesto: http://writing.upenn.edu/library/Blast/Blast1-1_Manifesto.pdf
and Schmitt – from Political Theology (handout)
Debate Proposition: Lewis’s aesthetics are politically dangerous and irresponsible.
Jan 30 – West
Return of the Soldier and Freud – from The Ego and the Id (handout)
and Rivers – from “The Repression of War Experience” (handout)
Debate Proposition: West’s, Freud’s, and Rivers’s representations of repression are sexist.
Feb 6 – Class cancelled
Feb 13 – Reading Break
Feb 20 – Barnes
Nightwood and Havelock Ellis – from Studies in the Psychology of Sex: http://www.psyplexus.com/ellis/23.htm and David Harvey – from Paris: Capital of Modernity (handout)
Debate Proposition: Despite the revelatory nature of Nightwood, Barnes only repeats the characterization of homosexuality as a pathology.
Feb 27 – Woolf
The Waves and Patrick McGee – “The Politics of Modernist Form, or Who Rules The Waves?” (handout) and Orwell – “Politics and the English Language” http://blogs.ubc.ca/rmst221/files/2010/01/orwell-pol-en.pdf
Debate Proposition: Woolf’s use of form in The Waves has no political dimension.
Mar 6 – Lowry
Under the Volcano and David Trotter – from Paranoid Modernism (handout)
Debate Proposition: Under the Volcano is a paranoid fantasy in which all the action happens in Firmin’s mind in the instant of his death.
Term Paper Proposal Due
Mar 13 – Lowry II // Bowen I
The Heat of the Day
Debate Proposition: Bowen’s concentration on the everyday marks her modernism as feminine, contra Lowry’s masculine modernism.
Mar 20 – Bowen II
The Heat of the Day and Faragher – “The Form of Modernist Propaganda in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day” (handout)
Debate Proposition: The form of Bowen’s novel critiques the imperial relationship between Ireland and England.
Draft Term Paper Due
Mar 27 – Beckett I
Molloy and Hegel – from Phenomenology of Spirit (handout)
Debate Proposition: Moran and Molloy are the same person.
Apr 3 – Beckett II and Overview
* All Assignments are Due at 11:00 a.m. *
** Term Paper Due 11 April at 11:00 a.m. **