Hey everyone! Since the semester is coming to a close, I know all of us are working to make our next semester schedules. While doing this, I saw a class that may interest a lot of you. As you know, this class deals with Modernist poetry, so if you have been interested in the Modernist movement, this might be a fun class to take. I’m not sure if the screen-cap will show up, but the class is called: The Modern Novel: Dysfunctional Families and Unspeakable Desires. I’ll paste the course description below:
“The Modern Novel: Dysfunctional Families and Unspeakable Desires”: The twentieth-century novel seems haunted by dysfunctional families and unspeakable desires. Our class explores landmark novels that have come to define literary Modernism, with works featuring a disastrous Christmas dinner with screaming family members; an undergraduate from Mississippi obsessed with his sister; an anxious evening wondering if Mommy would kiss her son before bedtime; a man preferring bondage to marriage. We will analyze some of the literary techniques that characterize the Modernist novel (stream-of-consciousness, interior monologue, psychological realism, narrative fragmentation, among others), and we will address the many desires and intimacies that Modernist writers located upon the family, even as their protagonists sought to escape from it. We will explore these issues across a range of texts, most which remain enormously popular among that fabled figure Virginia Woolf called “the common reader.” Authors we will read include Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, William Faulkner, Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Joseph Conrad.
I instantly signed up when the description revealed we’d be reading Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” (and even if you don’t take that class, I recommend this book), and overall it seems like a really interesting class that could offer more insight into the Modernist literary movement.
The class meets every Tuesday & Thursday from 2pm- 3.20pm, so if you need another class or this seems interesting to you, I recommend signing up before all the spaces close up!
EDIT: The CRN for this class is 3415, in case you were wondering!!
– Victoria Shelton
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