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ENGLISH 140: Modernism Today

Ezra Pound declared that literature was 'news that stays news.' This class looks back at some monuments of modernist literature and asks: how has modernism stayed new? What elements of its styles, themes, and forms remain useful today? Each unit consists of a pairing between a modernist writer and a later author who used modernist techniques in a different time for a new purpose. We'll look at modernism from the perspective of marginalized figures often excluded from its key texts. In the process, you'll be asked to think about and analyze your own relations - positive and negative - with the literary canon.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II

ENGLISH 140C: Sex and Violence in Jacobean Tragedy

Jacobean tragedy refers to the high-water mark of English tragedy achieved during the reign of James I. Think Othello and Macbeth. During these years (1603-25) Shakespeare and his talented contemporaries unflinchingly examined the role played by lust, violence, political intrigue, revenge ('a wild kind of justice'), and the certitude of death in constituting the meaning of human existence. We will read classic examples of this 'theater of cruelty' by Shakespeare and his rivals and collaborators Thomas Heywood, Thomas Middleton, and John Webster.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5
Instructors: Hoxby, B. (PI)
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