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Literature

2110. Modern Poetry
This course covers the body of modern poetry, its characteristic techniques, concerns, and major practitioners. The authors discussed range from Yeats, Eliot, and Pound to Stevens, Moore, Bishop, and Frost with additional lectures on the poetry of World War One, Imagism, and the Harlem Renaissance. Diverse methods of literary criticism are employed, such as historical, biographical, and gender criticism. Broad thematic concerns are also presented, including the existence or non-existence of God, the representation of a multi-vocalic society, the use and depiction of history, and Modernism's complicated relationship with its literary predecessors. Literary Modernism is frequently treated alongside other forms of Modernism, especially painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture, in order to convey a wider sense of the movement and the variations within it.
(Prof. Langdon Hammer, Yale University: Open Yale)

3210. Introduction to Theory of Literature
This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?
(Prof. Paul H. Fry, Yale University: Open Yale)

 

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