J-Term 2020 Study Abroad Course Offering

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UMAIE Modernist Europe: Nationalism, War, and Recovery in Literature

Program Highlights

  • Join us on a literary adventure as we explore the key ideas of Modernism in the cafes, museums, and bookstores where Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, and other moderns worked and played in London, Paris, and Madrid.
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204
  • Fulfills: ENGL 297U for English majors or minors or second Literature & Writing core if first literature/writing core course was ENGL 201-204; allied requirement for Business majors; WAC - Writing to Learn

Instructors
Dr. Catherine Craft-Fairchild and Dr. Kelli Larson

Academic Overview
Join us on a literary adventure as we explore the key ideas of Modernism in the cafés, museums, and bookstores where Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, and other Moderns worked and played in London, Paris, and Madrid. “Make it new” was the rallying cry of these visionary writers who exploded into that revolutionary period between World War I and World War II, a period characterized by experimentation and innovation in all the arts. Yet it was also a period that could not escape the dark undertow of imperialism and toxic nationalism that preceded and undergirded it, much as the Modernists questioned those things. Together we will study Modernist works within the history, geography, and culture of Europe in the 1920s and 30s, and apply our understanding of the past to the present. Goals of the course are to gain 3 greater familiarity with British and American Modernism, to explore intercultural connections, and to engage in self-reflective and analytical writing.

Evaluation
Papers:          40%
Journals:        30%
Participation:  30% (site visits, discussions)

Location and Tentative Dates
January 2     Depart MSP
January 25   Return to MSP