J-Term 2021 Study Abroad Course Offering

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ENGL 297 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 121 or ENGL 190 or ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204
  • Counts as the second core/literature writing requirement for students under the current catalog who started with either an ENGL 121 or ENGL 201-204 class
  • Counts as an elective course for English majors and minors
  • Counts as an allied requirement for select business majors
  • Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement in the new core program
  • Pending approval to satisfy an Integration in the Humanities requirement
  • Satisfies a WAC Writing to Learn reqirement

Instructors
Dr. Catherine Craft-Fairchild (c9craftfairc@stthomas.edu) and Dr. Kelli Larson (kalarson1@stthomas.edu)

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.

Writing Assignments and Evaluation
You will have the opportunity to write two formal papers on Hemingway and Woolf, along with shorter reflection papers on other works and site visits as outlined in the syllabus.