ENGL-178-01 Progressive Era Literature
Contending Forces: American Novel at the Turn of the Century
By the first decades of the 20th-century,certain crises preoccupy American novels: mass migration to cities, a widening gap between rich and poor, changing gender roles, racial violence, and a threatened national identity (sound familiar?). In this class we’ll read compelling works by Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, Pauline Hopkins, Henry James, Kate Chopin, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to explore how these areas of concern intersect. We’ll focus on the cultural, political, philosophical, and ethical dimensions of fiction and how thoughts and emotions are embodied in the novel form and in the readers who experience them.
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