Fall 2022

Intro to Modernism

Listed in: English, as ENGL-261

Moodle site: Course


Lise Shapiro Sanders (Section 01)


This course introduces students to modernist literature and culture, with a thematic focus on modernist cityscapes. We will study literary works by T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, James Joyce, Nella Larsen, Jean Rhys, and Virginia Woolf, among others, alongside photography and early cinema, reading these texts against historical and critical discussions of the role of the city in shaping modern experience. Among other topics, we will explore modernist experimentation with form and voice, and the imperative to “make it new”; war, violence, and trauma; race, gender, sexuality, and the nation; and the relationship between politics and aesthetics. Writing assignments will include forum posts, short essays, and a final research paper.

Limited to 35 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor L. Shapiro Sanders.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to English majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, discussion facilitation, group work, close textual analysis, audio-visual analysis, revision, self-evaluation. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022