English Studies (ENGL) - “Make It New”: Contemporary American Literature

ENGL 2267  “Make It New”: Contemporary American Literature


Three credits of 1000 level ENGL (excluding ENGL 1501, ENGL 1502) or any 18 credits completed (excluding ENGL 1501, ENGL 1502, ENGL 2001, ENGL 2011).


ENGL 2265


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




Experimenting with literary form, twentieth-century American artists, novelists, poets, and playwrights set out to redefine American literature by “making it new.” The preoccupation with newness also shapes America’s postmillennial literature. In this course, students examine the implications of “making it new” to literary form, but also to socio-cultural markers like gender, race, and ethnicity as they explore twentieth- and twenty-first century American narratives (examples may include works of poetry, drama, fiction, or nonfiction).

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