The idea of literature as a distinct discipline developed side-by-side with the capitalist world system, which from the mid-nineteenth century onward has faced a series of crises that have revealed violent global interdependencies and prompted radical social change. The literary arts correspondingly underwent profound transformations in form, language, and media that persisted through to the end of the twentieth century. How can we understand these innovations in relation to historical shifts in sexuality, decolonization, race, science, technology, and the environment?
45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework including 6 credits of 100 or 200-level ENGL
ENGL 354 is an approved Culture and Creative Expression course for Cap Core requirements.
This special topics in literary history course will focus on a specific period or movement between the mid-nineteenth and late-twentieth century. For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.
Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).