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The Cultures of American Modernism (EASM100)

30 credits

The American modernists differ from their British and European counterparts in being dispersed across a huge continent, with the result that their connection is defined less by mutual friends and common influences than by a shared commitment to producing difficult work. William Carlos Williams in the northeast had in common with William Faulkner in the Deep South that they set out to challenge their readers’ analytical skills. This module will introduce you to the work of eleven American modernist authors with the aim of unpacking as well as historicising their different experiments in difficulty.