Modern Classics: Joyce, Woolf, and Faulkner
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3545
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Literature
  • Fiction
Description:
This course focuses on challenging works by three of the greatest authors of the 20th century, each a major force in the cultural awakening we call the modernist movement in literature. We begin with James Joyce’s groundbreaking experimental novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, in which he transforms his suffocating Dublin boyhood into a symbol for the struggle of young modern artists everywhere. We then turn to Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, each a metaphysical and psychological journey taken within the context of daily life. Last we read William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury, a narrative rooted in the American South but reflecting the universal landscapes of the human soul, and The Reivers, a novel that weaves together rascality and wisdom. We also view major screen adaptations of “The Dead” from Dubliners, The Reivers, and Mrs. Dalloway.
Course Open to: Degree Students