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11. Modernist Portraits

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Unit Overview: Learning Objectives

After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to

  1. recognize the different types of formal experimentation in the fiction of modernist writers such as Stein, Hemingway, Anderson, and Dos Passos, as well as in the poetry of Stevens, Moore, and Crane;

  2. appreciate the diversity of modernist authors, especially the difference in subject matter treated by authors such as Glaspell, Fitzgerald, Larsen, Hemingway, and Stein;

  3. understand the implications of the social and political transformations that reshaped American life during the modern era and the effect of these changes on the literature produced;

  4. see connections between the art and literature of the modern era and be able to identify how popular culture informs both.




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