Saturday, June 27, 2009

Day One: Introduction and Beginnings

Precursors and the Start of the 20th Century
Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson: Yawps, Asides
E. A. Robinson and Robert Frost: “The Sound of Sense”
The Modernist Project
Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot: Imagism, Collage, “Make It New”

A bit more on Whitman and Dickinson.

Day Two: American Modernism

Modernism Ascendant
Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore: Bric-a-brac
William Carlos Williams: The Armory Show, “The Mouths of Polish Mothers”
E. E. Cummings: Poetry, Painting
William Carlos Williams and W. H. Auden: Looking at Brueghel

Day Three: Home and Abroad

The Harlem Renaissance
Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jacob Lawrence, Jazz and Blues
The Lost Generation
Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein: “Who Is Calling Who a Lost Generation?”

A section of a poem by Stein: Tender Buttons [Objects]

Day Four: North and South

The New Yorker Crowd
Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, James Thurber: “To Be Thrown with Great Force”
Small Towns, Big Cities
Eudora Welty, William Faulkner: Fiction, Friction
Richard Wright, James Agee: Racial Redress, Photography
H. L. Mencken: The Sage of Baltimore
Delmore Schwartz: The Heavy Bear

A short film by Benchley: "How to Eat"

An interview with Thurber: "The Art of Fiction"

A poetry sequence by Wright: "Five Haikus"

An essay about Agee: "A Famous Man"