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Topics in American Literature

English Literature 317 - Spring 2020

Who decides what gets printed? How do publishing conditions affect our conception of literary movements? And can digital tools help us fill in gaps where authors and artists have been left out of the story? This course traces the history of independent publishing in the U.S. and England in the 20th century. We will discuss the work of a range of author-possibly including Virginia Woolf, Hope Mirrlees, Claude McKay, Mulk Raj Anand, Rabindranath Tagore, Zora Neale Hurston, and Gwendolyn Brooks, among others-but will focus in particular on authors writing from marginalized positions, and works printed with independent presses. In addition to looking at the historical circumstances of publishing, we will explore 21st-century interpretations of modernist texts in the form of digital editions, online archives, and other forms of interactive media. Students will have the opportunity to work in Special Collections to create their own digital projects related to the recovery, preservation, or interpretation of a text in the university library's collection. This is a collaboratively-run, co-taught course; no prior coursework in English is necessary to enroll. Satisfies the Twentieth Century and later requirement.

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Topics in American Literature
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