T4940 – The Modernist Moment: Literature Between the Wars (Preview)

London, Paris, Caen, Nice
Faculty: Cecilia Konchar Farr and Melissa Bradshaw
01/01/2018 – 01/23/2018

This intermediate-level literature course explores the major ideas of modernism in the cafes, museums, bars, and bookstores where Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Virginia Woolf and other moderns worked and played in London, Paris, and Nice.

Academic Overview
Think of modernism and we think of experimentation and innovation, of breaking with the past and looking to the future, of wild artistic and literary movements, inventive scientific theories and philosophies. Modernism set the stage for a twentieth century characterized by unprecedented change; it enacted the first half of a drama we continue to play out today. Together, we will explore the key ideas of modernism as we examine two of its major literary texts—Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. We will reinforce reading, writing and analytic skills as we locate these two novels (as well as short stories, essays, and poems) in the history, geography, and culture of Europe in the 1920ies and 30ies. By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate the uniqueness of the modernist moment, the fruitful intersection of European and American cultures between the wars.

Program Fee
Cost: $5395-$5695
*Each home institution may have supplementary fees in addition to the price listed.  Comprehensive Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, one lunch and five dinners (subject to change).

Prerequisites
This will be a 200-level literature course; prefer completion of a first-year composition or entry-level literature course but will consider successful completion of a core humanities class—theology, philosophy or history.

Required Readings
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Readings Packet (to be distributed)

Evaluation
Students will write two short response papers, one on Mrs. Dalloway, due soon after we arrive in London, and one on The Sun Also Rises. Both papers will be shared in group discussions. Short journal-entry responses will also be required on other works and as reflections on site visits as outlined in the syllabus. A final synthesis paper (3-5 pages) will also be in journal-entry format. Since site visits and class discussion constitute the content of this course, attendance is mandatory. Even one absence will affect the grade. Grading will add up approximately as follows:                                                          
Papers (Hem and Woolf) 50 points each. Journal entries (and synthesis) 100 points total. Participation (sites, discussions) 100 points. Total 300 points.

Attendance/Participation are expected and points will be deducted from the total course grade for absences.

Program Directors
Cecilia Konchar Farr, Ph.D., St. Catherine University, (651) 690.6559, email: ckfarr@stkate.edu

Melissa Bradshaw, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, St. Catherine University for this course, Professor at Loyola University Chicago, (773) 508.2796, email: mbradshaw@luc.edu

Description of Faculty Directors
Cecilia Konchar Farr is Chair of English, Carondelet Scholar, and Professor of English and Women’s Studies in the Women’s College at St. Catherine University.  Her research interests all circle around novels—their history, their (women) readers, and their social, educational, aesthetic, and political work. Professor Konchar Farr has led 7 other UMAIE courses.

Melissa Bradshaw is co-teaching this UMAIE course with Cecilia Konchar Farr for the fourth time.  Professor Bradshaw is an Advanced Lecturer and Writing Across the Curriculum Director at Loyola University Chicago.   She is a respected expert in Modernist Studies, having published three books on the poet Amy Lowell, as well as numerous articles in modernist and gender studies. Professor Bradshaw has reading and speaking proficiency in French.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2017.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

For more information on course content, contact Cecilia Konchar Farr
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.

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