Module Details

LT935-7-SP-CO: United States Modernism And After

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Prof Richard Gray
Teaching Staff: Professor Richard Gray and Jordan Savage
Contact details: Jane Thorp ( or ext 2624)

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

A study of (i) some major twentieth century writers, their relation to the emergence of the modern and modernism (ii) some more recent writers with particular reference to how they struggled to cope with the aftermath of modernism and the emergence of postmodernism.

Module Supervisor's Research into Subject Area

Professor Richard Gray has published more than a dozen books in the field, including 'A History of American Literature' (first and second editions) and 'A Brief History of American Literature'.

Learning and Teaching Methods

one two-hour seminar per week for ten weeks


100 per cent Coursework Mark


one 5,000 word essay


  • Reading:
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby (any complete edition)
  • Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises (also known as Fiesta) (any complete edition)
  • Willa Cather My Antonia (any complete edition)
  • John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath (any complete edition)
  • William Carlos Williams Collected Poems (Faber)*
  • Wallace Stevens Collected Poems (Faber)*
  • Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God (any complete edition)
  • Richard Wright Native Son (any complete edition)
  • Toni Morrison Beloved (any complete edition)
  • Ed Dorn Gunslinger Book One (any complete edition)
  • Critical and Background Reading
  • Richard Gray A History of American Literature: Second Edition (Wiley-Blackwell)
  • *You may, if you wish, obtain your own copies of these texts; however reading material will be provided.

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