Modern Literature Homepage
Modern Literature Homepage
Starting with an examination of what modernism is, we’ll look at early modern fiction and Imagism, Early Modernism, and Late Modernism in poetry to get a real picture of what I’m calling the “modernist project” in literature and art. After that point, our focus will be more thematic than chronological. We’ll be taking a look at some of the major motifs that occupy modern literature, specifically alienation, dystopia, class warfare, individualism vs. collectivism, and colonialism — not necessarily in that order!
Independent Reading and Memorization
Enjoy both!! Independent reading can be found here, and memorization can be found in the list below. NOTE: Most of our memorization will come from the Poetry Out Loud site. Here are the basic requirements below. Most of the time, I’ll have you make choices, but sometimes everyone will be required to do the same poem.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Because of the length of The Fountainhead, independent reading for quarter 3 has been replaced by this novel.
- Poem #1: Please choose a poem of FEWER THAN 25 lines from the Poetry Out Loud site.
- Poem #2: Everyone will memorize the following work, e.e. cummings’ “anyone lived in a pretty how town.”
- Poem #3: Choose a poem of MORE THANTHAN 25 lines from the Poetry Out Loud site.
- Poem #4: Everyone will memorize at least 25 consecutive lines from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” OR T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men.”
- Poem #5: Please choose a poem from the 20th century (or newer) from the Poetry Out Loud site.
- Poem #6: Please choose a poem from BEFORE the 20th century from the Poetry Out Loud site.
- Poem #7: Everyone will memorize W. B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming“ as a cheery, happy way to end the year!
Any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- OPTIONAL: An enormous YouTube collection of poetry read aloud!
- OPTIONAL: Check out this extremely helpful timeline of modern literature!
- OPTIONAL: Yale University’s open course on the American novel since 1945 might be helpful! Note: Content is suitable for a college audience.
- OPTIONAL: Yale University’s open course on modern poetry might also be helpful. Note: Content is suitable for a college audience.
- OPTIONAL: Want to see a classic of silent films for free? Fritz Lang’s Metropolis here!
- OPTIONAL: Want to see another classic of silent films, especially if you’re really into vampires? F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu is for you — back in the day when vampires did NOT sparkle and look like ex-members of the Backstreet Boys.
- Goodbye, Mr. Germ! (1940)
- Dating Do’s and Don’ts (1949)
- Lunchroom Manners (1959) — Featuring Mr. Bungle!
- How about an advertisement for the 1958 Edsel?
- And of course, the Billy Joel crash course in U.S. history from 1949-1989: “We Didn’t Start the Fire“
Hey, want to see some cheesy — and yet fascinating — educational films from the era? I looked for Lead Paint: Delicious, but Deadly, but couldn’t find it. Instead…