603-103-MQ, Absolutely Jazzy
This course will introduce students to themes of the Jazz Age, a prolific period in American literature between the Wars that witnessed changes not only in behaviour, ideas, and music, but also in traditions and values. We will specifically concentrate on the literature of the 1920s, a time of disillusionment, changing sexual mores, and "excess" in every sense of the word. In this course, we will read and study important and influential works that emerged during this period. Our readings will include essential writings that define "The Lost Generation," works by writers and poets such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Edna St-Vincent Millay, and Ernest Hemingway. The themes of substance abuse, consumerism, and promiscuity used as means of escape, and the transformed image of women and its impact on male-female relations will be analyzed and discussed.