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ENGLISH 46N: American Moderns: Hemingway, Hurston, Faulkner, & Fitzgerald

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Course Description

While Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald were flirting with the expatriate avant-garde in Europe, Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner were performing anthropological field-work in the local cultures of the American South. We will read four short novels - Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - to address the tremendous diversity of concerns and styles of four writers who marked America's coming-of-age as a literary nation with their multifarious experiments in the regional and the global, the racial and the cosmopolitan, the macho and the feminist, the decadent and the impoverished.

General Education Requirements

Meet the Instructor

Gavin Jones

Gavin Jones

"I am a professor in the English Department, and I have taught at Stanford since 1999. I specialize in American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My most recent book is about the American writer John Steinbeck, and I am beginning a new project about Zora Neale Hurston. I enjoy co-teaching with instructors in the Creative Writing Program, and I will also be teaching a course on contemporary American short stories this year."

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