Interwar Breakpoint: 1929 in World Literature
The year 1929 was a turning point in the world of literature. It was the year in which the impact of the First World War fully made itself felt in literature, in which high modernism fully emerged as a form that could measure the full depth of the human character, and in which the Great Depression began and the first shadows of the Second World War began to appear. In this course devoted exclusively to 1929, we will read works from Argentina to Japan, from the detective story to the historical novel, from courtly mansions to the factory floor—works that above all ask what it is to be modern and alive. Readings may include Roberto Arlt, The Seven Madmen; Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September; William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury; Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest; Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front; Nella Larsen, Passing; and Junichiro Tanizaki, Some Prefer Nettles.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the importance of 1929 to interwar literature
- Familiarity with great writing from 1929
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
- Professional who use critical thinking