HIS 355M • The United States, 1920-1941
This course will concentrate on American culture and social life between the wars. We will emphasize the following issues: the nature of prosperity in the 1920's; the problems of the middle class; the phenomenon of expatriation among artists and intellectuals; the onset of the depression and the response of the New Deal; radical movements and ideologies in the 1930's; the impact of the economic collapse on various social groups; the differences between the fiction of the 1920's and the 1930's; the coming of World War II.
Assignments (subject to change): Mid-term exam (50%), Final Exam (50%).
Sinclair Lewis, BABBITT F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY Ernest Hemingway, THE SUN ALSO RISES Mary McCarthy, THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS John Steinbeck, THE GRAPES OF WRATH Malcolm Cowley, EXILE'S RETURN Richard Wright, NATIVE SON