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Modernism and its Enemies

Sep 2003

Prof. Damrosch has an infectious love for the material he teaches. It's hard not to like the material covered, both because it's genuinely interesting and because it's presented so well. Even if you've studied Modernism before, you're sure to read new works that help you to understand the movement better. This is a great class, and an excellent professor, if you want a deeper analysis of a literary movement. Note that you will acquire a terrific grasp of Modernism but not of any particular author, since so many works are covered.

Sep 2003

Class content wise, the material, perfectly coincided with the current popularity of woolf and tolkien, covers a much wider range than your average modernism run-throughs...he goes through the whole scope of the period rather than just focusing on the standardised greats, which makes the whole class much more interesting. but if you're looking for a sole fix on joyce or yeats or wilde or eliot and you don't want to sacrifice time for wodehouse or bennett or tolkien etc., then this class might not be for you. In terms of lecturing, Professor Damrosch is great. He's extremely personable and has a great sense of humour. Obviously loves the material, but without taking it so seriously as to sort of obstruct any more fun approaches to the works or even to his own lectures. He's extremely open to class discussion as well. Overall, a really fantastic class.