20th Century Literary Movements and Theories

Course Description

This is an overarching course with a special focus on 20th century history, movements, literature and literary theories. The course will allow students to think broadly, allowing a correlation of literature to history then journeying on to philosophy and the eventual weaving of literary theories. Students are encouraged to read a few texts that were written during the modern era. Recommended texts comprise of works by Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eugene O’Neill, Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf, Harold Pinter and Edward Albee, only to name a few. This course covers the trends of history, literature, psychological, philosophy, art and politics. It would be a great opportunity for those who want to learn more about the previous century in a small time frame. We will be covering a plethora of texts, all in an enjoyable and innovative manner. During this course, students will learn to: 1)Critically analyze and perceive literary and philosophical texts in regard to the social and political time period they had been written in. 2)Study the relationship between historical events such as wars, technological advancements and economic recessions, with that of the individual’s being and existence during the 20th century. 3)Understand how to connect literature, literary theories and philosophical movements through class discussions and creativity board activities. 4)Develop a comprehensive understanding of 20th century literary theories and movements through the exploration of literature and philosophy. This course will allow students to be able to choose their undergraduate and graduate programs in the future, with more clarity and know what to expect with each curriculum. Since this course covers a multitude of disciplines, by the end of the session students will have acquired the knowledge equivalent to that of the first 2 years of an undergrad degree in the class discussions and creativity board activities(one of the many innovative plans for this subject), within the span of a few weeks’ time.


No specific prior experience or knowledge is required, however students should have an understanding of historical movements and timelines that took place in the 20th century.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Alina Ali
Course Number: 10176