Early modernist literature deals with a search for new values in a world that had been transformed by technological innovation, new psychological theory, and war (WWI).
In particular, WWI permanently altered the concepts of goodness, bravery, heroism, and, correspondingly, manhood/masculinity in the world.
In this reading series, we will discuss and analyze the representations of “the modern(ist) man” in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and explore the ways in which Fitzgerald and Hemingway re-evaluate and redefine—through their respective protagonists—what it means to be masculine in the modernist world.
This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.
Dr. Brenda R. Smith is a Kent State University Associate Professor Emerita, English. During her tenure at Kent State University at Stark, she taught American, African American, women’s, and modernist literatures. Dr. Smith earned both her B.A. in English and her Ph.D. in American and African American literatures from Case Western Reserve University. She earned her M.A. in American literature from Cleveland State University.