English 551.41 Modern American Literature and the Family
Dr. Phyllis Betz
Which version of the 20th century American family resonates most strongly: the Cleavers, the Bundys, the Pritchett/Dunphy/Tuckers? The concept of family throughout the 20th and 21st centuries has become increasingly fluid. Social and cultural changes during these years have disrupted conventional beliefs about the definition and function of the family. During the semester the class will read several literary texts—novels and plays—that explore the various public and private environments within which families play out their connections and separations. Texts include Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, Yates, Revolution Road, O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey into Night, among others. The final grade will be based on a combination of oral presentations, formal literary analyses, and participation.
English 662.41 Philadelphia and Regional Studies
Dr. Judith Musser
This course examines selected writers from the greater Philadelphia area in terms of various frameworks and contexts including the cultural and historical development of the Philadelphia region, the patterns of immigration and migration that have produced the area’s ethnical and racial diversity, and the insights into that literature suggested by contemporary critical theories.
Stephen Smith, Ph.D.
M.A. in English Programs
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
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