This course concentrates on major figures of twentieth century American literature and culture, such as W.E.B. DuBois, Gertrude Stein, Henry Adams, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Wright, Anzia Yezierska, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Willa Cather among others. Their work is discussed primarily as representative of the aesthetics informing the dual tradition of American literary modernism, either as conventional or avant-garde. Furthermore, it is analyzed as shaped by forces of modernization which involve the reconsideration of such major issues as race, ethnicity and gender politics. Students are expected to have acquired: Knowledge of political and cultural choices of the literary establishment of the USA between the two World Wars. Course textbook and outline/list of readings are available. Assessment: Final exam.