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MFA Course Descriptions

IMF 53709
Selected Emphases In Fiction II:
The Competing Styles of Hemingway & Faulkner

Instructor: Tony D'Souza

Class Type: Literature

Course Description: Arguably the two greatest influences on American storytelling over more than the past century are William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Among the very few Americans to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (Faulkner 1949, Hemingway 1954), the two were born two years apart and died one year apart. Contemporaries in every way, Faulkner and Hemingway could not have been more different in their writing styles. Faulkner’s long, rambling sentences, huge cast of characters, psychedelic dream sequences and stream of conscious narratives injected the art of American fiction with a much need shot of verve, imagination and energy. Hemingway’s exclusive use of the Anglo-Saxon half of the English language (the other half is derived from Latin) revealed the poetic sounds of short words working together (fire, flint, fish) and his use of nouns and rejection of adjectives and adverbs showed writers a new way to create imagistic settings, landscapes and characters. Faulkner set his stories exclusively in the South; Hemingway was happier writing about Americans in Europe. Both part of the legendary Lost Generation, the two completely modernized American letters. This literature course explores novels and stories by each through weekly discussions.

Textbooks:

In Our Time
Hemingway
9780684822761

The Sun Also Rises
Hemingway
9780743297332

Farewell To Arms
Hemingway
9781476764528

As I Lay Dying
Faulkner
9780679732259

The Sound And The Fury
Faulkner
9780679732242

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