This course led students to examine the global dimensions of literature and culture in the first half of the twentieth century through studies of British, American, and Anglophone writers. Through explorations of novels, poetry, prose, and short stories (but with a predominant focus on novels), students learned to articulate connections between complex topics like technology, transportation, media, education, etc. The course included multiple digital assignments that helped students analyze novels and make larger arguments about them. One digital assignment, Project 1, helped students develop a spatial awareness of different novels as they analyzed segments of either Nella Larsen’s Passing or Jean Rhys’s Good Morning Midnight through mapping programs. Another assignment, Project 3, asked students to record an educational podcast or video for James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and/or Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable. The course also required students to participate regularly in blogging assignments. The various assignments provide a number of resources to instructors considering different ways to incorporate technology into pedagogy of novels. All assignment details, as well as the full course syllabus, are available at http://globaldigitalmodernisms.weebly.com/.
Course website: Amanda Golden, New York Institute of Technology
Description: Kathryn Huie Harrison, Georgia Institute of Technology