LS 810: Writing and Performing the Modernist Self

Spring 2015  | Dr. Sasha Colby

Drawing on the accounts of modernist Paris between the wars, this course will consider forms of memoir, autobiography, and self-construction that arose as a result of a particular time in world and literary history. In addition to reading and writing critically, students will learn how to adapt modernist materials into drama and write and perform their own scenes.


Peter Nicholls, Modernisms: A Literary Guide, University of California Press, 2nd edition, 2009.

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast, Scribner, 1996 

Morley Callaghan, That Summer in Paris, Exile Editions 2007 

Andre Breton, Nadja. Grove Press, 1994 

Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Important Books, 2013. 

Ezra Pound, New Selected Poems and Translations. New Directions, 2010. 

Tom Dulack, Incommunicado, Dramatists Play Service 1990 

James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dover Thrift Editions, 1994.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Tender is the Night. Penguin, 2002