This unit contains over 40 forty texts that discuss modernism's themes and styles around the great American novel.
There are over 500 pages of thinking activities that explore the rejection of tradition, sense of disillusionment and loss of faith in the American dream, interest in the inner workings of the human mind expressed through new narrative techniques, reversal of gender and its complication, challenging of the racial binary, awareness of the Nada/Unreality of Reality and the Institutionalism that dominates all modes of life including class and sexual orientation.
It explores these themes through a rejection of Realism, follows
Picasso’s view “must distort to be real” with various forms of fragmentation like broken time order, bifocal narrator, stream of consciousness and the iceberg effect.
It includes the best teaching guide to The Great Gatsby every constructed and it was my joy to work on this for a decade.