This class is an introduction to American Literary Modernism. Shorter and longer fiction will be read in the context of the emergence of a massmedia system.

A hundred worlds, a thousand movements, a million dramas simultaneously enter the range of the eye with which cinema has endowed man. And, though arbitrary, this eye is more marvelous than the multifaceted eye of a fly. The brain is overwhelmed by it. An uproar of images. Tragic unity is displaced. ... Reality no longer makes any sense.
Blaise Cendras, The ABC of cinema