ENGL346 - Twentieth-Century Fiction
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0101 - Konstantinou, Lee

This course will study a range of Anglophone novelists who have won the Nobel Prize. We will investigate the dynamic relationship among canonicity, prizes, and the sociology of literature across the twentieth-century. How have our ideas of what constitutes a great writer and great literature changed? What, if anything, unites the authors the Nobel Committee for Literature has chosen? How is canonicity linked to cultural, economic, and political centers of power and prestige? Writers we will study might include Rudyard Kipling, Pearl S. Buck, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, V.S. Naipaul, J.M. Coetzee, Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, and Doris Lessing. Grades are based on regular participation, a formal oral presentation, two papers, and a written final.