ENGL346 - Twentieth Century Fiction: Global Literatures of Displacement and Empire

This course concerns two themes of central importance to both global literature and historical experience in the twentieth century: displacement and empire. Though both concerns vastly pre-date the twentieth century, they become subjects of especially urgent, plural, and intersecting engagement within it. This course explores the proliferation, diverse applications, and intimate cross-implications of these two key conceptual foci in major texts of twentieth century global literature. We pursue such inquiries especially as they look forward to pressing concerns of the twenty-first century: i.e., questions of human rights, intercultural understanding, national and international social justice, the political significance of culture, and difficulties of effecting progressive social transition. To these ends we consider, and cross-culturally compare, works written in and about England, France, Belgium, Mexico, Congo, Kenya, Germany, India, South Africa, and the United States. Authors include Conrad, Cather, Porter, Ngugi, Vonnegut, Roy, Coetzee, Allende. Two papers and a final.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.