ENGL346 - Twentieth-Century Fiction
Syllabus:
Section(s):
0101 - TBA

This course focuses on intersections between twentieth-century fiction and modern urban spaces.  We will consider the relationship between "city fictions" and literary movements (modernism/postmodernism), taking into account arguments about the role that modern cities play in identity formation.  Our readings will cover a variety of cities, possibly including Dublin, Vienna, London, Rome, Cape Town, New Delhi, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  And as we move toward a consideration of recent discussions that cast "the city" as the answer to current social and environmental challenges, we will close the class with some twenty-first century selections.  Course readings will cover several subgenres—novels, novellas, short stories, one film-based text, and a graphic novel.  Possible authors include E.M. Forster (A Room with a View), James Joyce (Dubliners), Graham Greene (The Third Man), Philip Roth (Portnoy's Complaint), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale), and Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth); other likely authors, some represented by short selections, include Arthur Conan Doyle, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, John Cheever, Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, Lorrie Moore, Edward P. Jones, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Jhumpa Lahiri.  I expect you to attend class.  Grades will be based on a combination of papers, daily work, and exams—all of which will draw heavily on in-class lectures and discussions. 

Prerequisites: 

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