ENGL425 - Modern British Literature

Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.

Major Modernist writers in English prose and poetry since 1900. Such writers as Eliot, Larkin, Forster, Burgess, Durrell, Henry Green, Golding, Auden, Malcolm Lowry, Joyce, and Yeats.

This course will explore literature written about and from within the various artistic, political, and sexual revolutions of the twentieth century. The authors we study will include most of the following: W. B. Yeats, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Chinua Achebe, Angela Carter, Nadine Gordimer, Tom Stoppard, Salman Rushdie, and Jeanette Winterson. Themes that we will pursue over the semester include the changing forms of experimental writing, resistence to British imperialism, relations between women and men, the nature of the self, the figure of the artist, and writing about the body and sexuality. Most of the semester will be devoted to major achievements and innovations in fiction; poetry and drama will also be discussed. A representative selection of the most compelling British, Irish, Commonwealth, and Postcolonial writers will be presented.