ENGL630 - Readings in 20th Century English Literature

 In this course we will explore in depth the most significant and influential works of British, Irish, and Postcolonial literature of the twentieth century. These will include several novellas by Conrad, stories by Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence, an episode or two of Ulysses, a cluster of texts by Beckett, and Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. We will also spend time on the poetry of Yeats, Eliot, Auden, and others and on the plays of Wilde, Pinter, and Stoppard. The final weeks will be devoted to contemporary writers like Angela Carter, Ian McEwan, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, Jeanette Winterson, Monica Ali, and J. M. Coetzee. We will chart the general trajectories and intriguing deviations of literary history, paying particular attention to the origins and development of modernism and the rise of postmodernism. Throughout the semester, we will follow the development and transformation of innovative formal techniques, debates over gender and empire, representations of the body, and the self-reflexive construction of an insistently intertextual literary history.  Assignments: 2 papers, 5 pp and 12 pp; one ten minute presentation.