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The British Modernist Novel, 1900-1945
ENGL 328
Spring 2007 not offered

This course will introduce you to British novels from the modernist period of 1900-1945, a time of massive formal innovation. We will explore the formal, thematic, and philosophical features of British Modernist fiction through close readings of novels and through occasional readings in essays of the period and more recent criticism. This course will provide a broad, if necessarily selective, picture of modernist fiction in all its considerable variety. In addition to spending weeks reading James Joyce's Ulysses, and other modernist classics, we will read some arguably minor novels as well. We will spend considerable time on what is called "late modernism," that is, the period from the early thirties to modernism's official end in 1945. Much of our attention will be on modernism's recurrent concern with the meaning of modernity itself. Are modernism and modernity identical, antagonistic, or mutually dependent? How is modernism implicated in Britain's waning imperial fortunes? Is modernism avant-garde or canonical, elitist or engaged with popular culture?

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ENGL201
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)

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