The British Modernist Novel, 1900-1945|
This course will introduce students 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 '30s 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?
This course entails extensive interpretation of literary texts.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Joseph Conrad, THE SECRET AGENT
Ford Maddox Ford, THE GOOD SOLDIER
James Joyce, ULYSSES
Virginia Woolf, MRS. DALLOWAY
Evelyn Waugh, VILE BODIES
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short essays (3-5 pages each), one longer essay (10-14 pages), and regular brief writing assignments.
|Instructor(s): Bachner,Sally Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 15||JR major: 15|| || |
|Seats Available: 8||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: X||FR: X|