Literature in English: Late-19th through the 20th Century
Bechdel, Alison: Fun Home; Coetzee, JM: Disgrace; Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury; Johnson, James Weldon: Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man; Mieville, China: The Last Days of New Paris; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway
Other Readings and Media
There will also be a required course reader containing writings by: Matthew Arnold, William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, TS Eliot, WH Auden, Samuel Beckett, Salman Rushdie, Caroline Bergvall, Susan-Lori Parks, Caryl Churchill and others.
This course will survey British, American, and global Anglophone literature from the end of the 19th century through the beginning of the 21st. Moving across a number of genres and movements, this course will examine the ways 20th- and 21st-century writers have used literary form to represent, question, and even produce different aspects of modernity. Particular attention will be paid to close reading and key concepts in literary study, as well as literature’s broader engagements with questions of race, gender and sexuality, colonialism, religion, mass media, economy, and ecology. Evaluation will be based on two papers, a midterm, and a final exam.
Readings will likely include: fiction by James Weldon Johnson, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Salman Rushdie, Alison Bechdel, JM Coetzee, and China Mieville; drama by Zora Neale Hurston, Samuel Beckett, Susan-Lori Parks, and Caryl Churchill; poetry by Matthew Arnold, William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, TS Eliot, and Caroline Bergvall among others.
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