English 45C

Literature in English: Mid-19 th Through the 20 th Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2008 Lye, Colleen
Lye, Colleen
MW 11-12, F 11-12 160 Kroeber
Other Readings and Media

Conrad, J.: Lord Jim; Faulkner, W.: Absalom, Absalom!; Kingston, M. H.: The Woman Warrior; Naipaul, V.S.: The Mimic Men; Morrison, T.: Beloved; Woolf, V.: Mrs. Dalloway; there will also be a course reader containing selected works by W.E.B. Dubois, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and others.


This course is an introduction to literature written in English mainly between the late 19 th century and the late 20 th century. There will be two kinds of emphases running through the course´┐Żone paid to the formal innovations credited to the significant authors of this period, the other paid to the socio-political conditions surrounding their aesthetic achievements. In particular, we will consider the development of English literature in the context of competing British and American empires and the globalization of English.

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