English 125D

: The 20th-Century Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2007 Jones, Donna V.
Jones, Donna
MWF 1-2 60 Evans

Other Readings and Media

Dreiser, T.: Sister Carrie ; Woolf, V.: The Waves ; Faulkner, W.: Absalom, Absalom! ; Mann, T.: Doctor Faustus ; Tutuola, A.: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts


This course is a general survey of the 20th-century novel. The novel is the quintessential form of expression of modernity and modern subjectivity. In this survey of key works of the century, we will explore the novel form as it is framed by these three thematics, history, modernism and empire. Some questions we will address: how have the vicissitudes of modernity led to a re-direction of historical narration within the novel?; how have modernist aesthetic experimentations re-shaped the very form of the novel?; and lastly, how has the phenomenon of imperialism, the asymmetrical relations of power between center and periphery, widened the scope and influence of fictive milieu?

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