English 45C

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2007 Altieri, Charles F.
Altieri, Charles
MW 1-2, plus one hour of discussion section per week (all sections F 1-2) 160 Kroeber

Other Readings and Media

Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry; Wilde, O.: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings; James, H.: The Portrait of a Lady; Joyce, J.: Dubliners; Woolf, V.: To the Lighthouse; Faulkner, W.: The Sound and the Fury; Achebe, C.: Things Fall Apart; Welty, E.: Golden Apples


This course will provide a survey of major works and stylistic experiments that have come to characterize modernism in Anglo-American literature. We will try to understand the pressures to which the writers were responding and we will explore how their experiments can be said to make a difference in cultural life. Lectures will be devoted primarily to close reading, although there will be considerable concern for trends within the intellectual ferment of the period. There will be a mid-term and final as well as three five-page papers. The pace of this class will be intense and the discourse somewhat demanding.

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