English 45C

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2012 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
MW 1-2 + discussion sections F 1-2 3 LeConte

Book List

READER; Achebe, C.: Things Fall Apart; Conrad, J.: Heart of Darkness; Morrison, T.: Beloved; Silko, L.: Ceremony; Spiegelman, A.: Maus (2 volumes); Woolf, V.: Mrs. Dalloway


This survey course of literature in English from the mid-nineteenth century to the present will consider a variety of literary forms and movements in their historical and cultural contexts. We'll examine the literature of colonization and imperialism and the counter literature that it inspires. We'll study literary experimentation and recurrent transcultural themes: the relationship between past and present, surviving historical trauma, translating orality into print, and the influence of notions of race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and gender on subject formation. We'll read Irish and English texts, Native American and European American texts, African American and African English texts, yet challenge the simplistic binary dualisms these categories suggest. We'll also practice lots of close reading. There will be two 5-to-7-page essays, a midterm, and a final examination.

Please note that this class will first meet  on August 27; discussion sections will not start being held until Friday, August 31.

Discussion Sections

201 Cruz, Frank Eugene
136 Barrows F 1-2
202 Fleishman, Kathryn
175 Barrows F 1-2
203 Hsu, Sharon
174 Barrows F 1-2

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