English 125D

The 20th-Century Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2013 Jones, Donna V.
TTh 9:30-11 88 Dwinelle

Book List

Achebe , Chinua: Things Fall Apart; Gibson , William : Neuromancer; Mann , Thomas: The Magic Mountain; Woolf , Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway; Zola, Emile: La Bête Humaine


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. These are some questions we will address: how have the vicissitudes of modernity led to a re-direction of historical narration within the novel; how has modernist aesthetic experimentation 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 of fictive milieu?

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