English 246K

Literature in English 1900-1945: The Modernist Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2014 Flynn, Catherine
MW 12-1:30 305 Wheeler

Book List

Beckett, Samuel: The Unnameable; Conrad, Joseph: Lord Jim; Ford, Ford Madox : The Good Soldier; Forster, E.M.: Howards End; James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw; Joyce, James: Ulysses; Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea; Stein, Gertrude: Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway

Other Readings and Media

Secondary readings by Adorno, Jameson, Lucretius, Nietzsche, Moretti, Winfried Menninghaus, Serres, and Stanford Friedman.


In this seminar, we will read ten modernist novels. We will consider the strangeness of their modes of narrative and characterization as they respond to challenges such as the destabilizing of traditional social hierarchies and gender roles, the forces of empire and global capitalism, and the demands of the city as a site of consumer capitalism. As part of foregrounding the innovative nature of these texts, we will ask how each of them constructs—or refuses to construct—the boundaries of a person. What textual features establish or undo these boundaries? What makes these characters and, or, unmakes them? What forms of subjectivity result?
(The syllabus will include Wyndham Lewis' The Revenge for Love, which is out of print; secondhand copies can be ordered from bookstores and online.)

This course satisfies the Group 5 (20th-century) requirement.

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