English N125D

The 20th-Century Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2015 Jones, Donna V.
MTTh 2-4 56 Barrows

Book List

Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart; Ishiguro, Kazuo: Never Let Me Go; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway; Zola, Emile: La Bete 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?

This course will be taught in Session A, from May 26 to July 2.

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