English 45C

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2019 Flynn, Catherine
Lectures MW 2-3 in 159 Mulford + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 12-1; sec. 103: F 12-1; sec. 104: F 2-3; sec. 105: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 106: Thurs. 10-11) 159 Mulford

Book List

Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart ; Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury ; James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw ; Joyce, James: Dubliners; Morrison, Toni: Jazz; Ramazani, Jahan: The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 1; Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray ; Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse

Other Readings and Media

Other readings will be posted on the bCourses site, under “Resources."


This course examines radical changes and unexpected continuities in literature in English from 1850 to (almost) the present.  We will read poetry and fiction from Britain, Ireland, North America and Africa in order to explore a range of literary responses to different aspects of modernity, such as urbanization, colonialism and popular culture.

This course will also form an introduction to the concepts and critical tools used to analyze literature. We will approach the texts in a variety of ways: we will consider them as belonging to different modes (realism, naturalism, modernism, postmodernism); we will think about them as producing new kinds of narrative and poetic form; and we will read them closely.

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