English 45C

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2020 Lavery, Grace
Lectures MW 10-11 in 159 Mulford + one hour of discussion section per week in different locations (sec. 103: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 104: Thurs. 2-3; sec. 105: F 10-11; sec. 106: F 11-12)

Book List

Brooks, Gwendolyn: Annie Allen; Eliot, George: Middlemarch; Gaiman, Neil: The Sandman: A Game of You; Loy, Mina: Lunar Baedeker; Miller, Frank: The Dark Knight Returns; Moore, Alan: Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?; Moore, Marianne: The Pangolin and Other Poems; Morrison, Grant: New X-Men: Riot at Xaviers; Stein, Gertrude: Tender Buttons


This class aims to introduce students to a wide range of literary writing composed in English since 1850, providing introductory-level access to the historical and formal problems that literature has raised. Rather than aim for anything like coverage, however, this survey will focus on one realist novel, and then multiple works in a further two genres, modernist poetry by women, and superhero comics. This will hopefully allow us to experience a wide range of types of literature in English, without requiring each individual text to stand in for an entire genre. It will also help us to understand the value of literary analysis of texts across time, medium, register, and readership.

Discussion Sections

103 Struhl, Abigail
Thurs. 1-2 301 Wheeler
104 Struhl, Abigail
Thurs. 2-3 301 Wheeler
105 Reid, Angus
F 10-11 305 Wheeler
106 Reid, Angus
F 11-12 305 Wheeler

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