English 45C

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2019 Gang, Joshua
Lectures MW 10-11 in 159 Mulford + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 9-10; sec. 103: F 10-11; sec. 104: F 10-11; sec. 105: Th 11-12; sec. 107: Th 1-2)

Book List

Bechdel, Alison: Fun Home; Coetzee, JM: Disgrace; Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury; Johnson, James Weldon: Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man; Luiselli, Valeria: The Story of My Teeth; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs Dalloway

Other Readings and Media

Required course reader available from MetroPublishing (2440 Bancroft Ave).


This course will survey British, American, and global Anglophone literature from the end of the 19th century through the beginning of the 21st. Moving across a number of genres and movements, this course will examine the ways 20th- and 21st-century writers have used literary form to represent, question, and even produce different aspects of modernity. Particular attention will be paid to close reading and key concepts in literary study, as well as literature’s broader engagements with questions of race, gender and sexuality, colonialism, mass media, and economy.  Evaluation will be based on three papers and a final examination.

Readings will likely include: fiction by James Weldon Johnson, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Salman Rushdie, Alison Bechdel, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, JM Coetzee, and Valeria Luiselli; drama by Samuel Beckett, Susan-Lori Parks, and Caryl Churchill; poetry by Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, Matthew Arnold, William Butler Yeats, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, TS Eliot, and WH Auden, among others.

Discussion Sections

101 Dunsker, Leo
F 9-10 300 Wheeler
102 Elias, Gabrielle
F 9-10 301 Wheeler
103 Dunsker, Leo
F 10-11 300 Wheeler
104 Elias, Gabrielle
F 10-11 301 Wheeler
105 Furcall, Dylan
Thurs. 11-12 301 Wheeler
107 Furcall, Dylan
Thurs. 1-2 301 Wheeler

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