English 45C

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2020 Gang, Joshua
Lectures MW 11-12 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 11-12; sec. 102: F 11-12; sec. 103: F 12-1; sec. 104: F 12-1; sec. 105: Thurs. 2-3; sec. 106: Thurs. 4-5)

Book List

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

Additional required course readings will be made available on bCourses.


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, JM Coetzee, and Valeria Luiselli; drama by Samuel Beckett, Susan-Lori Parks, Harold Pinter, and Caryl Churchill; poetry by Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, Matthew Arnold, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, William Butler Yeats, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, TS Eliot, WH Auden, Thom Gunn among others.

Discussion Sections

101 Gamedze, Londiwe
F 11-12 305 Wheeler
102 Nieto, Rebecca Maria
F 11-12 45 Evans
103 Gamedze, Londiwe
F 12-1 305 Wheeler
104 Nieto, Rebecca Maria
F 12-1 35 Evans
105 Kao, Libby
Thurs. 2-3 31 Evans
106 Kao, Libby
Thurs. 4-5 233 Dwinelle

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