English 45C

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2021 Falci, Eric
Lectures MW 11-12 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 11-12; sec. 103: F 12-1; sec. 104: F 1-2; sec. 105: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 106: Thurs. 2-3)
Book List

Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart; Eliot, T.S.: The Waste Land; Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury; Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God; Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs Dalloway


This course will survey Anglophone literature from the mid-nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth. We will evoke some of the key aesthetic, cultural, and socio-political trends that characterized the movements of modernity as we closely investigate a selection of the major texts from this period. At times the lectures will zoom in on particular features of texts, and at other times they will zoom out to consider cultural conditions, political contexts, philosophical matters, and aesthetic tendencies. We'll also consider modern literature in relation to modern music and visual art as well as developments in photography and film. In addition to the books listed above, there will be a small reader with texts by Whitman, Dickinson, Hardy, Hopkins, Du Bois, Yeats, Joyce, Stein, Eliot, McKay, Toomer, Stevens, Williams,Moore, Hughes, Auden, Bennett, Walcott, Beckett, and a few others. All texts will be available online. There will be two essays and a final exam.

Lectures will meet at the scheduled time and also be recorded and available for students to view on their own time. Attendance at scheduled discussion sections is expected, but students are welcome to contact the instructor to discuss any particular needs.

Discussion Sections

101 No instructor assigned yet.
102 Choi, Lindsay
F 11-12 305 Wheeler
103 Nyiri, Jesse
F 12-1
104 Nyiri, Jesse
F 1-2
105 Nieto, Rebecca Maria
Thurs. 1-2
106 Nieto, Rebecca Maria
Thurs. 2-3

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