English 126

British Literature, 1900-1945

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2021 Gang, Joshua
Lectures TTh 2-3:30 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 1-2; sec. 102: F 2-3)

Book List

Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness; Joyce, James: Ulysses; Spark, Muriel: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; West, Rebecca: Return of the Soldier; Woolf, Virginia: The Waves

Other Readings and Media

Additional readings will be provided as PDFs through bCourses. 


How did British and Irish literature change over the first half of the twentieth century? Was “modernism” a historical moment, an aesthetic movement, or a critical attitude—or some combination of the three? How did writers contend with upheavals such as Irish nationalism, World Wars I and II, suffrage, Windrush, fascism, and the fluctuations of empire? And how did conventional literary forms respond to the advents of film, radio, and television? These are some of the questions this course will try to answer. Evaluation will be based on a combination of papers, exams, and course participation.

Readings will likely include those by Rupert Brooke, Joseph Conrad, TS Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound, Mina Loy, Filippo Marinetti, Wilfred Owen, Sigfried Sassoon, Sam Selvon, Muriel Spark, John Millington Synge, Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats.

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