English 45C

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

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2010 Abel, Elizabeth
Abel, Elizabeth
MW 1-2 + discussion sections F 1-2 3 LeConte

Other Readings and Media

Conrad, J.: Heart of Darkness; Faulkner, W.: The Sound and the Fury; Hurston, Z.: Their Eyes Were Watching God; James, H.: Turn of the Screw; Joyce, J.: Dubliners; Rhys, J.: Wide Sargasso Sea; Woolf, V.: To the Lighthouse; a course reader of selected poetry and essays


This course will focus on the formal consequences of the social and cultural revolutions of the early twentieth century. We will examine the changes in narrative strategy and voice and the transformations of poetic syntax and diction that have come to be known as "modernism" and will trace their reverberations through the later twentieth century. We will also analyze the pressures brought to bear on formal innovation by different national traditions and histories of colonialism, racism, and feminism.

NOTE: This class will meet for the first time on Monday, August 30; discussion sections will not be held on Friday the 27th. 

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