E f362L • The Brisith Novel in the Twentieth Century
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Come to class prepared, which means keep up with the reading assignments; demonstrate that you have completed the required reading and have thought about it--analyzed it rigorously, critically, creatively. Active and significant participation comprises a substantial portion of your final grade (25 %). Therefore silence will not serve you well in this class. Since I cannot tell you what these texts mean, your success depends--to a great extent--on your willingness to engage with the texts and with your fellow classmates. No one has the final, correct, absolute interpretation of these books. I invite you to take risks, to challenge yourself, and to share your understanding of each novel or film. I also reserve the right to give spontaneous, in-class quizzes if silence appears to be a lack of preparedness.
In-class and take-home mid term exam 30%
Reading quizzes 15%
Comprehensive final examination 30%
Active, substantial and significant participation 25%
Attendance Policy: Three absences will drop you a full letter grade (an A will become a B, etc.); four or more absences will guarantee your failure of this class.
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
E. M. Forster, A Passage to India
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners
Required Essays: by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf in a xerox reader available at Jenn's Copy and Binding, 2200 Guadalupe, Lower Level (473-8669). There will also be occasional required hand-outs.