E 397M • Landscape and Legacy: 20th Century Literature, Culture, Film
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course surveys 20th. C. canonical, critical, and popular British literature and film. A number of the works are concerned with post-imperial and post-colonial legacies, class, heritage and the heritage industry, English and British tradition and cultural inheritance, and the intricacies, complexities and contradictions of national and personal identity. We will be examining the works aesthetically and formally; we will additionally consider the works in light of their specific social, political, and historical contexts. Some of the assigned works are shaped by critical and theoretical turns; these include Modernism (Woolf, Keiller and, arguably, Naipaul), Documentary realism (Anstey & Elton, Apted, Clayton, Richardson and, again arguably, Naipaul), Poststructuralism and Cultural Studies (Williams, Keiller, Steedman, Jacobs, Samuel, Higson), and Postcolonial Studies (Jacobs, Naipaul, Selvon, Hollinghurst).
Proposed literature and criticism: Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts. D. H. Lawrence, Women in Love. George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier. Raymond Williams, The Country and the City. V. S. Naipaul, The Enigma of Arrival. Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners. Carolyn Steedman, Landscape for a Good Woman. Allan Hollinghurst, The Swimming-Pool Library. Monica Ali, Brick Lane. Howard J. Booth and Nigel Rigby, Eds. Modernism and Empire (selections). David Lowenthal, The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History (selections). Eric Howsbawm and Terence Ranger, The Invention of Tradition (selections). Raphael Samuel, Theatres of Memory (selections). Proposed films: Edgar Anstey & Arthur Elton, Housing Problems (1935). J. Clayton, A Room at the Top (1958). Anthony Richardson, A Taste of Honey (1961). Terence Davies, Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988). Michael Apted, 28-Up (1991), 35-Up (1997). Patrick Keiller, London (1993) and Robinson in Space (1997).