E 362L • The British Novel in the Twentieth Century
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
We will begin our study of the British novel by exploring two writers whose experiments in form helped define Modernism: James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. Then we will read works by more formally traditional writers, D.H. Lawrence and E.M. Forster. Forster's examination of British colonialism will lead us to Jean Rhys' post-colonial rewriting of Jane Eyre and to Sam Selvon's vernacular post-colonialist novel set in London. We shall also read one other Jean Rhys novel, a naturalistic classic set in Paris. Throughout, our aim will be to understand the multiple discourses that make British fiction one of the richest bodies of literature in the twentieth century. We will also see two or three films of novels read in the course.
Mid-term Exam 20%
Essay assignment 35%
Final exam 30%
Punctual attendance to all class meetings (to be explained further in course policy handout).
James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Jean Rhys, After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie
E. M. Forster, A Passage to India
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners