This is not intended to be a survey of twentieth century English literature. The purpose of this course is to look in some detail at two major literary movements that came to dominate twentieth century English literature – modernism and postmodernism. For both movements the course will focus on fiction. A selection of representative texts will be examined in some detail and from a number of theoretical perspectives.
English 469V: Major English Writers: Virginia Woolf
This upper-division seminar introduces students to the work of Virginia Woolf, one of the leading modernist writers of her generation. The seminar will concentrate on her development as a novelist and feminist, while using her letters, diaries and essays to provide background information on her life and views. In focusing on the work of this major author, the seminar will introduce students to the wealth of scholarship surrounding Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.
ENGLISH 659: Seminar In Twentieth Century English Literature
This seminar focuses on British novels and novellas since the end of World War Two. It concentrates on novels favoring a non-realist approach. The course will privilege postmodern theory and metafiction as the principal (but not exclusive) prism through which these texts will be analyzed.