20C Novel in English

This course covers novels written in (or translated into)
English in the twentieth century. We explore the development of the novel as a
literary form over the century as we consider the connection between time,
place and literary expression. Although students will complete the course with
a sense of the range of novels and novelists in the twentieth century, we will
focus our attention on novels written by Indigenous writers. The course is
arranged in four modules: ‘the beginning of the twentieth century’ features two
texts written in 1899 that give us a starting point for thinking about the
novel as a form as well as introduce key themes we will trace through the
course; ‘firsts’ focuses on three novels which were ‘first novels’ in their respective
communities; and in ‘engaging with history,’ we examine how four novels engage
with history through narrative and themes but also through literary form; and
finally we will look at two twenty-first century novels we might call ‘genre
fiction’ (students will read one of these two novels).

Assessment will include a quiz, two group presentations,
short writing exercises, two short papers and a take-home exam.

The beginning of the 20th century

Joseph Conrad Heart of
Darkness

Simon Pokagon Ogimawkwe
Mitigwaki: Queen of the Woods

Firsts

N Scott Momaday House
Made of Dawn

Albert Wendt Sons for
the Return Home

Chantal Spitz Island
of Shattered Dreams

Engaging with history

Louise Erdrich Love
Medicine

Patricia Grace Baby
No-Eyes

Leslie Marmon Silko The
Gardens in the Dunes

Kim Scott Benang

Twenty-first century

Lani Wendt Young Telesā OR Daniel Heath Justice Kynship