The instructor of this course is now Professor Richard Nettell. See his course description below.
This course will review and
(through critical examination) expand knowledge of basic literary critical concepts
through a detailed analysis of a broad range of 20th British prose,
poetry and drama, much of which has also been adapted for film or television.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the form, function, and development of
various so-called genres in Britain since 1900 and will be able to discuss how
specific works exemplify, resist, or cross-over many traditional categories.
Three texts are to be purchased
through Revolution Books. Additional texts will be available on-line or from CRDG
Marketing and Publication (Castle 101), while films will be found on youtube,
via other outlets, or on reserve in Sinclair Library.
Grades will be based on two
midterms (2×30%), a minimum of 8 text-analysis postings on Laulima (30%), and
full class attendance (10%). There will also be a final exam, which serves only
to improve the final grade.
Alan Bennett: Talking Heads
Anthony Burgess: Clockwork
Jim Cartwright: Road
Andrea Dunbar: Rita, Sue, and
Tony Harrison: V
Hanif Kureishi: Buddha of
Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette
Mike Leigh: Naked, Secrets and
Ken Loach: Kes, Sweet Sixteen
James Joyce: Dubliners
Harold Pinter: Betrayal
Tom Stoppard: Arcadia