We will read, study, and discuss a selection of literature in English from 1900 to the present, a span of time that includes two world wars, the dissolution of the British empire, colonial and postcolonial enterprises, and a transition into the 21st century. Thus, our reading will be varied and will cover all the major genres, including poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction prose. The writers covered may include W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Katherine Mansfield, Samuel Beckett, W. H. Auden, Grace Nichols, Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Nadine Gordimer, Chinua Achebe, Margaret Atwood, Wole Soyinka, Harold Pinter, and Zadie Smith.
In addition, we will look at film adaptations of two works on the syllabus as a way to extend our analysis, for example, film adaptations of Mrs. Dalloway (Woolf), or Waiting for Godot (Beckett), or My Beautiful Laundrette (Kureishi).
Assignments: two oral reports on the reading assignments; reaction worksheets on the readings or viewings; three examinations–two mid-terms & a final examination.
Attendance is required.
Textbook: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume F: The Twentieth Century and After, Ninth Edition (2012).