Literature in English After 1900

This course will introduce
students to a wide range of novels and poetry written in English throughout the
course of the 20th and 21st centuries, but not confined
to England and America.  We will
place our texts in their historical, cultural, and political contexts, and
examine how literature represents marginalized figures and non-hegemonic perspectives,
paying special attention to issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and
species.  Students will leave the
course with a good sense of specific literary movements that took place after
1900 and various interpretative frameworks for the study of literature.


Required Texts:

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Jean Toomer, Cane

James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room

Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Margaret Atwood,
The Handmaid’s Tale

Jamaica Kincaid,

Paul Auster, Timbuktu

Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie, Americanah

Poetry and other
readings available on Laulima



Close readings

2 shorter papers
(5-6 pages)

Longer final
research paper (7-8 pages)

presentation in which you will lead class discussion for one class period

Attendance and