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20th Century British Novel

ENGL 065.001
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TR 1:30-3

This course is intended as a general introduction to the twentieth-century British novel. Readings will include works of the modernist period such as Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Evelyn Waugh's Scoop, and Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight, as well as postwar and contemporary novels such as Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim, Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child, Jeanette Winterson's, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Penelope Fitzgerald's The Book Shop, Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace, and Michael Ondatje's Anil's Ghost. We will consider these novels both in their specifically literary contexts and in their broader historical and political dimensions, with particular emphasis on issues of class and gender. Written work will consist of two 6-10 page essays, four short exams, and a number of brief, less formal assignments.