Fulfills Distributional Course in Arts and Letters
The dramatic social and political events experienced in Britain during the last century- two world wars, the loss of empire, the enfranchisement of women, and the increasing diversification of its population will form the backdrop to this introductory survey of twentieth-century British literature. We will begin with some key texts from the modernist period, including works by James Royce, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Jean Rhys, and then move to more recent works by authors such as Salman Rusdie and Angela Carter. Written requirements will include several short response papers, one longer paper, and a final exam.