This course will explore innovations in the twentieth-century British novel with an emphasis on formal experimentation in both the modernist and post-modern periods. Innovations in the narrative form both reflect and are necessitated by vast revolutionary changes in national politics, cultural identity, social and sexual relations, and intellectual discoveries. We will trace the connections between literary innovations and cultural revolutions in novels by Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, Julian Barnes, and Salman Rushdie among others. Course requirements include two papers, a midterm, and a final examination.
Note: taking this course, along with either 45 or 55, will complete the usual English 203 requirement alternatively.