ENGL 4098-001: Special Topics in the Novel, Post-1900, The Science Novel (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Elisabeth Sheffield “There is no science without fancy and no art without fact.” (Vladimir Nabokov) In this course, we will examine the emerging form of the science novel—that is, the serious literary novel that takes as its subject matter the complex relationships between scientific knowledge and the people who...

ENGL 4048: Modern British and Irish Novel, Public and Private Modernisms (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Prof. Janice Ho This course focuses on one of the most central literary movements of the twentieth century: the emergence of modernism in Britain and Ireland, especially of “high modernism” during the period of 1910 to 1930. Novels written in this historically short, but aesthetically rich, period laid the...

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ENGL 3068: Literature in English 1900-1945, Modernism (Fall 2019)

Surveys major literary trends from 1900-1945 in the Anglo-American tradition, including the characteristics of literary modernism. Covers both prose and poetry, as well as the relationship between literature and history to the close of World War II. Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors). Additional Information:...

ENGL 2058: 20th and 21st Century Literature (Fall 2019)

Surveys the major literary trends in prose and poetry from 1900 to the present in the Anglo-American tradition of modern, postmodern, and contemporary literature. Provides students with a grounding in the major authors and motifs of 20th- and 21st-century in literature in conjunction with political and cultural changes across the...

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ENGL 2058-001: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature (Maymester, Summer 2019)

“For an hour the procession of grotesques passed before the eyes of the old man, and then, although it was a painful thing to do, he crept out of bed and began to write. Some one of the grotesques had made a deep impression on his mind and he wanted...

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ENGL 4018-001: Global, Transnational & Postcolonial Approaches to Post-1900 Literature, Post/Colonial Fictions of Development (Spring 2019)

How did the world become divided into “developed” and “developing” nation-states? Why are the costs and benefits of development so unevenly distributed across the world (and also internally, within a nation)? What are the indices by which we define development? Is development always a desirable goal? And how do projects...

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ENGL 3078-001: Literature in English 1945-Present (Spring 2019)

Explores major literary and theoretical trends in the Anglo-American tradition after 1945.

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ENGL 4018-001: Global, Transnational & Postcolonial Approaches to Post-1900 Literature, The Novel in Global Capitalist Modernity

Like a pebble dropped in a pond, globalization is a force that has over the course of history rippled across the world, incorporating its furthest reaches into the political, social, economic, and cultural logic of capitalist modernity. It is at once an agent of connectivity and communication on an unprecedented...

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ENGL 3008-001: Developments in the Novel Post-1900

This course will aim to survey the central formal modes and literary movements of the novel in the twentieth-and twenty-first centuries. In doing so, it aims to introduce students to the major stylistic incarnations of the novel form, especially modernism, naturalism, postmodernism, social realism, postcolonial fiction, and science fiction. The...

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ENGL 2058-001: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literature

In this course, we will explore the remarkable literary innovations that developed during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. We will focus in particular on modernism, postmodernism, and the contemporary, with close attention to the work of major writers, including T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, William Carlos Williams, Samuel...