English | Literatures in English 1900-Present
E304 | 4837 | Ranu Samantrai

Ranu Samantrai

2:30p-3:45p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

This course will trace the arc of the major aesthetic movements that
have shaped English prose in the twentieth century:  realism,
modernism, postmodernism, and the ironic, historical realism of the
late twentieth century.  Readings likely will include work by Joseph
Conrad, Chinua Achebe, Virginia Woolf, Tom Stoppard, J.M. Coetzee,
Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Carolyn Steedman.  Our texts,
all drawn from within the British Commonwealth, emphasize the
interconnectedness of literature and national ambitions.  They also
reflect the philosophical, epistemological, and political shifts
that have transformed our understanding of the human subject, the
progress of history, the pursuit of knowledge, and the quest for a
good society.  Reading the texts closely, we will attend to the
literary devices that authors employ to narrate, celebrate and chafe
against their historical moment, their cultural context and their
literary inheritance.  To assist us in developing an intellectual
map of the twentieth century we may draw in readings by Sigmund
Freud, Michel Foucault, Jean François Lyotard, and other prominent
figures.  Assignments likely will include two essays, frequent
informal writing, an in-class presentation, and a final examination.