English | Twentieth-Century British Fiction
L346 | 27502 | Ranu Samantrai


L346 27502 Twentieth-Century British Fiction
Ranu Samantrai

11:15a-12:30p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

In this course we will read some of the major writers who have
shaped English fiction since the mid-twentieth century.  Arranged
chronologically, our texts will be chosen to follow the significant
aesthetic and philosophical developments of the period.  Brief, in-
class lectures will provide the historical context for mapping this
intellectual trajectory.  Beginning with a couple of early century
texts to situate ourselves in the legacies of realism and modernism
(most likely by Conrad and Woolf), we will go on to read the key
texts of new realism, postmodernism, postcolonial fiction, and the
new, ironic realism called neo-historicism.  Because the aesthetics
of prose in this period owe considerably to dramatic works, we will
include some plays in our list of readings.  On occasion we will
turn also to film to consider the impact of this visual and aural
medium on narrative conventions.  Throughout the semester we will
discuss the intricate relationship between form and content, where
authors struggle to say the unsayable, to make room for untold
stories, and to create narratives that reflect and participate in
the world-altering events of their remarkable times.  Authors likely
will include Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, John Osborne, Sam
Selvon, Harold Pinter, Angela Carter, Tom Stoppard, Kazuo Ishiguro,
Pat Barker, Salman Rushdie, and Julian Barnes.