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ENGL4670 PARKES, ADAM MWF 11:15 AM 0250


This course will study some of the major achievements of twentieth-century British and Irish novelists, with particular attention to the ways in which literary texts interact with their historical contexts.  We will read fiction by some or all of the following: E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Christopher Isherwood, Evelyn Waugh, V.S. Naipaul, Samuel Beckett, and Julian Barnes.  Topics to be considered will include the legacy of colonialism and imperialism, the expansion of democracy and feminism, the impact of new technologies, and the two world wars.  



Regular and punctual attendance.

Participation in discussion.

Informal assignments and quizzes.

Three short papers (3 pages each).

A final examination.


Primary texts will probably include some or all of the following:

Forster, Howards End; Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Bowen, The Last September; Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin; Waugh, The Loved One; Beckett, Molloy; Naipaul, Miguel Street; Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot.