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ENGL4670 PARKES, ADAM TR 11:00 AM 0259


In this class we will study six major works of modern fiction: Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier, D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust, Samuel Beckett's Molloy, and V.S. Naipaul's Miguel Street.  Reading closely and slowly, we will consider in as much detail as possible the formal and stylistic work that went into making these novels.  We will also read the texts with attention to historical context and in tandem with some literary criticism.  As we go, we will think about some broader literary-historical questions, such as: What was modernism, and what happened once it was over?


Papers, discussion, quizzes, informal writing assignments.


One 2-page paper, one 3-page paper, a 5-page paper, and a final research paper (10 pages).  Each of you will read a second novel by the author on whom you write your final paper (to be selected individually in consultation with the instructor).


Samuel Beckett, Molloy (Grove, 1994.   ISBN: 0802151361)

Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier, ed. Max Saunders (Oxford UP, 2012. 0199585946)

D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love, ed. Farmer, Vasey and Worthen  (Penguin, 2007.  9780141441542)

V.S. Naipaul, Miguel Street (Vintage, 2002. 0375713875)

Evelyn Waugh, A Handful of Dust (Back Bay, 2012. 9780316216265)

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, ed. David Bradshaw (Oxford UP, 2007.  0192839705).

Plus a second novel by the author on whom you write your final paper (TBD).


Recommended text:

If you don't already own one, obtain a copy of either M.H. Abrams and Geoffrey Harpham, A Glossary of Literary Terms (Wadsworth, 2011)  or the Bedford Glossary.