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ENGS 252 – The Rise ofthe Modernist Novel

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Recent topics: "The Beat Generation;" "Literature and Society in Modern Ireland;" "Dostoevsky's Influence on 20th Century American Literature." Prerequisites: ENGS 100; and one of the following pairs of courses: ENGS 021 and ENGS 022, ENGS 023 and ENGS 024, or ENGS 027 and ENGS 028; Instructor permission for graduate students.

Section Description: Through close readings of seven novels—Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady, Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent, Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier, James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man—we will explore the development of the novel in English in the first half of the twentieth century. Although we will ground our readings of the texts in intentional interpretations, we will also seek to test, enrich, extend, and challenge intentional readings with symptomatic readings drawing on approaches derived from, among others, historicism, cultural theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and post-colonial theory. In addition, we will seek to understand the salient characteristics of the High Modernist novel in contrast to the characteristic realist and naturalist novels of the nineteenth-century. And, in order to ensure a shared critical vocabulary for the analysis of these challenging works of fiction, we will discuss concomitant readings in H. Porter Abbott’s Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.

CRN: 15701

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 15/18

Days Time Location
W 16:05 - 19:05 OLD MILL ANNEX A304

Instructor(s): Daniel Fogel

Meeting Dates: 14 Jan 2019 - 03 May 2019