358:358 Early Twentieth Century Fiction

01  TTH4   CAC  18084   GOLDSTONE  MU-115

This course is a study of novels and stories in English from 1890 to 1950, a period marked by rapid social change and an unprecedented expansion and diversification in literary culture. The course emphasizes the social significance of literary style, the changing uses of genres like the coming-of-age novel, the transformation of English into a global literary language, and the struggle to define literary modernity. We will read fictions from the U.S., England, Ireland, and India; avant-garde writing aimed at a self-consciously élite audience and genre fiction shooting for bestseller status; novels that document social and political conflict and novels that reject documentation altogether; texts with a global horizon and texts with a scrupulously local purview. Readings may include works by Henry James, James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Sayers, Mulk Raj Anand, R. K. Narayan, and Djuna Barnes. Each class period is mixed lecture and discussion. Requirements: regular informal writing, two papers, final exam.