British Literature from 1900 to present

Course Number: ENGL 104B
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 104B
Quarter: Spring 2011
Day(s): MW
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: SH 1430

This course will survey the aesthetic experiments of the twentieth century as they intersect with evolving notions of "British" identity, from Hardy, Kipling, and Conrad to Zadie Smith and Monty Python. This will involve many readings in figures who aren't British per se, but who reflect usefully on that category—as immigrants to Britain, émigrés from Britain, colonial subjects of Britain, or co-conspirators in the transnational phenomena of modernism and postmodernism. We will examine British identity and imperialism in relation to British-African and British-Irish conflicts; World War I poetry and the strange experiments of modernism; the onset and aftermath of World War II; shifting attitudes toward gender and sexuality in the contexts of these wars, and in the wake of the newly invented psychoanalysis; and postcolonial/postmodern efforts to redefine the boundaries of nation and language. Assignments will include hypertext annotations of primary texts; a more conventional essay; a final exam (mixed objective and essay); and regular online forum postings. We will use the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, volume 6. Feel free to contact me ( if you have questions.

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