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: Summer B 2014
Instructor: Duffy, Enda
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:35 AM
Location: GIRV 1112

This course is a survey of British, Irish and some world literature (excluding American literature) from 1900 to the present day. We will cover the major literary movements, including modernism, World War I poetry, late modernism in the inter-War years, writing from the fifties and sixties, and postmodernism. We will look at the writing of the Irish Renaissance, recent poetry, and some literature from the post-colonial world. We will treat the major writers of the last century: T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, W.H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, J.M. Coetzee and many others. We will pay close attention to the historical and literary changes that influenced these writers, from the two world wars to the emergence of women in the public sphere to the rise of consumer society.