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: Fall 2011
Day(s): MW
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: BLDG 387 RM 101

This course will survey the aesthetic experiments of the twentieth century as they intersect with shifting notions of "British" identity, from Yeats, Conrad, and Woolf to Cunard, Dabydeen, and Monty Python. Our study will involve readings in figures who aren't British per se, but who reflect usefully on that category: as immigrants and émigrés, as colonial subjects, or as fellow travelers in the transnational movements of modernism and postmodernism. Issues examined will include: British imperial conflicts with Africa, Asia, and Ireland; World War I poetry and the experiments of modernism; the onset and aftermath of World War II; changing attitudes toward gender and sexuality in the contexts of these wars (and of the newly invented psychoanalysis); and postcolonial efforts to redefine the boundaries of nation and language. Coursework will include short response papers, two longer essays, regular reading quizzes, and a final exam.