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ENGL 337 A: The Modern Novel

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MW 4:30pm - 6:20pm
DEN 305
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Laura Chrisman

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The modern novel in English was a global phenomenon. It owed much to the British empire, which had colonized over a quarter of the world by the 20th century, a process involving cultural as well as political-economic domination. Across Britain’s imperial orbit, novelists critically engaged with the colonial modernity of which they were a product. This course takes a global and comparative approach, exploring writing from countries that may include England, Ireland, Scotland, the Caribbean, and India. We will consider the ways in which the novel form contributes to national culture and what kinds of identities emerge in the violent matrix of empire. Writers may include Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Flann O’Brien, Raja Rao, CLR James.

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Explores the novel in English from the first half of the twentieth century. May include such writers as Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, Gertrude Stein, E.M. Forster, Claude McKay, Elizabeth Bowen, Raja Rao, William Faulkner, Jean Rhys, and Edith Wharton. Includes history and changing aesthetics of the novel as form, alongside the sociohistorical context.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
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March 24, 2016 - 11:25am