ENGL 242 H: Reading Prose Fiction

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 3:30pm - 4:20pm
CDH 125
Krista Daniel
Krista Daniel

Syllabus Description:

"Every time she gave a party she had this feeling of being something not herself, and that every one was unreal in one way; much more real in another." ~ Mrs. Dalloway

Trivial Matters: Parties, the Home, and British Modernism

This course will examine British novels written during and after the Great War that prominently feature the social and/or domestic spheres. We will discuss the ways in which the seemingly trivial activities that take place within these spaces—such as parties, village contretemps, gossip, domestic disasters, and daily routines—matter within modernism, both as a historical period and a philosophical commitment. We will engage issues such as gender, the everyday, class, familial relationships, manners, and the “middlebrow.” Course readings will include Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier (1918), as well as several popular domestic novels such as E.M. Delafield’s Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930) and E. F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia (1931). This course satisfies the “W” requirement.

Catalog Description: 
Critical interpretation and meaning in works of prose fiction, representing a variety of types and periods.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 10:40pm