ENGL 213 A: Modern and Postmodern Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
SMI 305
Sydney Kaplan
Sydney Kaplan

Syllabus Description:

English 213A:  Modernism and Postmodernism in British Literature

The British novelist, Virginia Woolf, once commented that “On or about December 1910 human nature changed.”  We will begin this course with Howards End, a novel published that same year, and investigate what Woolf meant by such a declaration, and why it is relevant to the development of  literary modernism and postmodernism during the twentieth century.    We will read novels and short stories by British authors and consider them in relation to the major social, technological, and cultural changes in Britain during this period.   The reading list for this course includes texts that are well known for their complexity, daring and innovation. You may find that you need to read some of them more than once in order to grasp their multi-layered structures of meaning. 


Required Texts (listed in order of reading)  You must use these editions of the texts. 

  1. M. Forster, Howards End, Penguin 9780141182131
    Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories, Norton Critical Edition 0393925331
    Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 97801566289
    Ian McEwan, Saturday, Random House 1-400076196
    Zadie Smith, On Beauty, Penguin 0-14-303774-9
Catalog Description: 
Introduces twentieth-century literature and contemporary literature, focusing on representative works that illustrate literary and intellectual developments since 1900.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 10:30pm