This course is an introduction to the formal, thematic, and philosophical features of British Modernist fiction. This course will attempt to provide a broad, if necessarily selective, picture of modernist fiction in all its considerable variety. Thus, in addition to spending weeks reading James Joyce's Ulysses, and other modernist classics, we will read some arguably minor novels as well. We will spend considerable time on what is called "late modernism," that is, the period from the early thirties to modernism's official end in 1945. We will also focus on modernism's recurrent preoccupations, particularly its concern with the meaning of modernity itself. Are modernism and modernity identical, antagonistic, or mutually dependent? How is modernism implicated in Britain's waning imperial fortunes? What relations does modernism have with popular culture? To what extent was it shaped by technological change?
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL Grading Mode: Graded
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