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English & Modern Languages

Shepherd University

 


English 313: Literature in English since 1900

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION English 313 (Literature in English since 1900) is an advanced critical study of the major writers and literary movements since the beginning of the twentieth century. Since cosmopolitanism, mass migrations, and exile are a significant aspect of modern life, a global perspective is imperative in English 313, instead of a focus on a national literary tradition. Therefore, all literature composed in English during or after World War I is the field of study. Prerequisite: ENGL 301.

 

SKILLS AND OUTCOMES 1) an ability to render close textual analysis and close reading of works of literature written in English;

2) an ability to synthesize information from multiple texts;

3) an ability to express clear, cogent ideas;

4) an ability to render thoughtful and well-written essays, with thesis, textual support, and analysis;

5) the cultivation of aesthetic and critical judgments about literature;

6) an understanding of the philosophic, critical, and cultural ideas from which twentieth and twenty-first-century literature in English evolved;

7) an understanding of relevant literary periods.

 

  REQUIREMENTS English 313 is a writing-intensive course. For that reason, multiple writing assignments (totaling a minimum of 20 pages) are required. At least one of the writing assignments should be a formal research paper.

RECOMMENDED TEXTS Instructors of English 313 are encouraged to use the latest edition of The Norton Anthology of American Literature , volumes D and E, and The Norton Anthology of English Literature , volume F. Supplemental texts, of the instructor's choosing, are welcome as well.

COVERAGE The following is a list of authors representing the major literary divisions of writing in English since 1900. Selected and representative works by these authors that demonstrate diversity in period, genre, gender, race, and region should be covered in the course. Instructors may include additional choices, but representative works and authors from all three literary periods must be covered.

 

 

I. Modernism

 

 

Poetry

Prose

Drama

Non-Fiction

 

 

England

Rupert Brooke

Siegrfried Sassoon

Wilfred Owen

T. S. Eliot

W. H. Auden

Dylan Thomas

 

Ireland

William Butler Yeats

 

US

Amy Lowell

Robert Frost

Carl Sandburg

Wallace Stevens

William C. Williams

Ezra Pound

H. D.

Claude McKay

Edna S. Millay

E. E. Cummings

Langston Hughes

 

 

 

England

Joseph Conrad

E. M. Forster

Virginia Woolf

D. H. Lawrence

 

Ireland

James Joyce

 

US

Willa Cather

Gertrude Stein

Sherwood Anderson

Zora Neale Hurston

Jean Toomer

F. Scott Fitzgerald

William Faulkner

Ernest Hemingway

John Steinbeck

Nathanael West

Isaac B. Singer

 

 

Ireland

J. M. Synge

Samuel Beckett

 

US

Eugene O'Neill

 

England

Virginia Woolf

T. S. Eliot

George Orwell

 

US

Cleanth Brooks

 

 


II. Post-colonialism

 

 

Poetry

Prose

Drama

Non-Fiction

 

 

Caribbean

Derek Walcott

 

 

Caribbean

V. S. Naipaul

Pauline Melville

Jamaica Kincaid

 

India

Kamala Markandaya

Anita Desai

Salman Rushdie

 

Nigeria

Chinua Achebe

 

South Africa

Nadine Gordimer

 

Nigeria

Wole Soyinka

 

England

George Orwell

 

India/England/US

Homi Bhabha

 

India/US

Gayatri Spivak

 

Kenya

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

 

Palestine/Egypt/US

Edward Said

 

US

Gloria Anzaldúa

 

 

US

N. Scott Momaday

Ana Castillo

Leslie Marmon Silko

Jhumpa Lahiri

 

Zimbabwe

Doris Lessing

 

 

 

 

 


III. Postmodernism/contemporary

 

 

Poetry

Prose

Drama

Non-Fiction

 

 

England

Philip Larkin

Ted Hughes

 

Ireland

Seamus Heaney

 

US

Kenneth Rexroth

Theodore Roethke

Elizabeth Bishop

John Berryman

Delmore Schwartz

Robert Lowell

Gwendolyn Brooks

Howard Nemerov

Richard Wilbur

James Dickey

Denise Levertov

Allen Ginsberg

A. R. Ammons

Robert Bly

Frank O'Hara

Galway Kinnell

W. S. Merwin

James Wright

Donald Hall

Philip Levine

Anne Sexton

Adrienne Rich

Sylvia Plath

Amiri Baraka

Michael S. Harper

Robert Pinsky

Rita Dove

Sherman Alexie

 

 

Australia

Peter Carey

 

Canada

Alice Munro

Margaret Atwood

Michael Ondaatje

 

New Zealand

Janet Frame

 

US

Vladimir Nabokov

Richard Wright

Nelson Algren

Eudora Welty

Ralph Ellison

Saul Bellow

James Baldwin

Flannery O'Connor

John Barth

Walter Abish

Toni Morrison

Don Delillo

Maxine H. Kingston

Alice Walker

Denis Johnson

Sandra Cisneros

Amy Tan

Louise Erdrich

Sherman Alexie

 

 

England

Harold Pinter

Tom Stoppard

 

US

Tennessee Williams

Arthur Miller

August Wilson

David Mamet

 

US

Norman Mailer

Tom Wolfe

John McPhee

Joan Didion

Fredric Jameson

Hunter S. Thompson

Houston A. Baker

Alice Walker

Henry Louis Gates

Richard Rodriguez

 

 

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