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LITERATURE IN ENGLISH SINCE 1900: ENGL 313

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.

Essential skills and/or outcomes to be acquired through the course include:

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

England
Rupert Brooke
Siegrfried Sassoon
Wilfred Owen
T. S. Eliot
W. H. Auden
Dylan Thomas

Ireland
William Butler Yeats

United States
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

PROSE

England
Joseph Conrad
E. M. Forster
Virginia Woolf
D. H. Lawrence

Ireland
James Joyce

United States
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

DRAMA

Ireland
J. M. Synge
Samuel Beckett

United States
Eugene O'Neill

NON-FICTION

England
Virginia Woolf
T. S. Eliot
George Orwell

United States
Cleanth Brooks

II. Post-Colonialism

POETRY

Caribbean
Derek Walcott

PROSE

Caribbean
V.S. Naipaul
Pauline Melville
Jamaica Kincaid

India
Kamala Markandaya
Anita Desai
Salman Rushdie

Nigeria
Chinua Achebe

South Africa
Nadine Gordimer

United States
N. Scott Momaday
Ana Castillo
Leslie Marmon Silko
Jhumpa Lahiri

Zimbabwe
Doris Lessing

DRAMA

Nigeria
Wole Soyinka

NON-FICTION

England
George Orwell

India/England/U.S.
Homi Bhabha

India/U.S.
Gayatri Spivak

Kenya
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Palestine/Egypt/U.S.
Edward Said

United States
Gloria Anzaldua

III. Postmodernism/Contemporary

POETRY

England
Philip Larkin
Ted Hughes

Ireland
Seamus Heaney

United States
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

PROSE

Australia
Peter Carey

Canada
Alice Munro
Margaret Atwood
Michael Ondaatje

New Zealand
Janet Frame

United States
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

DRAMA

England
Harold Pinter
Tom Stoppard

United States
Tennessee Williams
Arthur Miller
August Wilson
David Mamet

NON-FICTION

United States
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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