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:
- an ability to render close textual analysis and close reading of works of literature written in English;
- an ability to synthesize information from multiple texts;
- an ability to express clear, cogent ideas;
- an ability to render thoughtful and well-written essays, with thesis, textual support, and analysis;
- the cultivation of aesthetic and critical judgments about literature;
- an understanding of the philosophic, critical, and cultural ideas from which twentieth and twenty-first-century literature in English evolved;
- an understanding of relevant literary periods.
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.
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.
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.
T. S. Eliot
W. H. Auden
William Butler Yeats
William C. Williams
Edna S. Millay
E. E. Cummings
E. M. Forster
D. H. Lawrence
Zora Neale Hurston
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Isaac B. Singer
J. M. Synge
T. S. Eliot
N. Scott Momaday
Leslie Marmon Silko
Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
A. R. Ammons
W. S. Merwin
Michael S. Harper
Maxine H. Kingston
Hunter S. Thompson
Houston A. Baker
Henry Louis Gates