Twentieth-century Literature in English

Course Code :1109FLWTLE
Study domain:Literature
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Luc Herman
Dirk Van Hulle
Olga Beloborodova

3. Course contents *

The aim of this course is to deepen the student's understanding of twentieth-century literature in English by reading a careful selection of some of the most captivating and exciting modernist and postwar works of literature in the English language.

The lectures build on the student's knowledge of the history of literature in English and constitute the logical next step after the course on nineteenth-century literature.


September 25: No class (Orientation day)
October 2: Introduction 1 (Modernism) + Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Party”
October 9: Joseph Conrad, “Heart of Darkness”
October 16: James Joyce,  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
October 23 : Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
October 30: Trial exam about Mrs. Dalloway /  T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"
November 6: Samuel Beckett, Endgame
November 13: Introduction 2 (Postmodernism) + introduction Jonathan Coe, What a Carve Up
November 20: Coe, What a Carve Up
November 27 : Toni Morrison, Beloved

December 4: Salman Rushdie, East, West 
December 11: Trial exam about East, West / Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
December 18: Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 / Conclusion