Twentieth-century Literature in English

Course Code :1109FLWTLE
Study domain:Literature
Academic year:2019-2020
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
Emma-Louise Silva

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 24: No class (Orientation day)
October 1: Introduction to Modernism + Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Party”
October 8: Joseph Conrad, “Heart of Darkness”
October 15: James Joyce,  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
October 22 : Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (seminars, with assistance from Dr. Olga Beloborodova and Alison Luyten)
October 29: Info writing assignment (Olga Beloborodova) /  T. S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"
November 5: Samuel Beckett, Endgame
November 12: Introduction to Postmodernism (guest lecture by Dr. Toon Staes)
November 19: Jonathan Coe, What a Carve Up
November 26: Salman Rushdie, East, West 
December 3: Toni Morrison, Beloved (seminars, with assistance from Olga Beloborodova and Alison Luyten)
December 10: Feedback writing assignment / Trial exam
December 17: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (guest lecture by Dr. Toon Staes) / Conclusion