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 23: No class (Orientation day)
September 30: Introduction to Modernism + David Herman, "Re-minding Modernism" + Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Party”
October 7: Info on writing assignment / Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (seminar)
October 14: James Joyce,  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
October 21 : Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (seminar)
October 28: Writing assignment: writing a literature review (tips and tricks)  /  T. S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"
November 4: Samuel Beckett, Endgame
November 11: No class (Armistice)
November 18: Introduction to Postmodernism + Jonathan Coe, What a Carve Up 
November 25: Salman Rushdie, East, West / Trial exam (+deadline writing assignment)
December 2: Toni Morrison, Beloved (seminar)
December 9: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (seminar)
December 16: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (cont.) / Feedback on writing assignment / Conclusion