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ENL 137N - British Literature, 1900-1945

Gregory Dobbins


This course will provide a survey of literature produced in the first half of the twentieth century and will focus on the aesthetics and politics of modernism. We will begin with works written during the apex of the British Empire at the turn of the century and complete the quarter with a consideration of the aftermath of WWII. Along the way we will consider the numerous and profound political, social, and cultural changes that occurred during this period as we seek to understand what impact such transformations of the world made upon British literary conventions. In doing so, we will be reading works by  Joseph Conrad, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, H.D., T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Flann O'Brien.



Final Essay (8-10 pages)- 40%

Short Writing Assignment—15%

Final exam— 25%

Quizzes—10% (2% each)

Class Participation—10%



  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O’Brien
  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Eighth Edition: Volume F, Greenblatt

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