English 10C-3 - Spring, 2015

Literatures in English III: 1900 to Present

Class Information

Instructor: Thomas, George
CRN: 32393
Time: TR 4:40-6:00
Location: 105 Olson

Description

    This is a reading- and writing-intensive course designed to help prepare students for upper-division courses in the English major. Our focus will be on English-language literature since 1900. We will read poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and even a little literary theory. The class will be divided into four “Chapters” covering important paradigms: Modernism, Postmodernism, “Low” and Genre Literature, and the Postcolonial. We’ll read everything from canonical heavyweights like T.S. Eliot and William Faulkner to recent Sci-Fi authors like Octavia Butler. The goal is to help you become a dynamite close reader with a good working knowledge of Anglophone literature from the last 115 years.

Grading

    Close Reading Papers: 15% x2
    Research Paper: 20%
    Shorter Writing Assignments and Blogs: 10%
    Participation, Group Work, and Quizzes: 20%
    Final Exam: 20%

Texts

    Dubliners, James Joyce
    As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
    Flight to Canada, Ishmael Reed
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard
    Kindred, Octavia Butler
    Course Reader, Ezra Pound, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Jean Toomer, Marianne Moore, Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, and David Foster Wallace, among others.