English 10C-2 - Spring, 2016

Literatures in English III: 1900 - Present

Class Information

Instructor: Carroll, Jordan
CRN: 42470
Time: MWF 12:10-1:00
Location: 209 Wellman

Description

    ENL 10C is the third part in the required Literatures in English sequence. This is a reading and writing intensive course, designed to prepare students majoring in English for advanced work in upper-division literary studies. The course will survey literature from 1900 to the present, covering British, American, and Anglophone literatures. In addition to obtaining a better understanding of post-1900 fiction, drama, and poetry, students will gain experience with common genres of critical writing, including assignments such as a close reading essay and a research paper. We will also draw on methods from cultural studies to explore how word usage reflects larger changes in history, literature, and criticism. Although the class will move through a broad overview of this period, we will focus on subjectivity as our major theme. Tracking the self from Virginia Woolf’s introspective subjects through Thomas Pynchon’s paranoids will allow us to better grasp developments in literary history, including the shift from modernism to postmodernism.

Grading

    Close reading paper
    Keywords assignment
    Research paper
    Participation and Quizzes
    Final Exam

Texts

    Three Lives, Gertrude Stein
    Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
    Endgame, Samuel Beckett
    The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
    Death and the King's Horseman, Wole Soyinka
    Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
    Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, Raymond Williams