English 10C-1 - Winter, 2017

Literatures in English III: 1900-Present

Class Information

Instructor: Wander, Ryan
CRN: 22760
Time: MWF 12:10-1:00
Location: 167 Olson


    English 10C is the last of the three parts of the Literatures in English sequence, a series of classes intended to prepare English majors for upper-division courses. As such, it is a reading and writing-intensive course. Over the course of the quarter, we will read British and US literature written between the turn of the twentieth century and the present day. As we proceed, we will focus on key aesthetic and intellectual developments in poetry and fiction and the historical contexts of these developments: realism and empire; US literary naturalism on the frontier and in the wake of the Great Depression; regional writing, gender, and queerness; modernism and (dis)unity; and postmodernism, pastiche, and history.


    Essay 1 (close reading): 20%
    Essay 2 (research): 25%
    Final Exam: 25%
    Short In-class Writing Assignments and Quizzes: 10%
    Short At-home Writing Assignments: 10%
    Participation: 10%


    Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
    Passing, Nella Larson
    The Call of the Wild, White Fang & To Build a Fire, Jack London
    The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
    Steer Toward Rock, Fae Myenne Ng
    Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
    Uncle Tom’s Children, Richard Wright