English 10C-2 - Fall, 2018

Literatures in English III: 1900-Present

Class Information

Instructor: Fountain, Aimee
CRN: 21766
Time: TR 10:30-11:50
Location: 1120 Hart


    English 10C is the third course in the required Literatures in English sequence. Our version will examine how English-language literature in the 20th and 21st centuries has evolved aesthetically to grapple with the period's economic, political, and social transformations. We will consider not just American and British perspectives, but immigrant narratives and other Anglophone literatures across drama, poetry, and fiction. As we look at the literature, students will respond in writing to develop skills as close readers and generally prepare them for further study in English literature.

    A tentative reading list includes:

    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)
    A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947)
    Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1953)
    The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1965)
    Jazz by Toni Morrison (1992)
    The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)
    & a course reader including poetry and short stories.


    2 formal essays, including drafts and peer editing (60%),
    2 close readings posted to the class blog (20%),
    Preparedness and participation, including quizzes, attendance, in-class responses (10%),
    & a Final exam (10%)