English 155C - Winter, 2020

20th Century British Novel

Class Information

Instructor: Dobbins, Gregory
CRN: 76963
Time: MWF 11:00-11:50
Location: 118 Olson


    This course will provide a survey of the history of the British novel throughout the last century, with an emphasis on the different directions evident in that literary form after World War II. We will begin by looking closely at two entries into Modernism (James Joyce and Virginia Woolf) in order to consider how they served as models for later writers. After that, we will consider representative examples of different voices which emerge in Britain after 1945, including novels by George Lamming, B.S. Johnson, Jeanette Winterson, and Anna Burns.


    Two essays, a final, short close reading assignment, and participation


    Milkman, Anna Burns
    Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
    In the Castle of My Skin, George Lamming
    Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry, B.S. Johnson
    Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson