English 254 - Winter, 2020

20th Century British Literature

Class Information

Instructor: Miller, Elizabeth
CRN: 76971
Time: T 3:10-6:00
Location: 120 Voorhies
Breadth: Later British
Focus: Interdiscipline, Method


    Empire, Environment, and British Literature, 1900-1940

    This course will approach early-twentieth-century British literature through the lens of postcolonial ecocriticism. We will read texts set in London and provincial England as well as texts set in South America, Africa, India, and the Arctic, and we will consider British imperialism in its formal as well as informal registers -- extending into histories of investment, infrastructure, and resource exploitation. Our secondary readings will cover topics such as ecological imperialism, environmental racism, the Anthropocene, and global extractivism, as well as critical methods and approaches such as world ecology, modernist studies, literature and science, and the energy humanities. Our primary texts encompass various modes of literary prose, from impressionism and psychological realism to adventure romance, fantasy, and speculative fiction.


    Seminar paper, individual presentation, participation in discussion


    The Time Machine, H. G. Wells
    Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
    The Purple Cloud , M. P. Shiel
    Green Mansions , William Henry Hudson
    Sultana?s Dream, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
    The Machine Stops, E. M. Forster
    Sons and Lovers , D. H. Lawrence
    To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
    Voyage in the Dark , Jean Rhys
    The Road to Wigan Pier , George Orwell
    The Hobbit , J. R. R. Tolkien