English 10C - Spring, 2022

Literatures in English III: 1900 to Present

Class Information

Instructor: Clover, Joshua
Time: TR 3:10-4:30
Location: REMOTE
GE Areas: Writing Experience


This course provides an introduction to the 20th century by way of some of its literature in English. We'll read some novels and some poems and a play. Also a couple challenging essays. We'll think about how we got from, I dunno, the second industrial revolution to the LA Riots, plus some other stuff. There's a lot of reading. It's a class for people who are willing to do a lot of reading ? almost a book a week. In addition to the list of books below there'll be other materials on the website. The good news is, there will be free copies available; don't buy anything.

There is some chance to course will find itself meeting virtually. If so: the lectures will mostly synchronous, but they will be recorded and available for asynchronous viewing/notes for the duration of the week in which they happen. Because sections are specifically for discussion, they will only be synchronous and attendance is expected. Please bear this in mind when enrolling.


Grading will be based on a mixture of reading notes, attendance+participation, two essays (one shorter, one longer), and a final exam. The basic expectation is this: do these things, do them sincerely, and you will get an A. No other grades. Do the work, get the A, the end.


Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
The Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin
Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
Revolutionary Letters, Diane Di Prima
Harlem Shadows, Claude McKay
Twilight: Los Angeles, Anna Deavere Smith
S.O.S., Amiri Baraka