Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG328Y1Y L0101

ENG328Y1Y   L0101   T9-11, R10 
Modern Fiction to 1960
Instructor: M. Donnelly
Office Locations: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA

Brief Description of Course:
This course will explore the formal innovations and social preoccupations of the Anglo-American novel in English from 1900 to 1960. We’ll pay particular attention to the ways that changing social mores, the hardships of war, and an increasingly globalized world shaped and reshaped the literary canon in the period. During this time, there were also many conflicting conceptions of what the “Modern Novel” could or should look like, and we’ll explore how twelve novelists, from Hemingway to Nabokov, Rhys to Woolf, enter this conversation.

Required Reading:
Willa Cather, My Ántonia (Dover Thrift, 1994)
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying (Vintage, 1991)
Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Harper Perennial, 2015)
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (Scribner, 1995)
D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers (Oxford World Classics, 2009)
Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Mariner, 2004)
Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Houghton, 2001)
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (Vintage, 1995)
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (Vintage, 2009)
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics, 2000)

First Three Authors/Texts: Cather, Joyce, Woolf

Method of Evaluation: Essay 1 (25%); essay 2 (35%); exam (30%); participation (10%).

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