Modernism and the Modern British Novel

PS, Tue 10- 12
WS 2009/2010
Universität Bayreuth

Course Description:

This course will concentrate on the modernist phase in twentieth-century British literature. We will start with a general approach to key historical events and social dynamics. By focussing on selected modernist writings, the unique features of these highly experimental literary works will be explored. The Modern British Novel is the result of a decisive break with the past and the literary conventions connected to it. Modernist writers created new forms of expression and narrative methods. Interior monologue, free association and stream of consciousness are just some of the new techniques which will be traced and analysed in the selected primary texts. Among others we will read excerpts from James Joyce’s widely-know, but less frequently read masterpiece Ulysses.

Texts to be obtained by students:

James Joyce. Ulysses
Virginia Woolf. Mrs Dalloway
Ian McEwan. Saturday
A Reader with additional texts will be available at the beginning of the semester.