Wednesdays, 6-9 PM
This seminar will explore significant texts in twentieth-century British literature (as well as some texts from other national literatures) by focusing on their figuration of bodies: animal, insect, human, and posthuman bodies; abject, disciplined, diseased, gendered, grotesque, repressed, sexual, and surreal bodies. Primary readings will include Oscar Wilde’s Salome; Djuna Barnes’s The Book of Repulsive Women and Nightwood; Franz Kafka’s "The Metamorphosis" and "In the Penal Colony;" James Joyce’s Ulysses; W.B. Yeats’s poetry; Imagist poetry by Ezra Pound, H.D., and Amy Lowell; T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and The Waste Land; Radclyffe Hall’s “Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself;” Virginia Woolf’s Orlando; Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber; and Jeanette Winterson’s Sexing the Cherry. Secondary readings will provide historical context, as well as expose students to a variety of feminist, Foucauldian, phenomenological, psychoanalytic, queer, and transgender perspectives on embodiment.