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English 324

Fall 2018
English 324, 20th Century British Writers
12-12:50, MWF
Library 105

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Phone 828-545-3293
COURSE  DESCRIPTION: Writers from England and Ireland from World War I to the present, concentrating on William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and Seamus Heaney. 



The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2, 8th ed.
Joyce, James, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Lawrence, D.H. Sons and Lovers
Greene, Graham, The Power and the Glory
Waugh, Evelyn, Brideshead Revisited
Pitter, Ruth, Sudden Heaven: The Collected Poems of Ruth Pitter, A Critical Edition
Levenson, Michael, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Modernism, 2nd ed

Strongly recommended: 

A Handbook to Literature, Eds. William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed), Ed. Joseph Gibaldi

Also, see Oxford Reference Online www.oxfordreference.com for some basic reference assistance.  It contains desktop access to 100 key Oxford dictionaries and reference works. The Core Collection brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.  

Also, see the Oxford English Dictionary, the grandfather of all dictionaries at http://www.oed.com/


The course objectives of EN 324 center around answering the following questions:
                      1. What is “modernism” and how does it influence 20th Century British literature?
                      2. What are the significant markers of 20th Century British literature?
                      3. How pivotal is a knowledge of Scripture when reading, analyzing, and interpreting literature? Which biblical texts most inform these writers?
                      4. How is 20th Century British informed by Romantic and Victorian notions of art, poetry, fiction, drama, and criticism?
                      5. In general, what view do the writers hold regarding the human condition?  Are we "created a little lower" than the angels or are we simply sophisticated animals? Why is how they approach this question important?
                      LEARNING OUTCOMES

                                            1.   That you read and analyze important novels, poems, short stories, dramas, and prose non-fiction of selected 20th century English writers.

                                            2.   That you write at least one in class essay.

                                            3.   That you write a long analytic research paper or complete a creative project.

                                            4.   That you complete quizzes and major tests.

                                            5.   That you learn to value the literature covered in this course as something that can enrich your life, revealing the complexity of the human experience
                                            and informing your spiritual life.

                                            COURSE OUTLINE

                                                       Week 1      Course Introduction, Modernism

                                                       Week 2      Joseph Conrad and Heart of Darkness; Quiz on Part One

                                                       Week 3      Heart of Darkness; Quiz on Patrs 2 and 3
                                                                         WWI Poets; view on your own All Quiet on the Western Front


                                                       Week 4      W. B. Yeats; D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Chapters 1-5; Quiz

                                                       Week 5      Sons and Lovers, Chapters 6-9; Quiz

                                                                         W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot

                                                       Week 6      Sons and Lovers, Chapters 10-14; Quiz


                                                                                                 T. S. Eliot

                                                       Week 7      James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Parts 1-3, Quiz

                                                                         Ruth Pitter and G.K. Chesterton's "The Hammer of God."

                                                       Fall Break

                                                       Week 8      A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Parts 4-5, Quiz

                                                                         Ruth Pitter


                                                       Week 9      Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory, Parts, 1-2 (chp. 1), Quiz

                                                                         George Orwell and Ruth Pitter

                                                      Week 10    The Power and the Glory, Parts 2, chp. 2-4, Quiz


                                                                         W. H Auden, Dylan Thomas, and Philip Larkin



                                                       Week 11    Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, Part 1, Chp. 1-4, Quiz

                                                                         Seamus Heaney and selected writers

                                                       Week 12    Brideshead Revisited, Part 1, Chp. 5-8, Quiz

                                                                         Selected writers

                                                      Week 13    Brideshead Revisited, Part 2, Quiz


                                                                        Selected writers



                                                      Week 14    Paper Presentations/Creative Projects

                                                                        Literary Analysis due



                                            1. There will be tests, quizzes, journals, essays, and in class presentations that will constitute 60% of your grade in the course.

                                            2. A book review of The Cambridge Companion to Modernism will count 10%. Due by midnight, November 4, 2018. 

                                            3. You will write an analytical paper (1,500 to 2,500 words) or develop a creative project on some aspect of 20th Century British literature; due by December 2, 2018. This paper or project will count 10% of your final grade. 

                                            4. The remaining 20% will come from your class participation, discussion, regular attendance, homework, reserve and supplemental reading, group work, and various short writing assignments.


                                            5. There are a total of 1000 pts possible in the course. Final grades will be compiled as follows:

                                            1000-900 A to A-

                                            899-800 B+ to B

                                            799-700 C+ to C-

                                            699-600 D+ to D-

                                            599-0 F

                                            LIBRARY: All students are encouraged to take advantage of the services and resources available from the  library. You can search the online catalog and the library’s databases by going to http://www.montreat.edu/library/.


                                            Allen, Walter. The English Novel.

                                            Attridge, Derek. The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce.
                                            Baker, Ernest. The History of the Novel, 11 volumes.
                                            Baldick, Chris. The Modern Movement (OHEL).
                                            Bergonzi, Bernard. Heroes’ Twilight: A Study of the Literature of the Great War.

                                            -----------. Wartime and Aftermath: English Literature and Its Background, 1939-60.

                                            Bradbury, Malcolm. The Social Context of Modern English Literature.

                                            Booth, Allyson. Postcards from the Trenches: Negotiating the Space between Modernism and the First World War.

                                            Booth, Wayne. The Rhetoric of Fiction.

                                            Boulton, Marjorie. The Anatomy of the Novel.

                                            Cecil, Hugh. The Flower of Battle: Fiction Writers of the First World War.

                                            Conrad, Robert. Modern Times, Modern Places.

                                            Cross, Wilber. The Development of the English Novel.

                                            Davis, Lennard. Factual Fictions: The Origins of the English Novel.

                                            Esty, Jed. A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England.

                                            Fernihough, Anne. The Cambridge Companion to D. H. Lawrence.

                                            Forster, E. M. Aspects of the Novel.

                                            Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory.

                                            ----------. Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War.

                                            Frye, Northrop. The Anatomy of Criticism.

                                            Gilbert, Martin. A History of the Twentieth Century, 3 vols.

                                            Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, 3 vols.

                                            Graham, Desmond. The Truth of War: Owen, Rosenberg and Blunden.

                                            Head, Dominic. The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction, 1950–2000.

                                            Howe, Irving. The Idea of the Modern in Literature and the Arts.

                                            Hughes, Robert. The Shock of the New.
                                            Hynes, Samuel. A War Imagined: The First World War and English Culture.
                                            James, Henry. The Art of the Novel.
                                            Johnston, John. English Poetry of the First World War: A Study in the Evolution of Lyric and Narrative Forms.
                                            Kellogg, Robert and Robert Scholes. The Nature of Narrative.

                                            King, Don. Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter.

                                            Klein, Holger, J. E. Flower, and Eric Homberger, eds. The Second World War in Fiction.
                                            Kramer, Dale. The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Hardy.
                                            Leavis, F. R. The Great Tradition.
                                            Levenson, Michael, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Modernism.
                                            Lovett, Robert. The History of the English Novel.
                                            Lubbock, Percy. The Craft of Fiction.
                                            Milligan, Ian. The Novel in English: An Introduction.
                                            Neill, Diana. A Short History of the English Novel.
                                            Rawlinson, Mark. British Writing of the Second World War.
                                            Scannell, Vernon. Not without Glory: Poets of the Second World War.
                                            Sherry, Vincent, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War.
                                            -----------. The Great War and the Language of Modernism.
                                            Shires, Linda. British Poetry of the Second World War.
                                            Silkin, John. Out of Battle: The Poetry of the Great War.
                                            Spender, Stephen. The Struggle of the Modern.
                                            Stead, C. K. The New Poetic: Yeats to Eliot.
                                            ----------. Pound, Yeats, Eliot, and the Modernist Movement.
                                            Stevenson, Lionel. The English Novel: A Panorama.
                                            Stevenson, Randall. The Last of England? (OHEL).
                                            Stevick, Philip. The Theory of the Novel.
                                            Stewart, J. I. M. Writers of the Early Twentieth Century: Hardy to Lawrence (OHEL); original title, Eight Modern Writers.
                                            Tindall, William York. Forces in Modern British Literature.
                                            Watson, George. British Literature since 1945.

                                            THE WRITING CENTER:

                                            To write a successful essay, you will need to follow a process of brainstorming, planning, writing, and revising your essays.  The Writing Center tutors will work with you one-on-one on any or all stages of the writing process.  This academic service is available to assist you in becoming a confident and competent writer.  The Writing Center is not an editing service but a dynamic space for learning about writing through thoughtful conversations with peer tutors.  Sessions usually last 20 minutes, but please be aware that more than one session may be necessary in the process of writing an essay. 

                                            The Writing Center is located in Library 105 and is open Sunday – Thursday.  Our normal hours of operation are between 6:00 and 11:00 pm.  An appointment is not necessary, but please be aware that the Writing Center is crowded when a professor assigns a Writing Center visit to a whole class, so don’t wait until the last minute.  You may contact Dr. Kimberly Angle at kangle@montreat.edu if you have questions.  We are now offering Daytime Writing Scholars to be available during limited hours in the Thrive for writing consultations.  Hours will be posted in the Thrive Center and on the library/Thrive Center web page.  Daytime Writing Scholars will also have contact information posted so that you can let them know you’re coming and/or send in your essay for them to read prior to the consultation.  In addition, please know that an excellent internet resource is available to you at all times‑‑Purdue University’s OWL (On‑line Writing Lab).  This site provides an authoritative resource for composition, grammar, and citation.  The address is http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

                                            ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:  For all individual assignments students are expected to present their own work; documentation of

                                            research must follow the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Paper, 8th edition. Cases of academic dishonesty, including

                                            but not limited to cheating and plagiarism, will result in either failure of the assignment or the course.


                                            FINAL COMMENTS: This syllabus and other details about the course, including your grades for the course, are available

                                            through the college's online platform, Moodle. Please email me at dking@montreat.edu if you need help with any aspect of the


                                            For disability information, contact our Wesley Davis (Wesley.davis@montreat.edu) our Disability Services Coordinator.
                                            I reserve the right to make minor changes to the syllabus and course requirements as we move through the semester.


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