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English 324

Fall 2018
English 324, 20th Century British Writers
12-12:50, MWF
Belk 219

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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, Collected Poems
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

                                                       Week 3      WWI Poets; view on your own All Quiet on the Western Front


                                                       Week 4      W. B. Yeats and G.K. Chesterton's "The Hammer of God."

                                                       Week 5      D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Chapters 1-7; Quiz

                                                                         T. S. Eliot

                                                       Week 6      Sons and Lovers, Chapters 8-15


                                                                                                 T. S. Eliot and Ruth Pitter

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

                                                                         Ruth Pitter and W. H Auden

                                                       Fall Break

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

                                                                         W. H Auden and Dylan Thomas


                                                       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


                                                                         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, or in class essays 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 paper in this course, you will need to follow a process of planning, writing, and revising your papers. 

                                            The Writing Center tutors will work with you one-on-one on any or all parts of this process.  This academic service is available to assist you in becoming a

                                            confident writer, as both a student and a graduate.  An appointment is not necessary. If you are a day student or a non-traditional student, you

                                            may contact the Director, Kim Angle (kangle@montreat.edu).

                                            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 “always on” and authoritative resource for composition, grammar, and citation.  The address is
                                            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 course.


                                            I reserve the right to make minor changes to the syllabus and course requirements as we move through the semester.


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