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English 560 – The Modernist Novel – will survey some major contributions to the novel by modernist British, cost Irish, generic American, ed and Canadian writers. We will focus on developments in narrative and technique, critical statements by modernist novelists, and the cultural contexts that gave rise to them. We will also situate the modernist novel in relation to nineteenth-century realism and postmodernism. The focus will be on several key novelists, striving for a balance between male and female, and straight and gay, writers. Questions of empire, colonialism, emergent global capitalism, sex and sexuality, subjectivity, gender, war and violence, race and racism, nationhood and cosmopolitanism will feature prominently. We will especially strive to place these works within the framework of the “new modernist studies,” referring to central critical contributions in the last 10 years by critics such as Susan Stanford Friedman, Jennifer Wicke, Lawrence Rainey, Michael North, Mark Wollaeger, Rebecca L. Walkowitz, and Douglas Mao. Equally, we will consider new approaches to literary study generated by digital humanities methods; students with an interest in this area will be encourage to pursue their work in this vein. At the same time, the course will have a distinctly theoretical bent, and secondary readings will ask students to think critically and substantially about how modernism, modern intellectual history, and critical and cultural theory are imbricated.

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