Twentieth-Century British Fiction, 1945-2000

L346 — Fall 2021

Ranu Samantrai
Course Description

A survey of English prose in the second half of the twentieth century. We’ll read works that respond to the dizzying pace of change in an era that saw the great European empires give way to the Cold War, and ordinary life transformed by counter-cultural rebellions and globalization. We’ll read plays by Tom Stoppard and Caryl Churchill, and novels by Sam Selvon, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Pat Barker, David Mitchell, and Bernadine Evaristo. These writers will introduce you to the experimentation of postmodernism, the fun of the postcolonial, and the irony of new realism. By the end of the semester you’ll have a map of the period that touches upon its history, philosophy, and aesthetics.

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