Twentieth-Century British Fiction

L346 — Spring 2022

Ranu Samantrai
Days and Times
OA: Online All (No designated meeting time) (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: 1945-2000

A survey of English prose in the second half of the 20th century when European empires gave way to the Cold War, and ordinary life was 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, and consider the experimentation of postmodernism, the challenge 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. Coursework includes lectures, quizzes, online discussion, and 2 essays.