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Su-Ching Wang
ENGL 213
Seattle Campus

Modern and Postmodern Literature

Introduces twentieth-century literature and contemporary literature, focusing on representative works that illustrate literary and intellectual developments since 1900.

Class description

This course is designed to provide students with an entry point into major literary and intellectual concerns of twentieth-century literature. While focusing on the assigned texts, we will pay particular attention to the ways literature intersects with modern/postmodern social, political, and aesthetic phenomena. In addition to reading five novels, students will be required to read poems, short stories, literary criticism, and theoretical essays complied in a course pack. Other assignments include weekly in-class writings, four response papers (2-3 pages), group presentations, and a final research paper (5-7 pages). Primary texts include Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1902), E.M. Forster's A Passage to India (1924), Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (1959), Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities (1972), and Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters (1990).

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Su-Ching Wang
Date: 10/18/2008