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Rebecca S. Rauve
ENGL 336
Seattle Campus

English Literature: Early Twentieth Century

Experiments in fiction and poetry. Novels by Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, and others; poetry by Eliot and Yeats and others.

Class description

In this course we'll consider modernist representations of the making of art and the artist. We'll read, among other things, Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and Woolf's "A Room of One's Own", as well as poems, essays, and manifestos that address the making of art, specifically literary art. Among the questions we'll consider as we look at the Moderns' statements: Is art for art's sake enough? Does art have the potential to effect social change, or personal transformation? Do social conditions suppress some kinds of artistic production and encourage others? We'll supplement our investigation by reading what contemporary scholars of the early Modern era have to say about these questions.

Student learning goals

Class members will improve as readers and writers, because they'll be doing a lot of reading, writing, and grappling with complex texts.

Class members will learn the characteristics of Modern literature as an aesthetic category distinct from, say, Victorian or postmodern literature.

Students will have the opportunity to formulate their views on the role of art and literature in our own society.

General method of instruction

Small and large group discussions will take most of our time in class. Group presentations, in-class reading responses, and lecture will also be incorporated.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Class members will write three six-page papers, as well as completing shorter reading responses and study questions.

Grades will be based primarly on the papers, though class participation will also carry weight.


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 Rebecca S. Rauve
Date: 10/26/2007