Ted S. Wayland
The novel on both sides of the Atlantic in the first half of the twentieth century. Includes such writers as Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Stein, Hemingway, Faulkner, and others.
What does it mean to be modern, and what distinguishes modernity from the past? At the beginning of the twentieth century, novelists grappled with the question of modern identity, both in terms of individuals and the literary works they created. We will read several modernist novels to understand what makes them distinct from previous novelistic forms, why these particular authors experimented with representation the ways they did, and what these texts can tell us about the intersection of literature and history. Modernism has been characterized as â€œgrim reading,â€? but in this course a much more varied picture will emergeâ€”reading that is also innovative, startling, strange and at times moving and amusing. Expect to read very carefully and closely in this course as we work through the experimental techniques and other challenges of the texts. Readings will include: James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises; Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse; Djuna Barnes, Nightwood; William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury; Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire.
James Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Vintage. 
Ernest Hemingway. The Sun Also Rises. Scribner. [ 9780743297332]
Virginia Woolf. To the Lighthouse. Harvest. 
William Faulkner. The Sound and the Fury. Vintage. 
Djuna Barnes. Nightwood. New Directions. 
Vladimir Nabokov. Pale Fire. Vintage. [ 9780679723424]
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion.
Some background in 20th-century literature is recommended but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Several short essays and a longer term paper.