21L.485 20th-Century Fiction

Fall 2002

Drawing of Joseph Conrad.
Joseph Conrad.  (Illustration courtesy of Barbara Thorburn.)

Course Highlights

This course features readingsessay assignments and exams addressing twentieth-century fiction, including an extended list of suggested paper topics.

Course Description

Tradition and innovation in representative fiction of the early modern period. Recurring themes: the role of the artist in the modern period, the representation of psychological and sexual experience, the virtues (and defects) of the aggressively experimental character of so many modern books. Works by such writers as Conrad, Kipling, Isaac Babel, Kafka, James, Lawrence, Mann, Ford Madox Ford, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, and Nabokov.

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Prof. David Thorburn

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session