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365-001 Modern British Fiction: Love and War in the Modern British Novel

365-001 Modern British Fiction: Love and War in the Modern British Novel

Instructor: Stewart Cole

Description:

This course will study works that testify to both the shaping influence of war on the British fiction of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries and the continued prevalence of love stories in the era. Spanning from the early-twentieth-century beginnings of Modernism to our contemporary postmodern moment, and reading works that take the two World Wars as well as more domestic conflicts as their historical backdrop, we will examine the ways in which love and war entwine and interpenetrate: lovers separated by war, the unexpected loves forged amidst war, and even love itself as a kind of war. In addition to pursuing these historical and thematic emphases, we will also engage the aesthetic aspects of modern fiction, exploring (for example) the differences between Modernism and postmodernism, important fictional tendencies such as literary impressionism and historiographic metafiction, and narrative concepts such as interior monologue, free indirect discourse, intertextuality, frame and embedded narratives, and the unreliable narrator.   

Possible texts to be studied include:

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

Ian McEwan, Atonement

Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

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