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Syllabus

2018-19


TERM 1


Week 1. Introduction: Modernity and the Module


Unit I (1789-1848): Enlightenment, Revolution, Romanticism

Week 2. Johann von Goethe, Faust Part I, trans. David Luke (Oxford World’s Classics)

Week 3. Olaudah Equiano, Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, African (Dover Thrift)

Week 4. William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”; Percy Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind” and “The Mask of Anarchy”; Alexander Pushkin, “The Bronze Horseman” [handout]

Week 5. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein [1818 Text] (Norton Critical Editions)


Unit II (1848-1914): Modernity, Capital, Empire

Week 7. Charles Baudelaire, “I. Beauty, Fashion and Happiness,” “II. Manners and Modes,” “III. An Artist, Man of the World, Man of Crowds and Child,” “IV. Modernity,” “IX. The Dandy,” from “The Painter of Modern Life”; “The Swan” from Fleurs du Mal; “The Eyes of the Poor,” “Lost Halo,” “Bash the Poor!” from Paris Spleen; Arthur Rimbaud, “The Drunken Boat” [handout]

Week 8. Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House (Four Major Plays, Oxford World’s Classics)

Week 9. Natsume Soseki, Kokoro trans. Meredith McKinney (Penguin Classics)

Week 10. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Penguin Popular or Penguin Classics)


TERM 2


Unit III (1914-1945): Modernisms and World War

Week 1. Rabindranath Tagore, Home and the World (Penguin Classics)

Week 2. Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis, trans. Susan Bernofsky (Norton); Lu Xun, “A Madman’s Diary” [handout]

Week 3. Guillaume Apollinaire, “Zone,” trans. Samuel Beckett [handout]; T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (Dover Thrift)

Week 4. Katherine Anne Porter, Pale Horse, Pale Rider (Penguin Classics) – NB: We will be covering just the title story from this collection

Week 5. Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children, trans. John Willett (Methuen)


Unit IV (1945-1989): Cold War, Decolonization & the Long Boom

Week 7. Samuel Beckett, Endgame (Faber)

Week 8. Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star (Penguin)

Week 9. Aimé Césaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land; Frank O’Hara, “Ode: Salute to the French Negro Poets” and “The Day Lady Died”; Elizabeth Bishop, “Questions of Travel”; Kamau Brathwaite, “Letter Sycorax” [handout]

Week 10. Bessie Head, A Question of Power (Heinemann)


TERM 3


Unit V (1990-present): Contemporary World Literatures

The summer term will be given over to the reading of two works of post-1989 literature, using a range of activities – a film screening, seminar discussion, group presentations – to address the pressing questions of literature and its institutional study today.

In 2018-19, we will read the following:

Week 2. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (Vintage)