description & set texts
This is a survey course designed to introduce, in lecture format, the history of English literature written on the British Isles from the 1890s to the 1960s, highlighting the major periods, genres, oeuvres and individual works of the era.
Aesthetic and poetic concerns of the late Victorian and turn-of-the-century decades and their manifestation in the various genres (Pater, Wilde, James); modernist trends in the novel (Conrad, Joyce, Woolf); modernism and its antecedents in poetry (Hardy, Yeats, Eliot); prose fiction and modernity at mid-century (Huxley, Orwell); satire, metaphysics, and moral philosophy in the post World War II novel (Murdoch, Golding); dramatic revival on the British Isles and the theatre of the absurd (Synge, Beckett, Pinter); the poetry of the Auden-generation and Dylan Thomas; representatives of post WWII poetry (Larkin).
- (Feb 12) The novel at the turn of the century 1 (J. Kenyeres)
- (Feb 19) Modernism in English literature (Á. Farkas)
- (Feb 26) The novel at the turn of the century 2 (J. Kenyeres)
- (Mar 05) The Celtic Revival and English-language literature (E. Remport)
- (Mar 12) The modernist novel from Joyce through Woolf 1 (E. Remport)
- (Mar 19) Some major 20th c. women writers (E. Remport)
- (Mar 26) Drama from Shaw to the theatre of the absurd 1 (M. Gellért)
- (Apr 02) Spring holiday—no lectures
- (Apr 09) Drama from Shaw to the Theatre of the Absurd 2 (M: Gellért)
- (Apr 16) The modernist novel from Joyce through Woolf 2 (Á. Farkas)
- (Apr 23) Some major modernist poets (J. Kenyeres)
- (Apr 30) Utopian fiction in the 20th c. 1 (Á. Farkas)
- (May 07) Utopian fiction in the 20th c. 2 (Á. Farkas)
- (May 14) Poetry before and after World War II (J. Kenyeres)
- H. JAMES, The Turn of the Screw (1898)
- J. CONRAD, Heart of Darkness (1899/1902)
- J. JOYCE, "The Dead", "Araby" and "Eveline" or "After the Race" (both the first and the second; one of the last two: 3 altogether) from Dubliners (1914)
- E. M. FORSTER, Howards End (1910) or D. H. LAWRENCE, The Rainbow (1915)
- V. WOOLF, Mrs Dalloway (1925)
- A. HUXLEY, Brave New World (1932)
G. ORWELL, Nineteen Eighty-four (1949) (one of the previous two dystopias)
- M. SPARK, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)
- D. LESSING, The Grass Is Singing (1962)
- J. M. SYNGE, The Playboy of the Western World(1907)
- S. BECKETT, Waiting for Godot(1952/1954)
- H. PINTER, The Caretaker (1959)
RECOMMENDED PRIMARY SOURCES
- THOMAS HARDY (1840-1928) “A Broken Appointment”, “The Darkling Thrush”, “In Tenebris I (Wintertime nights)”, “Afterwards”
- WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865-1939) “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, “The Second Coming”, “Sailing to Byzantium”, “Leda and the Swan”, “The Circus Animals’ Desertion”
- T. S ELIOT (1888-1965) “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, “Preludes”, “Ash-Wednesday”
- W. H. AUDEN (1907-1973) “As I Walked Out One Evening”, “In Praise of Limestone”, “The Shield of Achilles”
- DYLAN THOMAS (1914-1953) “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”, “A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London”, “Fern Hill”, “Do Not Go gentle into That Good Night
- PHILIP LARKIN (1922-1985) “Church Going”, “The Whitsun Weddings”, “High Windows”, “Sad Steps”
RECOMMENDED SECONDARY SOURCES
- H. JAMES, The Portrait of a Lady(1881)
- J. JOYCE, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
- W. GOLDING, Lord of the Flies (1954)
- I. MURDOCH, Under the Net (1954)
- G. B. SHAW. Saint Joan (1921-1923)
- Daiches, David. A Critical History of English Literature. Vol. 2. London: Mandarin, 1994.
- Coot, Stephen.The Penguin Short History of English LiteratureHaemondsworth: Penguin, 1993.
- Dodsworth, Martin, ed. The Penguin History of Literature. Vol. 7. The Twentieth Century. London: Penguin, 1990.
- Sanders, Andrew. The Short Oxford History of English Literature. New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
- Bényei Tamás. Az ártatlan ország: Az angol regény 1945 után. Debrecen: Kossuth Egyetemi Kiadó, 2003.
- Bradbury, Malcolm. The Modern British Novel. London: Secker & Warburg, 1993.
- Hewitt, Douglas. English Fiction of the Early Modern Period, 1890-1940. London: Longman, 1988.
- MacKay, Marina and Lyndsey Stonebridge, eds. British Fiction After Modernism: The Novel at Mid-Century. Houndmills: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007.
- Stevenson, Randall. Modernist Fiction: An Introduction. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992.
- Brustein, Robert. The Theatre of Revolt: An Approach to the Modern Drama. London: Methuen, 1965.
- Dietrich, Richard F. British Drama, 1890-1950: A Critical History. Boston: Twayne, 1989.
- Esslin, Martin. The Theatre of the Absurd. London : Methuen, 2001.
- Fischer-Lichte, E.: A dráma története. Jelenkor: Pécs, 2001.
- Gascoigne, Bamber, Twentieth Century Drama. London, Hutchinson: 1962.
- Innes, Christopher. Modern British Drama, 1890-1990. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992.
- –-. Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002.
- Ellmann, Richard and O’Clair, Robert, eds.: The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. New York, London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1988
- Eliot, T. S.: Tradition and the Individual Talent. In: Kermode, Frank, ed.: Selected Prose of T. S. Eliot. London: Faber & Faber, 1975, pp 37-44
- Ford, Boris, ed.: The Pelican Guide to English Literature. Vol. 7. From James to Eliot. London: Penguin Books Ltd., 1996, pp 150-165, 166-179, 230-254, 443-461, 462-478
- Ford, Boris, ed.: The Pelican Guide to English Literature. Vol. 8. The Present. London: Penguin Books Ltd., 1990, pp 209-223, 281-293, 294-313
- Dodsworth, Martin, ed.: The Penguin History of Literature. Vol. 7. The Twentieth Century. London: Penguin Books Ltd., 1990, pp 33-64, 109-144, 195-224, 267-314, 345-374
requirements & assessment
Close familiarity with all required reading, lecture material and secondary sources. Written end-of-term exam (írásbeli kollokvium; quiz and essay).