BBN-ANG-215
English Literature from 1890 until the 1960s (Az angol irodalom 1890-től az 1960-as évekig) in spring 2015
Farkas Ákos/Gellért Marcell/Kenyeres János/Remport Eglantina, Thu 14:00–15:00, D nagyelőadó, host: DES (R338)
2-credit lecture, 15 h/term; weak prereq: BBN-FLI-101
description & set texts

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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.

COURSE CONTENT

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).

WEEKLY SYLLABUS

  1. (Feb 12) The novel at the turn of the century 1 (J. Kenyeres)
  2. (Feb 19) Modernism in English literature (Á. Farkas)
  3. (Feb 26) The novel at the turn of the century 2 (J. Kenyeres)
  4. (Mar 05) The Celtic Revival and English-language literature (E. Remport)
  5. (Mar 12) The modernist novel from Joyce through Woolf 1 (E. Remport)
  6. (Mar 19) Some major 20th c. women writers (E. Remport)
  7. (Mar 26) Drama from Shaw to the theatre of the absurd 1 (M. Gellért)
  8. (Apr 02) Spring holiday—no lectures
  9. (Apr 09) Drama from Shaw to the Theatre of the Absurd 2 (M: Gellért)
  10. (Apr 16) The modernist novel from Joyce through Woolf 2 (Á. Farkas)
  11. (Apr 23) Some major modernist poets (J. Kenyeres)
  12. (Apr 30) Utopian fiction in the 20th c. 1 (Á. Farkas)
  13. (May 07) Utopian fiction in the 20th c. 2 (Á. Farkas)
  14. (May 14) Poetry before and after World War II (J. Kenyeres)

REQUIRED READING

Fiction

Drama

Poetry

RECOMMENDED PRIMARY SOURCES

RECOMMENDED SECONDARY SOURCES

General

Selected websites:

Novel

Drama

Poetry

Selected websites

requirements & assessment
Close familiarity with all required reading, lecture material and secondary sources. Written end-of-term exam (írásbeli kollokvium; quiz and essay).