English Literature from 1890 until the 1960s (Az angol irodalom 1890-től az 1960-as évekig) in spring 2015
Farkas Ákos, Mon 14:30–16:00, R315, host: DES (R338)
3-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-112
description & set texts


These seminars are meant to introduce, through attentive reading, in-class discussion, written assignments as well as presentations, some representative novels, dramas and poems written between the turn of the century and the “fabled” nineteen-sixties. If approached with the light-hearted seriousness its material deserves, this course should also turn out to be a pleasurable experience besides providing useful assistance with preparations for the exam concluding the lecture series.


  1. (Feb 09) INTRODUCTION
  2. (Feb 16) JOSEPH CONRAD, Heart of Darkness (1899/1902)
  3. (Feb 23) W. B. YEATS, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, “The Second Coming”, “Sailing to Byzantium”
  4. (Mar 02) J. M. SYNGE, The Playboy of the Western World (1907)
  5. (Mar 09) JAMES JOYCE, “Araby”, “Eveline”, “The Dead” (from Dubliners, 1914)
  6. (Mar 16) T. S. ELIOT, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1917)
  7. (Mar 23) VIRGINIA WOOLF, Mrs Dalloway (1925)
  8. (Mar 30) VIRGINIA WOOLF, Mrs Dalloway (1925)
  9. (Apr 06) SPRING HOLIDAY—no classes
  10. (Apr 13) ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World (1932)
  11. (Apr 20) DYLAN THOMAS, “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”, “Fern Hill”, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”
  12. (Apr 27) SAMUEL BECKETT, Waiting for Godot (1953, 1955)
  13. (May 04) TERM TEST (Quiz + essay)
requirements & assessment

Regular attendance and active in-class participation based on familiarity with set texts read for the appropriate seminars; a short presentation on a topic assigned individually in advance, and a major in-class test ("term test" = quiz questions + short essay). (N. B. You can improve your mark through doing voluntary assignments in the form of mini essays written in response to questions and tasks uploaded to my "course material" page as we go along.)