Topic 15: English literature in the twentieth century
- The Experimental Novel: James and Conrad
- The Experimental Novel: Joyce and Woolf
- Tradition and Modernity: Wells, Bennett, Forster, Lawrence
- Fiction and Society in Mid-Century: Huxley, Waugh, Greene, Orwell
- The Reaction against Experiment in Post-War English Fiction: Amis, Braine, Sillitoe
- Fiction, Philosophy and the Postmodern: Murdoch, Golding, Fowles
- The Renewal of English Drama: Wilde and Shaw; Eliot and poetic drama
- Irish Drama: Yeats, Synge, O'Casey
- Drama after the War: Beckett and Pinter; Osborne and Wesker
- Modernism in Poetry: Yeats and Eliot
- The Auden Generation and After: Auden, MacNeice, Spender, Dylan Thomas
- Some Representative Post-War Poets: Larkin, Ted Hughes, Heaney
- James, The Portrait of a Lady or The Ambassadors
- Conrad, Heart of Darkness or Lord Jim or Nostromo
- Joyce, Dubliners; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Telemachus, Calypso, The Wandering Rocks, Penelope (from Ulysses)
- Woolf, Mrs Dalloway or To the Lighthouse or The Waves
- Wells The Time-Machine or Tono-Bungay or The History of Mr Polly
- Bennett, The Old Wives' Tale
- Forster, Howards End or A Passage to India
- Lawrence, Sons and Lovers or The Rainbow or Women in Love
- Huxley, Brave New World
- Waugh, Brideshead Revisited or Decline and Fall
- Greene, The Power and the Glory or The Quiet American
- Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
- Amis, Lucky Jim
- Braine, Room at the Top
- Sillitoe, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning or The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
- Murdoch, Under the Net or The Sea, the Sea
- Golding, Lord of the Flies or The Inheritors or Rites of Passage
- Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman
- Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest or Salome
- Shaw, Widowers' Houses or Mrs Warren's Profession; Man and Superman or Saint Joan (2 plays)
- Yeats, The Countess Cathleen or The Shadowy Waters or The Only Jealousy of Emer
- Synge, The Playboy of the Western World
- O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock
- Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral or The Cocktail Party
- Beckett, Waiting for Godot or Krapp's Last Tape
- Pinter, The Birthday Party or The Caretaker
- Osborne, Look Back in Anger
- Wesker, Chips with Everything
- Yeats, To the Rose upon the Rood of Time, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Upon a House shaken by the Land Agitation, The Wild Swans at Coole, An Irish Airman foresees his Death, The Fisherman, Easter 1916, The Second Coming, A Prayer for my Daughter, Sailing to Byzantium, Meditations in Time of Civil War, Leda and the Swan, Among School Children, A Dialogue of Self and Soul, Byzantium, Lapis Lazuli, The Circus Animals' Desertion, Under Ben Bulben
- Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; Preludes; Gerontion; The Waste Land; "Burnt Norton" (from Four Quartets)
- Auden, Ode, A Summer Night, Paysage Moralisé, O What is that Sound, A Bride in the 30's, Spain, Dover, Journey to Iceland, Musé des Beaux Arts, In Memory of William Butler Yeats, September 1, 1939, In Praise of Limestone, The Shield of Achilles
- Spender, The Express, I Think Continually, The Landscape near an Aerodrome, The Pylons, Two Armies, Ultima Ratio Regum
- MacNeice, An Eclogue for Christmas, Birmingham, Bagpipe Music, The Sunlight on the Garden, Autumn Journal (III), Prognosis, London Rain, The British Museum Reading Room, Epitaph for Liberal Poets, Brother Fire, Thalassa
- Dylan Thomas, Before I knocked and flesh let enter, The force that through the green fuse drives the flower, If I were tickled by the rub of love, After the Funeral, Poem in October, Fern Hill, Over Sir John's Hill, Do not go gentle into that good night
- Larkin, To My Wife, Reasons for Attendance, Church Going, The Whitsun Weddings, Dockery and Son
- Ted Hughes, The Horses, An Otter, Wodwo, A Childish Prank, Crow's First Lesson, Crow and the Birds, Emily Bronte, Birth of a Rainbow, Tiger Psalm
- Heaney, Death of a Naturalist, Churning Day, Anahorish, The Tollund Man, Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication, Funeral Rites, The Otter, The Harvest Bow
Texts and Criticism
Most of the poems listed in the poetry section may be found in editions published by Macmillan (Yeats), J. M. Dent (D. Thomas) or Faber (all the others). In some cases, as not all the titles can be located in the above editions, you may find the following anthologies also useful:
- Gardner, Helen, ed., The New Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford, 1972.
- Skelton, Robin, ed., Poetry of the Thirties. Harmondsworth, 1964.
- Morrison, Blake & Motion, Andrew, eds., The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry. Harmondsworth, 1982.
Thefollowing comprehensive treatments of the subject or aspects of it
will also provide information and guidance:
- Báti László
and Kristó Nagy István, szerk., Az angol irodalom a
huszadik században. Budapest, 1972.
- Bradbury, Malcolm,
The Modern British Novel. London, 1993.
- Davie, Donald, Under Briggflatts: A History of Poetry in Great Britain, 1960-1988. Manchester, 1989.
- Dietrich, Richard F., British Drama, 1890-1950: A CriticalHistory. Boston MA, 1989.
- Esslin, Martin, The Theatre of the Absurd. Harmondsworth, 1968 (1961).
- Ford, Boris, ed. The New Pelican Guide to English Literature. Vols. 7-8. Harmondsworth, 1983.
- Hamilton, Ian, ed., The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry. Oxford, 1994.
- Innes, Christopher, Modern British Drama, 1890-1990. Cambridge, 1992.
- Karl, Frederick R., A Reader's Guide to the ContemporaryEnglish Novel. London, 1972 (1961).
- Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry. 2 vols. Cambridge MA, 1976 and 1987 respectively.
- Shellard, Dominic, Briitish Theatre Since The War. New Haven, 1999.
- Stevenson, Randall, Modernist Fiction: An Introduction. New York, 1992.
- Stewart, J. I. M., Eight Modern Writers. Oxford, 1963. Vol. 12 of the Oxford History of English Literature.
- Taylor, D. J., After the War: The Novel and English Society since 1945. London, 1993.
- Taylor, John Russell, Anger and After: A Guide to the New British Drama. London, 1962.
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