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Topic 15: English literature in the twentieth century

    Fiction

  1. The Experimental Novel: James and Conrad
  2. The Experimental Novel: Joyce and Woolf
  3. Tradition and Modernity: Wells, Bennett, Forster, Lawrence
  4. Fiction and Society in Mid-Century: Huxley, Waugh, Greene, Orwell
  5. The Reaction against Experiment in Post-War English Fiction: Amis, Braine, Sillitoe
  6. Fiction, Philosophy and the Postmodern: Murdoch, Golding, Fowles
  7. Drama

  8. The Renewal of English Drama: Wilde and Shaw; Eliot and poetic drama
  9. Irish Drama: Yeats, Synge, O'Casey
  10. Drama after the War: Beckett and Pinter; Osborne and Wesker
  11. Poetry

  12. Modernism in Poetry: Yeats and Eliot
  13. The Auden Generation and After: Auden, MacNeice, Spender, Dylan Thomas
  14. Some Representative Post-War Poets: Larkin, Ted Hughes, Heaney

Required Reading

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:

Thefollowing comprehensive treatments of the subject or aspects of it will also provide information and guidance:


last edited on Tue Dec 31 23:00:00 CET 2002, by peter.szigetvari@elte.hu