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ENGL 3060 Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors


Nicole McManus



This course examines twentieth century texts in order to explore issues that permeate modern and contemporary consciousness. We will cover a broad range of subjects, including issues such as national and imperial identity, gender and sexual identity, and race. We will examine how the chosen texts represent the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality, paying particular attention to how certain marginalized groups attempt to appropriate and revise those representations. Within this framework, we will consider how modernity has affected literature in the twentieth century and how the ideas and trends conceptualized during that period have evolved and changed into the twenty-first century.


Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness

Nella Larsen, Passing

Louis–Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Reader Response Journals (8): 15%

Discussions (8): 15%

Weekly Reading Quizzes: 15%

Final Exam: 15%

Papers (2): 40%

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