Tuesday / Thursday: 10:30-11:50 am (Vollum 126)
Michael Mirabile

Course Description

This course examines the British novel from approximately 1890 to 1940. We will study the emergence and development of the modern novel in light of empire, war, feminism, gender, psychoanalysis, avant-garde movements, mass culture, and theories of the novel. We will also consider the significance of innovative literary techniques such as point of view, impressionism, stream of consciousness, and authorial impersonality.

Required Texts (at Reed Bookstore):

Henry James, What Maisie Knew (Penguin)
James Joyce, Dubliners (Penguin)
Jean Rhys, After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie (Norton)
Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (Vintage)
Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier (Penguin)
Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear (Penguin)
D. H. Lawrence, The Fox (Hesperus)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Harcourt Brace)
E. M. Forster, A Passage to India (Harcourt Brace)
Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim (Penguin)


*Regular attendance; *regular participation in conference discussion; 2 papers (5-7 pp. and 7-10 pp.); 1 short (2 pp.) written assignment (to be explained); 2 in-class presentations (to be explained).

*Class meetings are conceived as open discussions.  Thus the single most important student contribution to the course is participation, consisting of regular preparation for (i.e., keeping up with the readings) and regular involvement (i.e., coming to class with something to say) in conference discussions with classmates about reading assignments.  Needless to say, regular attendance is required for full participation.

In-Class Presentations

You are responsible for 2 in-class presentations (one for the first half of the semester; one for the second half of the semester)—though “presentations” is somewhat misleading.  Basically, you are asked to indicate a particular passage or section of text—or perhaps a general topic or theme—upon which you would like the conference discussion to focus.  During conference I will ask you to explain why you chose this particular passage or topic and to pose a follow-up question or two to the class.   

*You are to post the passage or topic by e-mail to the class by 12:00 noon of the day before the class meeting for which your presentation is scheduled. 

Office Hours, etc.

Wednesday: 3:00 - 5:00 (Vollum 317); or by appointment. 
phone: x-7432; e-mail: mirabilm@reed.edu