AJL14104 English Literature 1920-2020: Late Modernism and After

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Kačer, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Kačer, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( AJ01002 Practical English II || AJL01002 Practical English II ) && AJL04003 Intro. to Literary Studies II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/40, only registered: 0/40, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/40
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Course objectives
This course will engage various texts and contexts of the 20th-21st Centuries' English literature, from the Modernist movement, Refelections of WWII, Notions of Nation and Race in the post-colonial context, feminist writings, New Historical writing, and emerging voices. Among covered authors, there are: Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, G. Orwell, G. Greene, W. Auden, D. Thomas, S. Beckett, S. Rushdie, H. Kureishi, B. Evaristo, D. Nagra, P. Larkin, D. Lessing, T. Gunn, D. Walcott, T. Stoppard, S. Heaney, C. A. Duffy, F. Weldon, D, Lessing, I. McEwan, H. Mantel, K. Ishiguro, Z. Smith, and C. N. Adichie. Special attention will be paid to how various literary and visual forms are employed for biographical, political, social, cultural, and religious ends. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to discuss the writing of others with sensitivity and appreciation; have an understanding of the contexts of modern English literature; and be familiar with the key writers and their texts.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
- analyze a work of literature from the time period;
- know distinctive features of Modernist, post-colonial, feminist, and post-modernist writing and culture;
- distinguish representative writers in English of the last 100 years;
- discuss the role of historical events, scientific development and cultural changes in the literary development of 20th and 21st centuries.
  • High Modernism;
    Refelections of WWII;
    Notions of Nation and Race;
    Post-colonial writing;
    Angry Young Men movement;
    Neo Victorianism;
    Emerging voices.
  • The Norton anthology of English literature. Edited by Jahan Ramazani - Stephen Greenblatt. Tenth edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2018, xxix, 1262. ISBN 9780393603071. info
Teaching methods
One 2-hour seminar per week, including a class discussion, interpretative reading, and reflective writing.
Assessment methods
Reflective writing (four short-answer, in-class tests) - 40%; class discussion - 10%; written exam - 50%.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2024.
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