Twentieth-Century Fiction I


Print readings are available at Barnes & Noble; you are free to acquire them elsewhere. I have given ISBN numbers of the editions I ordered so that you can search for the books on amazon or elsewhere. Other editions from reputable publishers are normally fine for study, but please e-mail me to make sure.

All books will also be available on reserve at Alexander Library.

Some reading selections will be available through the course Sakai site.

Many of our course texts can also be found in free online versions. In general the book versions are much preferable, but in some cases online texts can be acceptable (though usually worse for study). This matter will be discussed at the first class meeting; see also the explanatory page about online texts on the course website.

N.B. Clickable links to online texts are embedded in the PDF and website versions of this syllabus.

Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. London: Penguin, 1935. ISBN 9780140183955.

Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Trans. Willard R. Trask. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1953. Excerpt online on course website.

Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. New York: Norton, 2006. ISBN 9780811216715.

Bürger, Peter. Theory of the Avant-Garde. Trans. Michael Shaw. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1984. Excerpt on course website.

Casanova, Pascale. The World Republic of Letters. Trans. M.B. DeBevoise. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004. Excerpt on course website.

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Oxford ed. or in Youth: A Narrative; and Two Other Stories (online text). ISBN 9780199536016.

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. New York: Vintage, 1990. ISBN 9780679732259. Alternative edition: New York, Norton, 2009. ISBN 9780393931389.

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York: Scribner, 1996. ISBN 9780684822761. Excerpts.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. ISBN 9780061120060.

James, Henry. “The Art of Fiction.” In Major Stories & Essays. New York: Library of America, 1999. ISBN 9781883011758. Or online in Partial Portraits (Internet Archive).

James, Henry. “The Beast in the Jungle.” In Major Stories & Essays. Or online in The Better Sort (Internet Archive).

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Edited by Jeri Johnson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. The least bad (still very bad) free text is a Google Books scan of the 1918 printing of the Huebsch ed.

Narayan, R.K. Malgudi Days. New York: Penguin, 2006. ISBN 9780143039655. Selections. Or online on course website.

Sayers, Dorothy. Whose Body? Rpt. New York: Dover, 2009. ISBN 9780486473628.

Stein, Gertrude. “Melanctha.” In Three Lives. Rpt. New York: Dover, 1994. ISBN 9780486280592. Or online (Internet Archive).

Wilde, Oscar. “The Decay of Lying.” In Intentions. Online texts: Scan of early edition or Literature Online via Rutgers Library.

Wilson, Edmund. Axel’s Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870–1930. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. Excerpt on course website.

Woolf, Virginia. “Modern Fiction.” In The Common Reader. Text on course website.

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. San Diego: Harcourt, 1925. ISBN 9780156628709.