ENGL 266 English Literature: 20th-Century Writers • 5 Cr.


Surveys the major figures and movements of modern British literature. Authors and works vary, but typically include T.S. Eliot, Yeats, Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Auden, Thomas, Woolf, and Forster. Recommended: ENGL& 101 or ENGL 201 or a literature course in the 100 series.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • To learn the role of Twentieth-Century Literature in the larger history of English literature
  • To understand how the economic, social, political, and religious conditions of the 20th century affected poets, novelists, and writers of the time.
  • To understand and be able to use the terminology of literature and literary analysis
  • To become adept at the processes of analysis and synthesis, of your reading and in your writing.
  • To develop the skill of asking insightful questions of literature and examining the various responses.
  • To become comfortable with ambiguity and to move away from needing precise yes or no/black and white answers.
  • To develop oral presentation skills (individual and/or as part of a group).
  • To practice good group skills: how to give useful feedback, and how to make use of feedback you receive.
  • To develop self-assessment skills.
  • To improve inferential reading skills, using prose, drama, and poetry.