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Experimental Fiction - Anglophone I

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Optional M.A. Course

Special Programme in Critical & Cultural Theory

Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures

Time: Tue 10.50-12.20

Place: Room 34

The course will explore a range of British & American authors whose work—whether programmatically or not—has been described as "experimental", i.e. resistant towards the dominant mainstream poetics and mimesis, and continuing with the unfinished project of the historical avant-garde.

Departing from an introductory lecture on “modernism & the experience of/as experiment,” the course will consider how the modernist project of exploring the materiality of language as established in the early works of Gertrude Stein and James Joyce was pursued in the 1920s/30s and onwards.

The 19 authors (12 male, 7 female) covered include Djuna Barnes, Samuel Beckett, Jane Bowles, H.D., Lawrence Durrell, Ronald Firbank, James Joyce, John Hawkes, Rayner Heppenstall, Anna Kavan, Malcolm Lowry, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Flann O’Brien, Kenneth Patchen, Gertrude Stein, Stefan Themerson, Alexander Trocchi and Virginia Woolf.


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