All secondary readings are posted here at least one week prior to class meeting.

Unit One: World War I and the Woman’s Voice

Week 1 (8/25)
Read Appendix B: World War I Poetry
Read Appendix E: W.H.R. Rivers “The Repression of War Experience”
Read Appendix F: Thorstein Veblen “The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)”

For fun and for semi-accurate context, screen Suffragette (2015) [dir. Sarah Gavron] and Testament of Youth (2014) [dir. James Kent]

Week 2 (9/1)
Rebecca West Return of the Solider (read Introduction and full text)
West’s journalism “Woman Worship” and “Hands that War” in Appendix C

  1. Linett, Maren. “Involuntary Cure: Rebecca West’s The Return Of The Soldier.” Disability Studies Quarterly 33.1 (2013): MLA International Bibliography. Web. 22 Aug. 2014.
  2. Baudrillard, Jean. “The System of Collecting.”The Cultures of Collecting. ed. John Elsner and Roger Cardinal. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1994.

Week 3 (9/8)
Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway

  1. Felski, Rita. “Myths of the Modern” (skim) and “Modernity and Feminism” (read in full). The Gender of Modernity. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1995. (pdf via BB announcement)
  2. Hite, Molly. “Tonal Cues and Uncertain Values: Affect and Ethics in Mrs. Dalloway” Narrative 18.3 (2010): 249–275.

Week 4 (9/15)
Strong Sisters @Lindou 7pm. Strong Sisters: Elected Women of Colorado is a documentary film made by Coloradans, Meg Froelich and Laura Hoeppner, who will be visiting UNC for the screening and a Q&A. The screening is hosted by IFS. It is your civic duty as a voter in Colorado to attend this screening (yes, this means ‘mandatory’).

Week 5 (9/22)
Sylvia Townsend Warner Lolly Willows

  1. Grosz, Elizabeth. “Art and the Animal.” Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. 169-86. (pdf on Blackboard)
  2. Felski, Rita. “Myths of the Modern” (skim) and “Modernity and Feminism” (read in full). The Gender of Modernity. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1995. (we’ll return to this piece)
  3. Winick, Mimi. “Modernist Feminist Witchcraft: Margaret Murray’s Fantastic Scholarship and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Realist Fantasy.” Modernism/modernity 22.3 (2015): 565–592. Web.

Unit Two: Boredom in the Suburbs and the Seduction of Fascism

Week 6 (9/29)
Stevie Smith Novel on Yellow Paper

  1. Bluemel, Kristin. “‘Suburbs Are Not So Bad I Think’: Stevie Smith’s Problem Of Place In 1930S And ’40S London.” Iowa Journal Of Cultural Studies 3.(2003): 96-114. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 21 Sept. 2014.
  2. Garrity, Jane. “Found And Lost: The Politics Of Modernist Recovery.” Modernism/Modernity 15.4 (2008): 803-812. MLA International Bibliography. Web.

Week 7 (10/6)
Katharine Burdekin Swastika Night

  1. Holden, Kate. “Formations Of Discipline And Manliness: Culture, Politics And 1930’S Women’s Writing.” Journal Of Gender Studies 8.2 (1999): 141-157. MLA International Bibliography. Web.
  2. Williams, Keith. “Back from the Future: Katharine Burdekin and Science Fiction in the 1930s.” Women Writers of the 1930s: Gender Politics, and History. Ed. Maroula Joannou. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1999. pp.151-164. (pdf on BB)

Week 8 (10/13)
Marghanita Laski To Bed with Grand Music

  1. Adolph, Andrea. “”at Least I Get My Dinners Free”: Transgressive Dining in Marghanita Laski’s to Bed with Grand Music.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 59, no. 2, 2013., pp. 395-415.
  2. BombSight: Mapping the WWII Bomb Census (Take a look through this Digital Humanities project and come to class prepared to talk about this project’s goals and use-values for research on Laski and the period she documents.)

Week 9 (10/20)
Graham Greene The Third Man + Screen the film of the same title directed by Carol Reed (1949)
Secondary: None

Unit Three: “What is the meaning of Brexit?” Post-War Britain’s Challenge to Racial Homogeneity

Week 10 (10/27)–paper topic due–be able to say some concrete things, even a proposed argument, aloud in class.
Dick Hebdige Subculture: The Meaning of Style + Colin MacInnes Absolute Beginners (read the first 20 pages, or so, just to get a sense of the style)
No secondary sources this week.

Week 11 (11/3)
Colin MacInnes Absolute Beginners + Screen the film of the same title, starring David Bowie, directed by Julien Temple (1986)

  1. Derdiger, P. “To Drag Out a Rough Poetry: Colin MacInnes and the New Brutalism in Postwar Britain.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 62 no. 1, 2016, pp. 53-69. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/mfs.2016.0011.
  2. Hall, Stuart. “The Emergence Of Cultural Studies And The Crisis Of The Humanities.” October 53.(1990): 11-23. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 20 Oct. 2016.

Week 12 (11/10) [GWFF all week! Click link for schedule of screenings.]
Buchi Emecheta Second Class Citizen

  1. Enoch Powell The “Rivers of Blood” Speech delivered April 20, 1968. [Read this first. We’ll discuss its rhetoric to frame our discussion.]
  2. Emecheta, Buchi. “Feminism With A Small ‘F’!.” African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory. 551-557. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 20 Oct. 2016.(Pdf on BB)
  3. Husain, Kasim. “Towards Socialism With A Small ‘S’: Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen And The Reconsideration Of Welfare State Nostalgia.” Postcolonial Text 8.2 (2013): MLA International Bibliography. Web. 20 Oct. 2016.

Week 13 (11/17)
Dr. Cornish @MSA
Screen and discuss This is England Dir. Shane Meadows + Get started on Zadie Smith’s White Teeth
You’ll meet during regular scheduled class time to discuss the film.

Week 14 (11/24) (Thanksgiving)

Week 15 (12/1)
Zadie Smith White Teeth
Conference-style presentations (1 panel of 3)

Week 16 (12/8)
Conference-style presentations (2 panels of 3) + holiday fête

Papers due Saturday 12/10 by 9am.