SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentJunior Class A, Department of English Junior Class B, Department of English
Course Name20th Century English Literature
InstructorYANG LI-MIN
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Plan of Study

2021 Spring

1st Week Introduction : The Modern Period

  1. Setting the Scene

  2. Novels

Part 1 Modern Fiction

2nd Week Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

“On the Western Circuit”

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Heart of Darkness

3rd Week E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

“The Other Boat”

James Joyce (1882-1941)

“The Dead”

4th Week Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

“Modern Fiction” and A Room of One’s Own

Part 2 Modern Poetry

5th Week W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

‘Leda and the Swan’

‘Among School Children’

6th Week T. S. Eliot

‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

7th Week The Waste Land

8th Week Midterm (15th April 2019)

Part 3 Theatre and Drama

9th Week Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Waiting for Godot

Part 4 The Contemporary Period

10th Week Introduction

  1. Setting the Scene

  2. Novels

11th Week Doris Lessing (1919-2013),

“To Room Nineteen”

12th Week V. S. Naipaul (1932-)

“One Out of Many”

13th Week Margaret Atwood (1939-)

“Death by Landscape”

Part 5 Poetry:

14th Week W.H. Auden (1907-1973)—Thirties Poets of England

“In Memory of W. B. Yeats”

‘In Praise of Limestone’

15th Week Philip Larkin (1922-1985)—the Movement

‘High Windows’

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’

16th Week Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)



Part 6 Theatre and Drama

17th Week Tom Stoppard (1937-)


18th Week Final


As well as class attendance and participation in class discussions, students are expected to spend around 6 hours previewing lesson and working on Q&A assignments.

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Course Requirements:

As well as class attendance and participation in class discussions, students are required to sit two exam papers.

General Operating Procedures:

  1. Lecturing

  2. Collaborative Learning and Class Discussion

  3. Working Group Q&A

Grading: Midterm: 30% Final: 30% Working Group: 20%

Class Participation and Attendance: 20%


Textbook & Reference

Textbook: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: II (tenth Edition)

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