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Eng 461: Seminar in Lit: Gender Divides in The Modern Novel

Professor Susan Hahn

In this class we will read 8-10 “classic” novels of the early 20th century.  We will examine how these novels portray and explore conventions about gender and sex; masculinity and femininity, and some of the related social questions about the limitations and new-found freedoms for men and women around the turn of the twentieth century.   The novels may include some of the following: Thomas Hardy,  Jude the Obscure and Tess of the d'Urbervilles; D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Women in Love, and The Rainbow; F Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night; Henry James, Portrait of a Lady; Ernest Hemingway:  The Sun Also Rises and a Farewell to Arms; Willa Cather:  My Antonia and A Lost Lady; Ellen Glasgow, Barren Ground.