Literature that Defined the 20th C
This course will discuss why certain literary works had a particular impact on the time in which they first appeared and helped to define and/or reflect the social questions and attitudes that prevailed then.
We shall discuss the works listed below, but hopefully, participants will also offer their own choices in addition to the given ones.
The course will take place every 2nd and 4th THURSDAY of a month at 10.00 am on ZOOM beginning on Thursday the 9th of September 2021.
The course will take about 10 months to a year to complete.
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List of literary works to be discussed:
1) 1984 and Animal Farm ( G. Orwell)
2) Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel (D.duMaurier)
3) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ( M.Spark) and To Sir With Love (E.R.Braithwaite)
and….Stoner (John Williams publ in 2013 but written in the 1960s )
4) Fahrenheit 451 ( R. Bradbury) and Flowers for Algernon (D.Keyes)
5) Lord of the Flies ( W. Golding) and Crooked House (A.Christie)
6) I Robot (A.Asimov) and Brave New World (A.Huxley)
7) The Good Earth (P.Buck) and A Suitable Boy (V.Seth)
8) Disgrace (J.M.Coetzee) and Things Fall Apart (C.Achebe)
9) The Talented Mr. Ripley (P.Highsmith) and Brighton Rock (G.Greeene)
10) The Colour Purple(A.Walker) and The Handmaid’s Tale (M.Atwood)
11) On the Road (J.Kerouac) and Breakfast of Champions (K.Vonnegut)
12) A quick dip into the plays of Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett
13) The poetry of TS Eliot
14) The Harry Potter phenomenon
15) Does He Take Sugar ? ( Ray Hirst) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
Night (Mark Haddon)
16) Suggested works by course participants.
17) Suggested works by course participants
18) Suggested works by course participants.
Everybody is welcome!