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Odysseus' Scar: Time in Modern Literature and Film (EN3316)

Summer Reading List (2014-15)


Course Tutor: Prof. Tim Armstrong


Use the summer to get a start on primary texts and to think about time in literature: narrative time; the time of events; pacing and overlapping of time; the historical and personal experience of time. The most valuable single secondary text you might read is Stephen Kern, The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918 (1983), a sample of which is here. Also recommended is Mark Currie's About Time: narrative, fiction and the philosophy of time (2007), sample here


Some weeks are taught from handouts. Texts you may need to buy include:  

  • Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Penguin and other editions)**;
  • Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party and Other Stories (Penguin)*;
  • Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier (Virago);
  • Ford Maddox Ford, The Good Soldier (many editions: Norton is good)*;
  • William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (Vintage; or online). 

Henry James’s Selected Tales, ed. John Lyon (Penguin) is also recommended, but a handout of *‘The Jolly Corner’ will be available. There are library copies; and the Faulkner novella is also in the C20th volume of The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Copies can usually be found second-hand in bookshops and on the web (other editions are acceptable).


* = an etext is also available, from Project Gutenberg
** = an etext is also available on Project Gutenberg's Australian site


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