Modern Fiction

Two portraits of an old man on the left and a woman wearing a hair bun on the right.

This course takes a journey in modern fiction from Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) to Virginia Woolf (1882–1941). (Image courtesy of for the left image and Pedro Villarrubia for the right on Flickr. cc: by-nc-sa)


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Fall 2015



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Tradition and innovation in representative fiction of the early modern period. Recurring themes include the role of the artist in the modern period; the representation of psychological and sexual experience; and the virtues (and defects) of the aggressively experimental character. Works by Conrad, Kipling, Babel, Kafka, James, Lawrence, Mann, Ford Madox Ford, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, and Nabokov.

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James Buzard. 21L.485 Modern Fiction. Fall 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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