Spring 2019 - ENGL 340 D100

Studies in Twentieth Century British Literature before 1945 (4)

Class Number: 1668

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3517, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Mary Ann Gillies
    Office: AQ6145
    Office Hours: Tues and Thurs 1-2 and by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.



The study of selected works of British literature written from 1900 to 1945. May be organized by various critical issues or approaches. Students with credit for ENGL 415 may not take this course for further credit.


The Thirties

The 1930s were a turbulent time: economic depression, political instability, the rise of fascism, the advent of the New Left, and the Spanish Civil War are all markers of enormous change.  British writers responded to the turmoil surrounding them in various ways; however, their literature is marked by its energy, its questioning of the status quo, and its formal experiments.  In this course we will read 5 novels that showcase the variety of fiction produced in Britain in the ’30s. Our object is to discover the ways in which the writers used the novel form to deal with the political, cultural, and aesthetic challenges they faced.



Seminar Presentation                                           15%
First Essay (5 pages)                                            15%
Reading Quizzes                                                  10%   
Mid Term Exam                                                   20%
Research Essay (10 pages)                                   40%



Daphne DuMaurier    Rebecca   Harper Collins

Winifred Holtby South Riding Virago

Christopher Isherwood Berlin Stories New Directions

George Orwell Road to Wigan Pier  Penguin Modern Classics

Virginia Woolf Between the Acts Oxford World's Classics

Additional Readings will be placed on Canvas

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