Spring 2019 - ENGL 436W D100

Topics in Literature of Transition (Inactive) (4)

Class Number: 1674

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 2120, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 300 division English courses. Strongly recommended: one of ENGL 330, 340, 347, or 354. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students.



Examines changes in society, culture and literature in the transition from the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century, through a selection of works in a variety of genres and media from diverse geopolitical regions organized by various critical issues and approaches. The course may be repeated for credit if different topic is taught. Students with credit for ENGL 336 or ENGL 436 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


Protest, turbulence, uncertainty. These three words characterize the always dramatic, and sometimes violent, clash between old and new that erupted in Britain and its global empire at the previous turn of the century, a turn most notable for its many twists. This is a time when British society became fractured and split to a degree rarely witnessed before. Conventional middle class values and assumptions were challenged in unprecedented ways by such developments as the new hedonism in art and literature, the emergence of the New Woman with her demands for sexual and social autonomy, struggles between intense imperialist and anti-imperialist sentiment, and rapid expansion of literacy and mass media along with new inventions in communications technology, such as the typewriter, telephone, phonograph and film. This course will examine a selection of novels, short stories and poetry that struggle to make sense of the accelerated transformations in British culture and society during this exciting historical moment. Through a variety of texts set in Canada, Africa, India, and the UK, we will explore the multi-textured and often contradictory responses to empire, technological innovation, class conflict and gender politics. We will especially concern ourselves with the way this body of literature attempts to mediate the private individual’s relation to a complex and rapidly changing world conceived as global in scale. And we will connect these thematic concerns to changes in literary form, constructions of authorship and the reading public.


  • Participation 10%
  • Online Critical Responses 25%
  • Oral Presentation and Write Up 25%
  • Final Essay 40%


10% Participation
25% Online Critical Responses
25% Oral Presentation - 15% and Individual 800 word write up 15%
40% Final Essay - includes proposal, outline, and annotated bibliography



Olive Schreiner, Story of An African Farm. Broadview
ISBN: 9781551112862

Bram Stoker, Dracula. Broadview
ISBN: 9781551111360

Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book. Dover
ISBN: 978-048641024

Additional courseware will be available through Canvas: includes short stories by Charlotte Mew, George Egerton, Ella Hepworth Dixon, and E. Pauline Johnson as well as poetry and prose by Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Michael Field, Mary Coleridge, and selected Canadian poets.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

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- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

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