Spring 2019 - ENGL 438W D100

Topics in Modernism (4)

Class Number: 1612

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 2120, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Mary Ann Gillies
    Office: AQ6145
    Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-2:00 and by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    Two 300 division English courses, with one of ENGL 340, 347, or 354 strongly recommended.



Addresses issues in Modernism. May include Canadian, British, American and other literatures. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. Students with credit for ENGL 338 or ENGL 348 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


Studies in Modernism: Katherine Mansfield and Her Circle

The life and writing of New Zealand expatriate Katherine Mansfield makes for a fascinating modernist case study. She was an exile from her homeland, a self proclaimed “little colonial” in London; an innovative short fiction writer in an era in which the experimental novel regained its preeminent position; an editor and reviewer working in the influential “little magazines” of the period; a woman writer in an era where women had more opportunities and challenges than ever before; and an artist who was deeply interested in contemporary continental philosophy, art, and literature. In this course, we will look at the various facets of her career and works, situating them (and her) within the context of Modernism, both Anglo-American and Global. We will read her works in dialogue with key predecessors and contemporaries: Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekov, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf.


  • Oral Presentation 15%
  • Response Papers (in class) 20%
  • Essay 1 (1500 words) 25%
  • Research Essay Proposal and Annotated Bibliography 10%
  • Essay 2 (3000 words) including submission of a draft and revisions 30%



  • Mansfield, Katherine.                 Selected Stories                                        Oxford Classics
ISBN: 9780199535989      
Additional readings including short stories by Checkov, Lawrence, Joyce and Woolf will be made available via Canvas.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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