Spring 2019 - ENGL 440W E100

Topics in British Literature Post 1945 (4)

Class Number: 8448

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 5006, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ENGL 342. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students.



The intensive study of selected works of British literature written after 1945. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. Students with credit for ENGL 440 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


Narrating Terror
The events of September 11 produced a proliferation of narratives about terror, in images and words, yet many writers and filmmakers subsequently confessed to feeling unable to represent these events in fictional form. What is the relationship between terror and the stories about terror that we read or spectacles of violence that we witness? Is terror itself a form of narrative or communication? This course will study specific narratives of terror in order to think about the links between narrative and terror more broadly. We will explore terror, spectacle and narrative through the analysis of a series of postwar British novels, plays, and films—The Crying Game, Elephant, V for Vendetta, and The Road to Guantánamo—that narrate terror and raise self-reflexive questions about the relationship between terror and narrative. The course will be structured around three case studies of different moments of terrorism: fin-de-siècle European anarchism; Northern Ireland after 1970; and September 11. We will draw on critical and theoretical readings (as narratives of terror themselves) in order to contextualize and historicize the fiction, drama and film, as well as to help us think critically about the relationship between terror and narrative.


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation (including 4-5 page written report) 20%
  • Two short pages (3 pages each) 20%
  • Paper proposal and revision exercise 10%
  • Final paper (10-12 pages) 40%



Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent. Penguin.      

ISBN: 9780141441580

Martin McDonagh, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Dramatists Play Service.

ISBN: 9780822219347

Pat Barker, Double Vision. Picador.              

ISBN: 9780140270754

Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Random House.
ISBN: 9780385663458

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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