Summer 2019 - ENGL 207 J100

Twentieth Century Literatures in English (3)

Class Number: 4270

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SUR 3120, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 13, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SUR 5360, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses.



The study of twentieth century North American, British, and/or Post-colonial literatures. Breadth-Humanities.


Order & Disorder in 20th Century Fiction 

The twentieth century underwent rapid technological innovation, revolutionary scientific discoveries and suffered through two shattering world wars. These brought about equally deep changes in governance,  social life and the creative arts. We will explore some of the innovations and impulses of literary modernism as it breaks with the writing of the past and becomes more innovative, making it new, concerned with social change and shifting cultural values. Our survey includes three novels,  The Picture of Dorian GrayMrs Dalloway, and  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man;  a memoir,  Running in the Family plus selected short prose and poetry. The writers of these works challenge most of our expectations of literary art including our perceptions of form, setting, character, plot and the certainty of outcomes.  Toward the end of the century, critics had to develop theories of ‘postmodernity,’ ‘intertextuality’ and the ‘postcolonial’ to declare the end of modernism. To help us work through our survey we will, through lectures, seminar  presentations and two papers introduce you to the wide variety of innovation in twentieth century fiction.   


--Introduce you to innovations in 20th century fiction
--improve your performance in the seminar setting
--improve your writing of academic papers in modern English literature
--introduce you to research in literature
--find effective approaches to seminar presentations
--find best practices of preparing for examinations



Participation 10%
Paper 1, 6 pp, Week 6,  25%
Paper 2, 8 pp, Week 13, 30%
Presentation 10 %
Final Examination 25%



Oscar Wilde,  The Picture of Dorian Gray. 
Stephen Greenblatt, Gen Editor,  The Anthology of English Literature Volume F. WW Norton, 10th ed.
Michael Ondaatje, Running in the Family. 

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