Summer 2019 - ENGL 438W D100

Topics in Modernism (4)

Class Number: 4311

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    RCB 5100, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 300 division English courses, with one of ENGL 340, 347, or 354 strongly recommended. Reserved for English honours, major, joint major and minor students.



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


Studies in Modernism: 1922

In the preface to her 1936 collection of essays, Not Under Forty, Willa Cather famously said that “The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts.” Her comments underscore the importance of 1922, which is often cited as the landmark year for literary modernism. Major works published that year such as Joyce’s Ulysses and Eliot’s The Waste Land continue to fascinate and challenge readers and critics alike. In this course we will look at five major Anglo-American modernist texts that were published in 1922: we will read them in their social, historical and material contexts; and we will also examinine contemporary and current critical responses to them.


  • Oral Presentation 15%
  • Response Papers (in class) 20%
  • Essay 1 (1000 words) 25%
  • Research Essay Proposal and Annotated Bibliography 10%
  • Essay 2 (3000 words) including submission of a draft and revisions 30%



Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land and Other Poems Broadview
Joyce, James Ulysses Oxford World Classics
Mansfield, Katherine The Garden Party and Other Stories Penguin Modern Classics
McKay, Claude Harlem Shadows Kessinger Publishing
Woolf, Virginia Jacob's Room Penguin

There will also be required critical readings made available on Canvas

NB We will read selected chapters from Ulysses, not the whole text in this course. 

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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