Fall 2022 - WL 104W D100

Modern World Literatures (3)

Class Number: 7322

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby



Introduces ways of comparing modern world literatures across time and space. May explore topics such as revolution, technology, or existentialism. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


Not only did the global upheavals of the early 20th century upend the ways in which human nature was understood, but in that larger era of turbulent historical, technological, and cultural transformation, literature and art came to reflect new notions of human value and identity. As our first text implies, however, the “modernist” revolution in human nature was not entirely new – not least where Hamlet suggests how individual consciousness can appear as a force for change in modernity.

Pursued by that prince’s self-interrogating presence, and with much reference to painting and photography, we move on to Strindberg’s play on the fault lines of class, feminism, and the individual (Miss Julie 1888), Mu Shiying’s stream-of-consciousness Chinese short stories (1938), and Mulk Raj Anand’s novel concerning an outcaste youth in pre-independence India (Untouchable 1935). In order to consider how the moral “image” of the feminine carries ethical weight, we will also watch the famous 1930s Shanghai movie, The Goddess (神女), and discuss excerpts from the works of Anna Akhmatova and Clarice Lispector.


  • Introductory understanding of World Literature and Modernism as academic disciplines
  • Basic comprehension of terms and concepts of literary criticism
  • Ability to compare literary texts as social discourses across different cultural eras & media
  • Improved university writing ability with a focus on literary criticism
WL C104W is a “W” writing course, and skills learned across the term help students to craft arguments in all faculties. As per the W requirements, students receive appropriate feedback & response to their writing that is based on explicit criteria and is directed at improving the quality of their writing. At least half the grade is based on written work for which students receive feedback before submitting a revised version of their assignments.


  • Participation 15%
  • Short Essay + Revision (10% + 15%) 25%
  • Term Paper + Revision (20% + 15%) 35%
  • Final Exam 25%



Shakespeare, Hamlet (ONLINE - provided)

August Strindberg, Miss Julie & Other Plays, Oxford                 
ISBN: 978-0199538041

Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable, Penguin Classic  
ISBN: 978-0141393605

Mu Shiying, Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist, Hong Kong U 

ISBN: 978-9888208142

FILM   The Goddess 神女   (1934 Chinese Film - online)


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