Spring 2022 - ENGL 433W D200

Seminar in British Literatures (4)

Class Number: 5442

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 6122, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Mary Ann Gillies
    Office: AQ 6145
    Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 1:00-200 and by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units or two 300 division English courses.



Advanced seminar in British literature. May be organized by author, genre, period, or critical approach. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. 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 Presentations 20%
  • Reflective Reading Journal Part 1 (3 @ 200 words each entry) 15%
  • Reflective Reading Journal Part 2 (3 @ 200 words each entry) 15%
  • First Essay (5-7 pages) 15%
  • Research Essay (10-12 pages) - including essay proposal and annotated bibliography 35%



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.

NB2 McKay's book is available as a free Kindle book

NB3 The other texts will be available from the SFU bookstore, though you may also find copies at local bookstores and online stores.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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