Modern British Fiction
This course provides a survey of modern British fiction from its development early in the twentieth century, to its current achievements and trends. The course focuses on the work of six representative novelists and examines the way these writers perceive the world around them and how they construct their fiction. A close critical reading of six novels allows students to understand each work on its own terms, to place it in the context of each writer's full body of work, and, finally, to see in it reflections of the major themes of modern British fiction.
ENGL 1001 and ENGL 1011, or equivalents
Students with credit for ENGL 4040 or UBC ENGL 414 may not take this course for further credit.
The primary response to a work of literature is the direct experience of it. Analysis and criticism serve to provide the tools and the information necessary to make that experience more complete. In specific terms, after completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Trace the broad developments in the British novel during the twentieth century.
- Identify and account for some of the concerns of modern novelists.
- Identify some of the changes in the forms of modern fiction.
- Demonstrate a capacity for a close critical reading of a literary text.
- Communicate clearly, in writing, an informed response to that text.
In addition to a brief introduction and summary, the course is organized into six instructional units:
- Unit 1: Sons and Lovers
- Unit 2: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
- Unit 3: To the Lighthouse
- Unit 4: The French Lieutenant's Woman
- Unit 5: London Fields
- Unit 6: White Teeth
Maximum Completion30 weeks.
Required Text and Materials
Students will receive all course materials in their course package.
- Amis, Martin. London Fields. New York: Vintage International, 1991.
Type: Novel ISBN: 9780679730347
- Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman. Back Bay Books Edition, 1998.
Type: Novel ISBN: 9780316291163
- Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Ed. John Paul Riquelme. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007.
Type: Novel ISBN: 9780393926798
- Lawrence, D. H. Sons and Lovers. Eds. Helen Baron and Carl Baron. London: Penguin Classics, 2006.
Type: Novel ISBN: 9780141441443
- Smith, Zadie. White Teeth. London: Penguin Books, 2001.
Type: Novel ISBN: 9780140276336
- Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. Ed. David Bradshaw. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Type: Novel ISBN: 9780192805607
Computer with Internet is required for this course. Refer to pages 104-105 or the TRU-OL website.
CD player is recommended.
Optional MaterialsTwo audio CD's are recommended for this course. They are not required, but students may find them helpful and interesting. The CD's, which are readings from James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and from Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, are available to borrow from TRU Library.
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50 % on the final mandatory examination and 50 % overall. It is recommended that students complete all assignments in order to achieve the learning outcomes of the course. The total mark will be determined on the following basis:
|Final examination *||40%|
Students must pass the final exam to receive a passing grade in the course.