University of Toronto

Department of English

ENG328Y: Fiction 1900-1960

Instructor: Melba Cuddy-Keane

Office: Rm. 2103, 7 King's College Circle

Course Time: Tuesday 3-5; Thursday 3-4

Telephone: 416-978-3191


Location: TBA

Assistant: TBA

Email: tba

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: For 2007-08, this section of ENG328 will continue to be part of a pilot project to enhance the undergraduate experience through tutorials in upper level courses. For 16 of the 26 weeks of this academic year, the class will meet for one hour a week in tutorial groups of approximately 23 students each, in place of the lecture hour on Thursdays. At the beginning of the course, students will be assigned to a tutorial group at one the following hours: R12 or R2 or R3.

Course Description (L0301; 2007-2008)
The early twentieth century was a period of radical innovation in fiction, leading both to the development of the "modernist" novel and to new ways of employing traditional realism. We will look closely at the style and technique of twelve works, exploring as well the relation between narrative form and cultural change. Aspects to be considered include: new theories of perception, the unconscious, and knowledge; changing constructions of both individual and communal identity; critiques of nationalism and imperialism; the problem of ethical choice in a relative universe; new paradigms of understanding in history, science and psychology; transgressive border crossings within the self, and between self and other. Some consideration will be given to the novelists' own writings about the nature of fiction.


Books are available at the Bob Miller Bookroom (180 Bloor Street West, between Bedford and Avenue Rd.). Please use the editions specified.

First Term (in order of class discussion):
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer. Bantam.
James, Henry. "In the Cage." Available from the instructor in Adobe Acrobat or photocopy.
Forster, E. M. Howards End. Penguin Classics.
Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. Oxford World Classics
Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier. Broadview.
Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Penguin Classics.

Second Term:
Forster, E. M. A Passage to India. Penguin Classics.
Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. Penguin Classics
Cather, Willa. Death Comes for the Archbishop. Vintage.
Bowen, Elizabeth. The Heat of the Day. Random House (Anchor Books).
two or three more works TBA

Method of Evaluation: a major essay each term, a first term in-class test, a final 2-hour exam, participation and short assignments

On-Line Writing Resources:

Writing Centres:
Writing Courses:
How Not to Plagiarize:
Standard Documentation Formats:
Resources for University Writing (guides, tips, advice; links to about 50 files):

Links to Modernism Sites:

Some characteristics of modernism (M. Cuddy-Keane)
An Historical Compilation of Definitions/Representations of Modernism (compiled by M. Cuddy-Keane)
Contextualizing Modernism: Modernism and Postmodernism (from Ihab Hassan))
Contextualizing Modernism:
Modernism and the Victorians (compiled by M. Cuddy-Keane)
An Essay on
Modernism and the Modern Novel (from The Electronic Labyrinth)