Modernist experimentalism and short fiction; form and theme; story-telling and characterization; memory, history, and temporality




This course will help students to develop literary analytical skills. It aims to enlarge students’ understanding of the significance of modernist writers’ experiments with narrative form. Through close reading and analysis of a wide range of modern short fictions in light of both historical contexts and critical works, it will enable students to examine the complex relationship between narrative structures and common thematic concerns in modernist writings.




The class will meet for lecture and general discussion on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:20pm. Tutorial groups will meet in the third hour.  The class will be divided into two tutorial groups. We will focus on close reading and literary analytical skills in these tutorial sessions.  Short quizzes based on the reading materials will be conducted over the course of the semester to help students pace themselves.




Class and Tutorial Attendance and Participation – 15%
Term Paper 1 – 40%
Term Paper 2 – 45%




Selections from Eric Henderson and Geoff Hancock, ed., Short Fiction and Critical Contexts: A Compact Reader (2010)

Preliminary short fictions:

Virginia Woolf: “Kew Gardens”
Katherine Mansfield: “The Garden Party”
James Joyce, “The Dead”
E. M. Forster, “The Machine Stops”
D. H. Lawrence, “Tickets Please”
Franz Kafka, “The Great Wall of China”
Marcel Proust, “Regrets, Reveries the Color of Time”



Last updated: 8 March 2017