Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG329H1S L5101

ENG329H1S   L5101   M6-9
Contemporary British Fiction
Instructor:
Prof. S. Salih
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 832

Brief Description of Course: During this half-year course we will be studying novels by writers based in Britain whose work addresses notions of ‘Britishness’ through the medium of fictional history and, in the case of Sebald, via investigations into memory and memorializing. All of the novels on the syllabus are to some extent preoccupied with one or both of the world wars and the ways in which these events shaped ideas about nationality, national belonging and nationalism, preoccupations which continue into the present-day.

Required Reading: Pat Barker, Regeneration; Michael Roberts, Ignorance; Ian McKewan, Atonement; Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day; W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn. Subject to availability.

First Three Authors/Texts: Barker, Roberts, McEwan.

Method of evaluation: Essay abstract (25%); workshop (5%); essay (40%); end of term test (25%); self- assessment exercise (5%).

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