Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG424H1F L0101

ENG424H1F   L0101   T11-1
Advanced Seminar Group 2: The Works Sinclair Ross
Instructor: Prof. J. O'Connor

Office Location: St. Michael's College, Car Hall, Room 317 

Brief Description of Course: This section of English 424F will look closely at the complete works of Sinclair Ross: the four novels, the two collections of stories, occasional essays, and letters. The course will consider these works chronologically, paying close attention to Ross’s increasing mastery of his craft, his experiments with narrative form (especially voice), continuity of theme, representations of prairie landscape, autobiographical contexts, and critical responses to his fiction.

Required Reading: The six books for this course have been ordered and are available at the Bob Miller Book Room, 180 Bloor Street West. With a few exceptions (individual stories), the texts will be studied in the following order:

The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories (New Canadian Library)
As For Me and My House (NCL)
The Race and Other Stories (University of Ottawa Press)
The Well (University of Alberta Press)
Whir of Gold (University of Alberta Press)
Sawbones Memorial (University of Alberta Press

Students are strongly encouraged to read as many of these texts as possible before the course begins.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: Informal lecture-discussions with active class participation; student seminars; one 1000 word book report (10%); one 5000 word major research paper (50%); one seminar presentation (15%); oral report on major paper (5%); class participation (20%).

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