Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG140Y1Y L0101 F2-4, Tutorial F12 or F1*
Literature for Our Time
Professor Nick Mount

*Note: ENG140 tutorials do not begin until the third week of classes

Brief Description of Course: This course explores how recent literature in English responds to our world in poetry, prose, and drama. In the fall term we’ll visit some famous landmarks of early and mid-twentieth-century literature: London Bridge on a winter morning, a lighthouse off the west coast of Scotland, a sunlit living room in suburban New England, and a wave-washed beach in South America, among others. In the spring term, our guides will be closer to our own time, living writers and new books from our century. In both terms, emphases will include literature’s reasons for being, its formal qualities, historical context, relation to other media, and relevance to our moment in time.

Required Reading: T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems (Broadview); Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Broadview); Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (Grove); Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (Anchor); Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (Vintage); Gabriel García Márquez, Leaf Storm and Other Stories (Harper); Sylvia Plath, Ariel (Harper). Spring term. books TBA. All books will be available at the University of Toronto Bookstore, 214 College.

All books will be available at the University of Toronto Bookstore, 214 College Street.

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First Three Authors/Texts: Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and The Waste Land; Woolf, To the Lighthouse; Beckett, Waiting for Godot.

Method of Evaluation: In-class paragraph (5%), three 1,000-1,250 word essays (45%), tutorial participation (15%), three-hour exam (35%).

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