English 1300 A09

Literature since 1900



Welcome to the web page for English 1300 A09.  This page will serve as a supplement to the course outline that was handed out at the beginning of class. If you have lost your course outline, you can find a copy of it here.


News and announcements

Please check this space for updates to our class reading schedule and announcements about events, assignments and resources for further study.


Resources and links

Purdue Online Writing Lab.

This website is an invaluable companion for writers of research essays.  Check out their sections on "The Writing Process" and "Academic Writing" as well as their clear explanations of how to avoid common grammar mistakes.  The OWL also has excellent advice on how to format your essay in MLA style.


This website contains many excellent poems, contemporary and historical, plus good biographies of poets.  Several of our readings in the class are from this website.


With daily poem updates, plus classic poems from the past, this website is a great way to explore the possibilities of poetry.

centre for creative writing and oral culture

This U of M research centre has resources for creative writers, such as a workshop and a writer-in-residence (this year's resident writer is poet Jordan Abel). 


Reading Schedule for Term 2

Jan       9          Raymond Carver, “Cathedral” (Broadview 140); Alice Munro, “Friend of My

                         Youth” (Broadview 115).


            16        Sharon Pollock, Blood Relations (Broadview 382).


            23        Blood Relations, continued.  Sylvia Plath, “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus”

                        (Broadview 704).


            30        Eden Robinson, “Terminal Avenue” (Broadview 202); Marilyn Dumont, “Not

                        Just a Platform for My Dance” and “The White Judges” (Broadview 765);

                        Thomas King, “A Short History of Indians in Canada” (Broadview, 157)


Feb      6          Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves.  


            13        The Marrow Thieves, continued.  Joy Harjo, “Perhaps the World Ends Here” and

                        “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings,” both at poetryfoundation.org.  OUT OF

                    CLASS ESSAY #2 DUE.


            20        February Break--No Class


            27        Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.


March  6          Curious Incident, continued.


            13        Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (Broadview 90); Alistair

                        MacLeod, “As Birds Bring forth the Sun” (Broadview 133).


            20        Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis.


            27        The Complete Persepolis, continued.  Adrienne Rich, “Diving into the Wreck”

                        (Broadview 695).  


April    3          John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (Broadview 560); Patricia Lockwood, “The

                         Ode on a Grecian Urn” (Poetryfoundation.org); Carolyn Forché, “The Colonel”

                        (Poetryfoundation.org).  OUT OF CLASS ESSAY #3 DUE.



Reading Schedule for Term 1


September    12        Introduction:  literary movements, genre, and literary analysis.

                                     Shayne Koyczan, "This is my voice" (youtube video here);  Elizabeth Bishop,

                                     "In the Waiting Room" (pdf available here); Wanda Coleman, "Wanda Why

                                     Aren't You Dead" (text and audio recording here).


                        19        Modernism:  the shock of the new. W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”

                                    (Broadview); Guillaume Apollinaire, “Du cotton dans les oreilles”

                                    (here); “The Futurist Manifesto” (here), Gertrude Stein, excerpt

                                    from Tender Buttons (here).


                        26        Short fiction:  epiphanies and innuendoes.  Mansfield, “The Garden

                                    Party”; Joyce, “Araby”; Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants”

                                    (all Broadview).  [The Hemingway story is also available here.]


October           3          Terror, philosophy, technology.  Conrad, The Secret Agent


                         10        The Secret Agent, continued.


                         17        In-class essay (first 70 minutes of class).  Second part of class: Charlie

                                       Chaplin, Modern Times.  Film available on youtube here.

                                       Students are expected to have watched the film before class.


                        24        Image and poetic form.  Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow” and “This is

                                    Just to say”; Pound, “In a Station of the Metro” (Broadview); Marianne

                                    Moore, “The Mind is an Enchanting Thing” (handout)


                        31        Staging postwar trauma. Beckett, Waiting for Godot.


November       7          Waiting for Godot, continued.


                        14        Personal voices:  nonfiction.  Hurston, “How it Feels to Be Colored Me”;

                                    Woolf, “Death of the Moth”; Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant” (all



                        21        Gender and/as experimental form.  Wilson, Swamp Angel


                        28        Swamp Angel, continued.


December        5        Poetry and performance.  Class visit by Jordan Abel.  Audio recordings

                                    by bpNichol.  Shayne Koyczan, “To this Day” video, available on youtube here

                                  Term paper due today.