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English 110

20th Century Poetry and Fiction

Length of Course: One semester (14 weeks)

Classroom Hours per Week:  4 classroom hours per week (a mixture of lecture and seminar)

Number of Credit Units: 3 credits

Prerequisite: English 12 with a C+ or higher, or English 100 with a C or higher, or English 101

Description of Course

English 110 is the study of twentieth-century poetry and short fiction and of the principles and practice of expository composition. A student will learn to read with a knowledgeable awareness of the relation of technique and form to meaning. Through immersion in the best of Western literature, and through the expression of interpretative and evaluative responses, a student will move toward cultural literacy and the ideal of universal public discourse.

Written Assignments:  Students will complete three written assignments (of about 600 words each) and one longer take-home essay (of about 1500 words)


Written assignments 60%
Presentation 10%
Participation and Attendance 5%
Final Examination 25%


Ann Charters. The Story and Its Writer. (6th edition). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Gary Geddes. Twentieth Century Poetry & Poetics. Oxford.




Steve Barnes, B.Sc. (Alberta), M.A. (British Columbia)
Zeferino Cabrita, B.A., B.F.A., M.A. (British Columbia)
Dilek Cansin, B.A. (Macalester College), M.A. (British Columbia) dcansin@columbiacollege.bc.
Debra Clarke, B.Sc., M.A., TESL Cert (British Columbia)
Leah Kaser, B.A. (British Columbia), M.Ed. (Lesley College)
Angela Lavery, B.A., B.Ed., (Toronto), M.A. (British Columbia)
Nicola Maher, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Sussex)
Leslie Mercer, B.A.(British Columbia), M.A. (University College Dublin)
Denis Roberts, B.A., P.D.P., M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Jim Smith, B.Ed., M.Ed. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Gary Swanson, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (British Columbia)
Julie Karey, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)