English (ENGL) 393

The Early Twentieth-Century English Novel (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212, or equivalent first year English course(s).

Precluded Course: ENGL 397

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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English 393: The Early Twentieth-Century English Novel focuses on the first four decades of the twentieth-century British novel, its history and development, its rich variety of forms and techniques, and the ideas and events that influenced it. The required reading does not aim to be exhaustive but acquaints students with some of the more important novelists of the period. Each novel in the course is read as an individual artistic work with its own formal integrity, as part of the evolution of the literary genre of the novel, and as part of a larger social and intellectual milieu.

Note: Since this is a senior course, we expect students to have good reading and writing skills as well as the basic critical tools and knowledge of literary forms and techniques that are acquired in an introductory university English literature course such as Athabasca University’s English 211 and 212. Students who do not have the recommended credits in an introductory English literature course may experience significant difficulty with the assignments and examination.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Modernism and Narratology
  • Unit 2: Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock
  • Unit 3: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway
  • Unit 4: James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Unit 5: Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent
  • Unit 6: D. H. Lawrence’s The Man Who Died
  • Unit 7: Introduction to Empire
  • Unit 8: E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India
  • Unit 9: George Orwell’s Burmese Days


To receive credit for ENGL 393, you must complete both of the assignments and receive an overall course grade of 50 percent or more, including a passing grade of at least 50 percent on the final exam. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 20%
Essay 30%
Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Conrad, Joseph. The Secret Agent

Forster, E. M. A Passage to India

Greene, Graham. Brighton Rock

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Lawrence, D. H. The Man Who Died

Orwell, George. Burmese Days

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs Dalloway

Other materials

All other course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 393 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, October 30, 2015.