“Tout est construit” –Gaston Bachelard (La formation de l’esprit scientifique, 1934)

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of English in modernism, 20th-century studies, literary and cultural theory, and historical surveys of Anglophone literature. I have longstanding interests in active learning methods, research-supported best practices and effective instructional technologies. My undergraduate students have called me “a great instructor,” “very knowledgeable,” “energetic,” “approachable,” and said my courses have “great content” and are “thought provoking.” My teaching is built on a commitment to educational equity that provides a diverse body of university students with a climate of high expectation and useful scaffolding, asking students to take creativity-enhancing intellectual risks in response to challenging assignments. I welcome graduate projects in modernism, understood broadly, twentieth-century Anglophone literatures, postcolonial, cultural, and material studies, intersectional work in feminism, gender, race, and sexuality, and media and technology studies.

COVID-19 and our courses

Now that we know W2020 will begin online in the Bachelor of Arts program, I thought it would be helpful to share this information based on researched best practices which has recently been shared by UBCO University Relations colleague Paul Neufeld.



ENGL 365-001 Modernist Literature: Modernist Movements  syllabus 365 001 1W2020
ENGL 539 Studies in the Twentieth Century: Modernism and the Minor  syllabus 539B 002 1W2020

ENGL 211-001 Seminar for English Honours: Introduction to Literary and Critical Theory
Term 2

MWF, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This problem- and play-based approach to general literary and critical theory studies what counts as knowledge, and why do we think so, how we find meaning and where, how humans adapt, respond, and resist in the face of changing conditions in the world, and how we have determined communication and interpretation. You might think of critical theory as consisting in the arguments which justify the work of the arts and humanities, and expose the measure of their worth. It asks what function critics and creatively-thinking theorists play in the processes by which a society reproduces itself, and how to advocate most effectively for those in the world who face social and political barriers to thriving and flourishing.

We will read and discuss a rich selection of short fiction and poems in conjunction with narrative theory, ecocriticism, studies in media and communication, critical race theory, feminist literary criticism/gender studies/queer theory, old and new materialisms, studies in the workings of the mind and psychoanalysis, decoloniality, post/structuralism, and cultural theory.

Depending on public health conditions, this course experience may include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous discussions, a research paper, a brief solo presentation, and other text-based forum and assignment work.

syllabus ENGL 211 001 2W2020 Paltin

ENGL 377-001 World Literature and Social Movements: Democracy in the Writerly Imagination
Term 2
MWF, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

This course places world literature next to complex, diverse social movements, with their internal tensions and contradictions, and their uneasy relationship with the popular as a category and the people as a formation. The course looks at literary writing as an imaginative exercise in expressing democratic social change and utopian desire, which cohabits alongside popular and crowd-based movements for instantiating those demands.

Readings will depend on availability but may include fiction, poetry, and drama by Henrik Ibsen, Mulk Raj Anand, Bapsi Sidhwa, J. Coetzee, Wole Soyinka, Seamus Heaney, Jean Rhys, Etel Adnan, Ahmed Saadawi, Sam Selvon, and critical work from Said, Shih, Walkowitz, Hooks, Huyssens, Singh, Spivak.

syllabus 377 2W2020


ENGL 110 Approaches to Literature: Speculative Societies and Possible Worlds: syllabus 110 1W2019

ENGL 224 World Literature in English: Near and Far: syllabus 224 1W2019

ENGL 365 Modernist Literature: Modernist Movements: syllabus 365 001 2W2019

ENGL 491C Senior Honours Seminar Lit: Books and Friendship: syllabus 491H 003 2W2019


ENGL 100:  Fantasy, Satire, and Play: Syllabus 100-005 1W2018

ENGL 365: Aesthetic Modernism: ENGL 365 1W2018 syllabus

ENGL 224: World Literature in English: Near and Far: Syllabus 224-005 2W2018

ENGL 539: Studies in the Twentieth Century: Figuring Modernism (Graduate-level seminar): ENGL 539A-001 2W2018 syllabus 


ENGL 561-921 – Topics in Science and Technology – Assemblage and Other Fluid Materialisms (graduate-level seminar): ENGL561A1S2017Syllabus.docx

ENGL 100-001 Reading and Writing about Literature: Books and Friendship: Syllabus 100-001

ENGL 224-002 World Literature in English: World-Breaking Literature: Syllabus 224-002

ENGL 464A-001 Twentieth-Century Studies: Modernism and the Political Novel: Syllabus 464 1W2017


ENGL 464. Women’s Writing and Media: From Fordism to Cyber-culture: 464 syllabus

ENGL 100. MakerSpaces: Literature and Transformation: 100 Syllabus

ENGL 491. New Masses: Modernism and the Crowd: ENGL 491 Syllabus

ENGL 221-011. English Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present: ENGL 221 Syllabus


ENGL 221 (English Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present) — Paltin_Syllabus_221 2015W1

ENGL 464 (Twentieth-Century Studies): “Acting Out in Groups”: Subculture, Narrative, Style — Syllabus-final

ENGL 539: Modernism, Mass Bodies and Crowd Politics (Graduate-level seminar) — ENGL 539 W15-16 Syllabus


ENGL 221 (English Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present)

ENGL 462 (Twentieth-Century British and Irish Studies): The Postcolonial Metropole (W15) — Paltin_Syllabus_462 W15

ENGL 466 (Studies in a Twentieth-Century Genre): Society of the Spectacle and Modernist Shorter Fiction (W15) — Paltin_Syllabus_466 W15




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