2000-4000 Level Courses
On this page, you'll find our 3000-4000 level course offerings for the 2019-20 semesters, as well as specific topics for 2000-4000 level courses being offered in the upcoming semester. English courses at the 2000 level are accessible to all students who have completed six first year English course credits (or their equivalent). English courses at the 3000 and 4000 level are accessible to students who meet the prerequisite(s) for the courses. For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in English Major and Minor programs click here.
Summer 2021 Courses
Several sections of English 1100, 1202, and 1204 are offered every term. In addition, our Summer 2021 course offerings will include:
- ENGL 2309 (Literature of the United States)
- ENGL 2315 (The Comic Voice)
- ENGL 2355 (Literary Classics on Film)
- ENGL 3323 (Seventeenth-Century British Literature)
- ENGL 3328 (Romantic Poetry and Poetics)
- ENGL 3380 (Popular Writing and Culture)
- ENGL 4401 (Topics in Canadian Literature)
Spring 2021 Upper-Level Courses
*These courses are subject to change
Please note that KPU continues to take measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, there will be no in-person classes offered for the Spring 2021 semester. All Spring 2021 classes will be delivered remotely. Students should expect to take the courses below remotely, and they will need to have access to a tablet, laptop, or personal computer, and access to the Internet via WIFI or other source, to complete the course and access KPU services.
Several sections of English 1100, 1202, and 1204 are offered every term. In addition, our Spring 2021 course offerings will include:
ENGL 2301: Canadian Literature in English - Brian Swail
ENGL 2330: Studies in Drama - Gavin Paul
Knowledge, Truth, Madness. In this survey of drama from ancient Greece to the 20th Century, we will consider the pursuit of dangerous knowledge related to science, history, family, and the self, confront the often terrible costs of the truth.
ENGL 2340: Studies in Fiction - Gillian Bright
“The World Turned Upside Down”: Turning Points in Fiction. How do stories narrate experiences of major change, whether the transition is personal, social, or political? This course will examine representations of upheaval in fiction. We will consider fictional narratives from a variety of genres and perspectives, including short stories, novels, and even a Broadway musical.
ENGL 3309: Literature of the United States: 1945 to the Present - Fred Ribkoff
ENGL 3320: Studies in Shakespeare - Paul Tyndall
Shakespeare and Italy. Roughly one third of Shakespeare's plays are inspired by and set in Italy. These include comedies, tragedies, historical plays and romances. In addition, virtually all of his poetry can be traced directly or indirectly to Roman or Italian sources. In this course, we will explore what ancient Rome and Renaissance Italy meant to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and how 16th century England's foremost poet and playwright transformed his Roman and early modern Italian sources into poems and plays that resonated not only with his contemporaries but continue to speak to readers and film and theatre goers to this day. Although we will discuss a variety of poems and plays, we will focus on Shakespeare's sonnets and on the following plays: The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Othello and Julius Caesar. We will be using online versions of the poems and plays, but students are encouraged to buy modern editions of the four plays listed above, both for their introductions and their notes.
ENGL 3331: Young Adult Literature - Heather Cyr
Angst, love, and protest. Teen literature is no longer just for teens! Join us as we study a range of texts and media to understand how Young Adult Literature has developed into today's forward-looking and massively popular genre. Among other topics, we will explore the roles of representation, fandoms, social justice, and adolescent agency in coming-of-age narratives from the last several decades.
ENGL 3336: The Victorian Novel, 1837-1900 - Kim Larsen
The Victorian Gothic. Exotic, bloodsucking vamps. Mad and murderous scientists. Monstrous beasts. Dangerously exotic and strong-willed women. Crumbling mansions haunted by familial secrets. Addiction and illicit desire. Come join us as we explore the seamy underside of 19th-century middle-class propriety, analyzing, through fiction, the Victorian fascination with sex, science, religion, and death.
In this course we will delve into the unsetteld and unsettling underworld of the Victorian Gothic, a genre that embodies the fears and obsessions of a society poised between the end of an era and the dawn of a new century. In its daring exploration of controversial subject matter, Victorian Gothic demonstrates an uneasy fascination with decline and degeneration as well as with the proliferation of the new - from new sciences and technologies to the figure of the New Woman. Over the course of the term, we will consider the ways in which these texts respond to, interrogate, and intensify mid- to late-nineteenth-century concerns around sexuality, imperialism, criminality, the Woman Question, class conflict, religious doubt, and scientific and medical advancement. Our studies will take us from evolutionary Darwinism to the "new" sciences of phrenology, criminology, and mental physiology; from the newest information technologies to the supposed exotic primitivism of colonized lands; and from the violent spectacle of Jack the Ripper to the emergence of the New Woman. Alongside these gothic texts, we will also look at a number of differing theories of the Gothic, evaluating a range of critical approaches from the psychoanalytic to the feminist to the postcolonial.
ENGL 3351: Studies in Modernism - Paul Ohler
ENGL 3370: Life-Writing - Kegan Doyle
The Making and Breaking of the Counter-Culture. This course will explore a wide range of life writing and biographical films related to the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. Figures to be discussed include Bob Dylan, James Baldwin, Sylvia Plath, Muhammad Ali, Janis Joplin, Hunter S. Thompson, the Chicago Seven, and Andy Kaufman.
ENGL 4350: Topics in Film Studies - Kelly Doyle
The Evolution of the Zombie in Horror Film. The cannibalistic zombie figure that plagues the cultural imaginary owes its existence to film; unlike other canonical monsters that originate in Europe and the UK, thanks to George A Romero's The Night of the Living Dead (1968) the zombie is Americacentric and uniquely filmic in origin. Tracing the emergence of zombie films from the oldest (White Zombie 1932), to the politically and socially charged contributions of Romero, to the zombie renaissance post 9/11, students will learn how and why this figure in film has evolved from slow to fast, from slave to cannibal, and from human to monster as a mediation on the social and political climate of the times in which this figure manifests.
(The list above is subject to change.) More details about these courses will be announced in the Fall.
Fall 2020 Upper-Level courses
*Please note: these courses are subject to change
Please note that KPU continues to take measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, there will be no in-person classes offered for the Fall 2020. All Fall 2020 classes will be delivered remotely. Students should expect to take the courses below remotely, and they will need to have access to a tablet, laptop, or personal computer, and access to the Internet via WIFI or other source, to complete the course and access KPU services.
ENGL 2200 S10: Foundations of Western Literature - Robert Dearle
Got Myth? In this course we will explore some of the myths, stories, and legends that have informed, influenced, and inspired English and European literature and culture. Our journey will begin with Classical mythology, proceed to stories from the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and end with Norse mythology. As we proceed, we will explore how these stories have been received, retold, and reinterpreted by writers from the renaissance to the present in works of literature as well as in the products of popular culture.
ENGL 2317 S10: English Literature - 18th to 20th Centuries - Kegan Doyle
Rebels, Outlaws, and Revolutionaries. "Mad, bad, and dangerous to know," so Lady Caroline Lamb described the notorious poet Lord Byron after their first meeting. In this course, we survey literature of the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales!) from the Romantic period to 2020, focusing on works by and about outcasts, outsiders, freaks, and revolutionaries. Topics to be discussed include the Storming of the Bastille, Frankenstein, first-wave feminism, Oscar Wilde's gay politics, the Easter Rebellion, and The Beatles. Students will have the option of engaging in creative projects alongside their academic ones.
ENGL 2320 S10: Studies in Poetry - Mark Cochrane
ENGL 2340 S10: Studies in Fiction - Heather Cyr
Journey Through Childhood. You don’t have to be a child to see through a child’s eyes. From a sailing ship on the high seas to a strange summer camp to make-believe worlds hidden in our own backyards, join us as we examine how child characters inhabit place and space in this survey of over a hundred years of Children’s Literature.
ENGL 3305 S10: Film Theory - Paul Tyndall
ENGL 3305 provides an introduction to critical and theoretical perspectives on film as a narrative art form. Together we will read and discuss some of the major statements in film theory and apply their insights to a variety of films from the silent era to the present day.
ENGL 3306 S10: Literature of the United States: Beginnings to 1865 - Paul Ohler
English 3306 examines the literature of the United States in English from its beginnings to 1865. The course will focus on depictions of race and religion in non-fiction and fiction, among other topics, helping students understand arguments central to the cultural history of the U.S. which, as recent events have shown, remain unresolved.
ENGL 3310 S10: Literature in Translation - Asma Sayed
Let’s go on a literary tour around the world! In this course we will study literature from Argentina, China, France, Greece, India, Iran, Japan, and Mesopotamia. The texts, studied in English translation, will reflect on diverse cultures and literary traditions in a global context. We will focus on analyzing world literature from a global/comparative perspective in relation to their sociocultural, historical, and political context.
ENGL 3315 S10: Studies in Chaucer - N.P. Kennedy
Chaucer: A great scholar once said that, “Chaucer was one of the most learned men of his age, but he wore his learning lightly.” Chaucer was a comic genius as well as a profound thinker. Middle English verse is difficult to come to terms with, but has great beauty and pleasure to share with those who persist. Come for the comedy. Stay for the beauty and profundity.
ENGL 3355 S10: Modern and Contemporary Drama - Fred Ribkoff
Online and On-screen: Dramatic Expressions of the Social and Psychic Conflicts of Our Lives. Discover the unlimited ways in which plays reach into and express the central conflicts of our lives, even, and especially, in times of social and psychic isolation. Inter-acting online, viewing and analyzing plays on-screen, and bringing text to life in any way we can, we’ll explore an international mix of drama from the late 19th-century to the early 21st-century.
ENGL 3390 S10: Studies in Indigenous Literature and Cultural Expression - Jennifer Hardwick
Indigenous Digital Media. This course will explore the relationship between digital media and Indigenous cultures in North America. Digital content — including podcasts, film, music, tweets, and blog posts — will be placed in conversation with media theory and key Indigenous Studies texts in order to draw connections between media production and Indigenous struggles for self-determination. Special attention will be paid to Indigenous cultural resurgence and spaces of (re)conciliation. Over the course of the semester students will be given the tools to thoughtfully and critically engage with Indigenous digital media, and to present their ideas to both academic and community audiences.
ENGL 4700 S10: Special Topics in Literature - Asma Sayed
Postcolonial Ecocriticism. This course will focus on postcolonialism as it intersects with environmentalism. Analyzing issues of global justice and sustainability through literary texts, we will study the impact of colonization on indigenous agricultural practices, climate change and the resulting destructions, petrocultures and our reliance on fossil fuels, through the lens of postcolonial and ecocritical theories. Our aim is to study how fictional texts can suggest new ways for thinking about impact of colonization on climate change and provide opportunities for imagining better futures.
Summer 2020 (May-August)
*Please note: these courses are subject to change
ENGL 2316: English Literature: 14th to 18th Centuries - N.P. Kennedy
Students will study representative works of English literature from the 14th to the 18th centuries as literature within social, cultural, and historical contexts. They will respond to these works through written and oral work.
ENGL 2350: Critical Studies in Film - Greg Chan
Read any good films lately? Introducing students to film as a narrative art form, this course investigates how lighting, editing, camera angles, and costume/set/sound design drive cinematic storytelling. For formal analysis, the class will screen select films—including Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Jon M. Chu's Crazy Rich Asians—that represent cinema’s history and sociopolitical influence.
ENGL 3301: 19th-Century Canadian Literature in English - Jen Hardwick
Students will study Canadian literature in English from the nineteenth century. They will focus on work by aboriginal peoples, explorers, sojourners, early settlers, and writers of the Confederation period. Students will study the changes and developments in the literature and respond to works through discussion and written assignments. They will write at least one research paper that incorporates critical source material.
ENGL 3321: English Renaissance Drama, Excluding Shakespeare: Explorations of Renaissance Tragedy - Gavin Paul
Reading Renaissance Tragedy will allow us to probe matters of authorship, spectatorship, popular culture, as well as textual and theatrical production. Above all, we will attend to intractable questions raised by developments in the tragic form itself: How do the living remember the dead? What do tragic heroes suggest about human agency? What is the attraction of witnessing suffering and gore?
ENGL 3380: Popular Writing and Culture: Horror in Popular Culture from Poe to King - Kelly Doyle
Why is horror such a pervasive and compelling genre in the popular culture of the past as well as the present, despite the ongoing desire of many to dismiss it as 'low art'? Why do we consume narratives that elicit disgust, horror, and fear? We will examine literature and media from a variety of time periods by horror authors from Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King to address this question. Learn how works of horror demonstrate a unique capacity to reinforce or criticize the social, political, and cultural norms of their times, how the narratives were/are produced and consumed by the public, and the potential productive role these works play or played in calling the ostracization and demonization of sexual, racial, and even animal 'others' into question via a number of theoretical frameworks.
ENGL 4409: Topics in Literature of the United States: Crossing Boundaries - Joakim Nilsson
A central myth of American society is the American Dream: the belief that America is a largely classless society, so with hard work and determination, anyone can become rich and successful. The flip side of this myth is that if you are not rich and successful, it is due to some personal flaw or lack of effort. The works we will discuss this semester challenge this myth by exploring the role of race, gender, and class discrimination in creating barriers to social mobility. Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925) and Chandler's The Big Sleep (1939) present, through the eyes of a middle class narrator, the moral corruption of the rich and their uncaring attitude to those "below" them. Larsen's Passing (1929) and Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (1959) portray the struggles of African Americans seeking a better life within the context of a racist and segregated society. Ng's Everything I Never Told You (2014) explores the challenges faced by a mixed-race family, especially by the children, while a teenage boy's difficult decision to recognize the limitations of his Native American society, and accept the benefits and challenges of the white education system, is the central theme of Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007). The main characters in these works have bought into the American Dream, and while some face tragic consequences, most find ways to grow and adapt as individuals, as a family, and as part of a community.
Current Semester: Spring 2020 (January-April)
ENGL 2317: 18th - 20th Century Literature - Kim Larsen
Students will study representative works of English literature from the 18th to 20th centuries within their social, cultural, political, historical, aesthetic, and/or religious contexts. They will respond to these works of literature through written and oral work.
ENGL 2341: Science Fiction and Fantasy - Brian Swail
Students will study a range of representative Science Fiction and/or Fantasy texts written over a period of at least a century. Students will learn to identify and write about genre conventions from a variety of critical perspectives. The works may be drawn from several forms (novels, short stories, graphic novels, film, television, digital narratives, etc.) and historical periods.
ENGL 2355: Literary Classics on Film - Joakim Nilsson
We will look at how works from the past--Beowulf, Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein--change when they are adapted from print to film and are made to appeal to contemporary society, often with very different social values and life experiences.
ENGL 3305: Film Theory - Paul Tyndall
In this course, we will read some of the major statements in film theory and apply their insights to a variety of films from the silent era to the present day. Readings will range from early statements on the unique characteristics of film as an art form to seminal essays on visual pleasure and narrative cinema, and recent writings on the growing importance of global cinema.
ENGL 3308: Literature of the US: 1910 to 1945 - Kegan Doyle
Paris, Manhattan, L.A. In this course, we will examine not only literature but also movies and songs from the tumultuous era between 1910 and 1945. Much of our focus will be on urban life--its joys and sorrows. Topics to be discussed include the rise and fall of the American gangster, the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age, and "Californication." Throughout we will relate the works discussed to America in the age of Trump.
ENGL 3325: Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Group 1) - Andrew Bartlett
Masquerades and polished balls. Country boobies and city fops. Bluestockings and bravos. Imprisoning marriages, deadly duels. Withering satire and extravagant romance, rhyming couplets and praise of cats. The world of eighteenth-century literature is home to guardians of order and makers of revolution. Take this rambunctious survey to sample, taste, test, and exchange.
ENGL 3300: Children's Literature - Heather Cyr
Children's Fantasy: Have you ever been convinced that there is a magical land in the back of the wardrobe? Wondered whether a singing nanny might appear on the East Wind? In this course, we will focus on fantasy literature for children from the last century, asking why fantasy and the imagination are so closely associated with books for children, how fantastic stories can uniquely challenge children or give them solace, and why so many of these stories are cherished by readers again and again. ENGL2430 not required. Bring your own wands!
ENGL 3340: Cross-Cultural World Literature - Gillian Bright
In the colonial period, armed conflict against western powers was not the only strategy of opposition; resistance was also enacted in the pages of novels, in poems, and on stage. We will consider how revolutions are characterized in literary texts produced during and after struggles for national independence. Are rebels admired as heroes? Condemned as dissidents? By reading a range of narrative genres from diverse periods and geographies, we will consider the various ways postcolonial texts represent rebels and rebellion.
ENGL 3358: British Fiction since 1945 - Paul Ohler
English 3358 surveys the British novel from 1945 to the beginning of the 21st century. Early in the course we will read novels by Muriel Spark and Kingsley Amis and consider their depictions of post-war life and ways in which their work revalues realism in relation to modernism. We will then turn to the novels of John Fowles and Graham Swift to consider their development of postmodern fictional modes, and in the context of Fowles’s work, consider the influence of European experimentalism. Byatt’s Possession will present the class with the opportunity to consider British feminist literature and the author’s engagement with Victorianism. Zadie Smith’s White Teeth will plunge us into a world of varied forms of Britishness and contemporary voices in the context of the decline of empire and transformations to British society related to migration and globalization. Throughout the course, our reading of the fiction will focus on transformations to the genre of fiction, relevant critical issues, and social and historical contexts.
ENGL 4700: Special Topics in Literature - John Rupert
UNDER PARANORMAL SIEGE: Into the realm of the demon cleaner! Join me and your fellow students as amateur paranormal investigators examining cases of demonic attack, possession, and exorcism in selected works of prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and film.
NOTE: Students may take a 4000 level English topics course for credit more than once during their English degree if the topic is different.