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2000-4000 Level Courses

On this page, you'll find our 2000-4000 level course offerings for the 2021-2022 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.

Spring 2022 2000-4000 Level Courses

*These courses are subject to change.

ENGL 2200 - 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 - Literature in Transition: From the 18th Century to Today - Deborah Blenkhorn

How can the literature of the past help us to understand today's world? Discover incisive answers as we examine and respond to representative literary works in English from the past three centuries within their sociocultural contexts.

ENGL 2350 - Critical Studies in Film - Kegan Doyle

In this course, we will focus on film as an art and as a cultural phenomenon. We will study how films get made and examine the impact they have on the self and society as a whole. We will also learn innovative new ways to “read” films. Our particular focus will be on films, from Hollywood and elsewhere, about outsiders, misfits, and underdogs. As well as writing analyses and reflections, students will have the option of pursuing creative projects. Films to be discussed include Taxi Driver, Little Miss Sunshine, and Parasite.

ENGL 3330 - Studies in Children's Literature: Children's Fantasy - Heather Cyr

Have you ever been convinced that there is a magical land in the back of the wardrobe? Wondered whether you might be invited to a magical school or confronted by a creature straight from your imagination? 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 3301 - Cultivating Canada: Stories That Build Nations - Jennifer Hardwick

The 19th Century was a time of change, violence, growth, alliance, and transition that came to define the the territories we now call Canada.  Through a close engagement with key literary texts and historical documents, we will examine competing identities, values, and goals associated with the establishment of Canada, and explore how founding mythologies continue to impact us today.

ENGL 3308 - U.S. Literature (1910-1945) - Paul Ohler

ENGL 3308 will study U.S. literature of the period 1910-1945. Topics will include literature of the Progressive Era, Modernism, and the Harlem Renaissance.

ENGL 3320 - Studies in Shakespeare: Reading Shakespeare's Shadows - Gavin Paul

A "shadow" meant many things to Shakespeare and his contemporaries: in addition to our familiar sense of darkness or shade, the word could refer to an image, illusion or imitation. It could also denote a spirit or ghost. Not surprisingly, then, it was conventional to refer to stage players as "shadows." This course will explore the grounds covered by these various senses of "shadow": through close, historically-informed readings, we will attend to the multivalence of actors' bodies, tracking the ways in which printed plays can and cannot encode for the nuances of performance.

ENGL 3345 - Diasporic Literatures: Place, Memory, and Identity - Gillian Bright

What is the relationship between place, memory, and identity? For those who leave their homes for new lands, how are these three concepts tested? As a field of inquiry, diaspora studies focus on issues of identity and identification across a range of cultural and national encounters. In this course, we will examine some of the diverse voices that emerge from the complex entanglements between space and self. 

ENGL 3365 - Hollywood Cinema - Paul Tyndall

In this course we will study the history and development of Hollywood Cinema from the silent era to the present day, with particular attention on the diverse ways that film has both reflected and shaped modern American society. We will also consider important social, cultural, economic, and technological developments that have influenced Hollywood Cinema, as well as classic and contemporary films by a wide range of filmmakers.

ENGL 4700 - 19th-Century Hauntings: British and American Gothic Fiction - Kim Larsen

Family secrets and haunted mansions; deviant sexuality; ghosts and atavistic monsters; mental illness, murder, and addiction; slavery and racialized violence – come join us as we explore the dark and dangerous undercurrents of 19th-century British and American cultures. As we work through an assortment of gothic stories and novels across the transatlantic divide, we’ll reflect in particular on the gothic tropes of inheritance and the uncanny return of the repressed, considering the ways in which dominant cultures are haunted by the illicit desires, injustices, anxieties, and obsessions of the past and present. In so doing, we’ll also contemplate the ways in which these gothic hauntings persist in our own 21st-century world.

Fall 2021 2000-4000 Level Courses

*These courses are subject to change.

At the end of August, many Fall English courses announced a change to their mode of delivery. Please see below for each course's method of delivery. In most cases, hybrid courses will move to the classroom when it is safe to do so.

ENGL 2300 - Writing in the Digital Age - Jennifer Hardwick - Changing to hybrid

The Rhetoric of Social Change. Communities across the world are mobilizing digital technologies to share stories, document lives, build movements, and fight injustice. This digital content is changing our world, and shifting our understandings of narrative, language, authorship, privacy, and information in the process. Through an engagement with digital content — that could include podcasts, film, music, tweets, and blog posts — we will build skills in media analysis, visual rhetoric, multimedia composition, and online research, and think deeply about the transformational power of digital story-telling.

ENGL 2316 English Literature: 14th to 18th Centuries - Gavin Paul - Moving online

Voyages, Wanderings, and Imagined Worlds: The Individual and Society. This course will trace the ways in which English literature from the 14th to 18th centuries negotiated private and public experiences. Our readings will take us from the heroic ideals of chivalric romance to colonial encounters with exotic societies and figures, from the solitary challenges and rewards of travel and exploration to the nuances of social hierarchies and individual responsibilities as imagined societies are brought to life on the page. As we move from the oral traditions of poetry to the early forms of the novel, we will consider literature as a burgeoning technology capable of representing and engaging human consciousness—in isolation and within social networks. 

ENGL 2341 - Science Fiction and Fantasy - Robert Pasquini - Moving online

ENGL 2341 demonstrates the value of Science Fiction and Fantasy in modern life. We cover topics showing how authors invented literary worlds in order to criticize their present-day circumstances or to re-imagine their threatened futures. Students will learn to identify and write about genre conventions from a variety of critical perspectives. Texts will be drawn from several forms (novella, short story, poetry, film) from 1895 to today. 

ENGL 2430 Children’s Literature - Heather Cyr - Moving online

Place and Space in 100 Years of Children's Literature. Children’s Literature is a broad and diverse genre that ranges from picture books and pedagogical texts to fairy tales and young adult literature, but each one of these books takes us on a journey through unique places and spaces. In this class, we’ll sail away to Treasure Island, ramble through Terabithia, visit fertile Californian valleys, and swing by Camp Halfblood as we explore a century of the genre to identify the development of literature for children as well as current critical and popular concerns. We’ll ask ourselves who makes children’s books, how changing ideas of childhood have influenced the literature we classify as children’s, and how child characters interact with the places and spaces of the stories they inhabit.

ENGL 3300 - Critical Theory - Paul Ohler - Face-to-face (no change)

ENGL 3300 introduces students to questions debated by philosophers, writers, and critics over questions about the nature, Function, and value of literature. The course will ask students to consider questions such as those posed by the literary scholar Sue Schopf: How can we deal objectively with literary art? How can readers gain greater access to the richness and complexity of literary texts? What criteria do we use to determine a work's "greatness"? What do we mean when we speak of the "beauty" of a literary work? What is the function of the artist, the critic, and of criticism and theory itself? How do we account for multiple interpretations of a text? Does literary language differ from ordinary language? Beginning with Aristotle's Poetics, the course will consider these questions in the context of key works of literary theory and criticism.

ENGL 3303 - Canadian Poetry - Jennifer Hardwick - Changing to hybrid

Contested Territories. Loved, contested, feared, stolen, protected, poisoned, settled, admired — Canada’s land has been many things to many people, and it has captured the hearts and imaginations of poets for generations. Through a close engagement with written, multimedia, and oral texts, this course will explore the role of land in Canada’s poetry, with a special attention to topics such as colonization, the environment, and national identity.

ENGL 3305 - Film Theory - Paul Tyndall (Newly announced!) - Hybrid (no change)

Most of us have grown up watching films and television, and we have internalized a huge amount of knowledge about mainstream cinema. But few people reflect on film as an art form or communication technology. In this course, we will do just that as we read some of the major theoretical statements in the history of film theory and apply their insights to representative films from the silent period to the present day. Though most of the readings on the syllabus are relatively brief, several present complex and subtle arguments. Together we will be unpacking these arguments and considering their usefulness for making sense of film as a form of visual storytelling. 

ENGL 3321 - English Renaissance Drama, Excluding ShakespeareN.P. Kennedy - Online (no change)

Shakespeare was a genius, but far from being all alone in the dark--he lived in an age of brilliant playwrights--who knew, imitated, collaborated with, competed with, and sometimes even ridiculed each other. Discover the rivals of Shakespeare.

ENGL 3340 - Cross-Cultural World Literature - Ranjini Mendis (online) - Online (no change)

Differing Perspectives, Changing Worlds. In this fully asynchronous course on the topic "Differing Perspectives, Changing Worlds," students will study works of cross-cultural world literature drawn mainly from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will explore critical concepts and issues that arise in cross-cultural fields of study identified as “World Literature,” “Postcolonial Literature,” and “Global Anglophone Literature.” Through a wide selection of texts, students will examine influences of colonization, postcolonial conflicts, and effects of migration and cultural re-orientations.

ENGL 3350 - Literature and Film - Greg Chan - Face-to-face (no change)

Amplifying BIPOC Voices. Truth and Reconciliation. Black Lives Matter. Stop AAPI Hate. DREAMers. My Red Line. Now more than ever, racialized communities are uniting in their resistance to colonialism, rising up to tell their own stories on the page and the screen. Focusing on marginalized voices from the Indigenous, Black, Asian, and Latinx communities, this course invites students to learn more about the cultural weight of BIPOC representation and storytelling. Course work will focus on literary works by Richard Wagamese, Lawrence Hill, Kevin Kwan, Khaled Hosseini, and Quiara Alegria Hudes that have been adapted into critically acclaimed feature films. Press “Play” on English 3350 this fall to experience stories from racialized artists who are in a fight to be seen and heard.

ENGL 3352 - British Novel, 1900-1945 - Robert Dearle - Hybrid (no change)

In this section of English 3352 we will read five key novels that offer various perspectives on life, culture, and art in England during the transformational period 1900-1945. Topics include class, revolutionary movements, women’s roles, sex and sexualities, the past, the future, and the looming threat of a second world war. Please note that this class will be held in a partially online (hybrid) format: face-to-face meetings will alternate with synchronous / asynchronous online elements.

ENGL 4420 - Topics in British Literature - Leanne MacDonald - Changing to hybrid

Home/Away From Home: Gender and Home in Medieval Britain. In the last year, many of us have spent more time at home than we ever expected (or wanted) to. At first glance, it might seem that women in the Middle Ages also largely stayed home for their entire lives, watching men go out into the world to work, fight, pray, and socialize. In reality, life in medieval Britain was much more complicated than that. In this course, we will explore this complexity by examining a gender-diverse group of nobles, sex workers, travelers, knights, the undead, and other figures from literary and historical texts written by or about women and gender non-binary people in the Middle Ages. We will examine these works from a variety of different historical, social, and cultural perspectives in order to better understand how medieval writers both reinforced and challenged notions of a medieval woman’s place in the home, as well as the gender binary.


Summer 2021 2000-4000 Level Courses

ENGL 2309 Literature of the United States - Steve Weber (synchronous)

Cultural Revolutions. Throughout the last 175 years, America has experienced a number of cultural revolutions, of which American literature has been a defining product. While studying some of the major authors of this period, students will investigate some of the radical changes American culture has undergone.

ENGL 2315 The Comic Voice - Neil Patrick Kennedy (synchronous)

Why would one person mock another? Out of affection? Out of spite? To ridicule tired ideas or lame art? To attack injustice or evil? Take this course to grow in knowledge of literature, further practice your writing skills, and spend some time considering comedy used as a weapon: satire.

ENGL 3313 Studies in Major Writers -  Joakim Nilsson (asynchronous)

The Art and Activism of James Baldwin. “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963). During the 1960s, a time of increasing racial division and conflict in America, James Baldwin was often criticized for his unwillingness to simply, and unquestioningly, choose a side; he instead tried to understand and articulate the complexity of race relations in America, while also addressing his experience as a gay, black man growing up in poverty in urban America. In the same way that in the 1950s and 1960s, black women were often silenced regarding issues of gender, so as not to divide the focus of the Civil Rights Movement, Baldwin was criticized for addressing issues of homophobia, including within the African American community. Through reading his novels, short stories, essays, and a play, and watching interviews with Baldwin, we will explore Baldwin’s social and political activism, and his belief that “the victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or she has become a threat.”

ENGL 3323 Seventeenth-Century British Literature - Gavin Paul (asynchronous)

New World Orders. This course will examine a diverse range of prose, poetry, and drama, with a particular focus on how major works of early modern literature sought to converse with, shape, respond to—that is, order—the dynamic world around them. Guided by close, historically-informed readings, our explorations will range from vast, impossible places (Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene), to smaller-scale, intimate worlds built in sonnet sequences by Philip Sidney and William Shakespeare. As we map the ways in which early modern literature was utilized as a space for social, moral, and philosophical inquiry, our readings will consider the following: expressions of religious anxieties and controversies (including works by John Donne, Aemelia Lanyer, and Andrew Marvell); matters of genre, form, and imitation; the logistics of patronage and publication; the transmission of social memory; the gendering of political power; the horrifying physical and mental trauma caused by the plague. The primary goal throughout will be to hone critical reading and writing skills. 

ENGL 3328 Romantic Poetry and Poetics - Kiran Clements (asynchronous)

In this course, we consider Romanticism, not only as a period of history, but as a particular attitude towards humans, ideas and the world as it manifests itself in the literature, art and philosophy of the age.

ENGL 3380 Popular Writing and Culture - Kelly Doyle (synchronous)

Horror in Popular Culture from Poe to King. 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 4401 Topics in Canadian Literature - Greg Chan (asynchronous)

Cinematic Canadian Literature. You may be familiar with the writings of Alice Munro, Eden Robinson, Roch Carrier, Naomi Klein, Emma Donoghue, Ins Choi, or Shyam Selvadurai, but did you know their literary works have been made into films and television series? Through the lens of film studies, this section of ENGL 4401 will explore the artistry of the filmic adaptation in a distinctly Canadian context. More than National Film Board shorts and family dramas, Canadian film—particularly its literary adaptations—has become just as diverse and complex as the country it represents. Join ENGL 4401 to learn about the Canadian connections to some of the most critically acclaimed films in contemporary culture.   

Spring 2021 2000-4000 Level Courses

ENGL 2301: Canadian Literature in English - Brian Swail

Students will study representative Canadian literature drawn primarily from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries from a variety of genres. They will focus on major figures, historical and literary periods, and themes in Canadian literature and will respond to these works through discussion and written assignments.

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

America in Relief: Andy Warhol Meets Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Sylvia Plath, Tony Kushner & Peter Balakian. What happens when the work of Andy Warhol serves as background to the diverse works foregrounded in this course: Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly Last Summer, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, short stories by James Baldwin, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, and Peter Balakian's memoir, Black Dog of Fate? Take this course and you'll find out. 

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

This course will examine the experimental and avante-garde in literature and the visual arts of the period 1870 to 1920. The course will consider what was conceptually and formally new about English, Irish, and American modernism by examining its rejection of 19th century perspectives on the moral utility of art and conceptions of what constituted art, and the movement's development of literary techniques such as multiple points of view, collage, and stream-of-consciousness narrative styles.

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.

Fall 2020 2000-4000 Level courses

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.


2018 English Graduates