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KPU English Department

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.

*New* 2019/2020 Upper-Level courses announced!

Fall 2019 (September-December)

*Please note that the courses listed below are subject to change.

ENGL 2300: Writing in the Digital Age - Jen Hardwick

ENGL 2301: Canadian Literature in English - Shelley Boyd

ENGL 2315: The Comic Voice - Kegan Doyle

“The origins of humour lie in the deep contrasts offered by life itself: in the strange incongruity between our aspirations and our achievements.” (Stephen Leacock) Humour, broadly defined, exists in all cultures. But where does it come from and what does it do? Is it liberating? Restorative? And is it simply a product of life’s incongruities? In this course, we will experience the mystery and magic of the comic voice. We will look at an array of comic genres —parody, satire, stand-up, farce, among them—and at some explanations of why we laugh, even when we shouldn't. Masters of the comic voice to be discussed include Oscar Wilde, Chris Rock, Lord Byron, Sarah Silverman, and the makers of South Park. As well as doing traditional academic assignments, students will have the opportunity to engage in comedy-related creative projects. ​

ENGL 2316: 14th - 18th Century Literature - N.P. Kennedy

ENGL 3300: Critical Theory - Paul Ohler

ENGL 3311: Shakespearean Afterlives (sub for Group 1) - Paul Tyndall

Shakespeare is not simply the name of a Renaissance poet and playwright but an institution and a brand. Together we will explore what Shakespeare means to readers, audiences and consumers today through analysis of poems, plays, films, tv shows, and other forms of popular culture that draw upon his work.

ENGL 3330: Children's Literature - Heather Cyr

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 3332: Victorian Poetry and Non-Fiction (Group 2) - Kim Larsen

Drug abuse, adultery, prostitution, suicide, bohemian debauchery, and beautiful female “stunners” – these are some of the words often associated with the infamous 19th-century Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In this course, we will examine the painting and poetry of the Pre-Raphaelite circle, exploring the mythos around this avant-garde movement and situating the themes and aesthetics of their work within the larger context of Victorian art, culture, and politics.

ENGL 3350: Literature and Film - Duncan Greenlaw

Orphans, Rebels, and Angels. This course will investigate themes of alienation, rebellion, and exile in films such as FrankensteinThe Spirit of the BeehiveApocalypse NowWings of DesireOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. At the same time, it will focus on competing aims of escape and return, or defiance and compliance, in the relationship between film adaptations and their literary origins.​

ENGL 3360: Writing Women/Women Writing - Asma Sayed

This course focuses on some of the contemporary works of world literature by women. We will study women’s writing from different historical, social, and cultural perspectives. We will survey the history of women’s literature, and read a variety of feminist positions. Some of the questions we will address are: Is women’s writing distinct from men’s writing? How do cultural differences affect women’s writing? How has women’s literature evolved? Among our objectives will be to examine how women have represented themselves in literature and how women’s writing has changed social, literary, and cultural institutions.​

ENGL 4420 - Robert Dearle

The Fin de Siècle and the rise of the modern world. In this version of English 4420*, we will dive deeper into the literature, art, and cultural politics of the late nineteenth century. We will examine some of the issues, ideas, and anxieties that define the fin de siècle and helped shape the twentieth century. Course readings will include works of poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as key works of criticism. The course reading list will be finalized in consultation with students on the first day of class. Readings may be drawn from R.L. Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. Ryder Haggard, Conan Doyle, Olive Schreiner, Grant Allen, Bernard Shaw, and others. Materials for the course are freely available either online or through KPU, so there is no textbook cost.

*Topics courses such as English 4420 can be taken more than once for credit


Spring 2020 (January-April)

ENGL 2317: 18th - 20th Century Literature - Paul Ohler

ENGL 2341: Science Fiction and Fantasy - Heather Cyr

ENGL 2355: Literary Classics on Film - Joakim Nilsson

ENGL 3304: Canadian Drama in English - Shelley Boyd

ENGL 3305: Film Theory - Paul Tyndall

ENGL 3308: Literature of the US: 1910 to 1945 - Kegan Doyle

ENGL 3325: Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Group 1) - Andrew Bartlett

ENGL 3358: British Fiction since 1945 - Paul Ohler

ENGL 4700: Special Topics in Literature - John Rupert

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


Current Semester

Spring 2019 (January-May)

ENGL 2309 S10 - Elizabeth Gooding

Literature of the United States of America. "It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it," said George Carlin. What is the American dream? Who is included and who is excluded? How has it been questioned and transformed, and what is the nightmare version of the dream?

ENGL 2317 S10 - Gillian Bright

English Literature: 18th to 20th Centuries. 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 2320 S10 - John Rupert

Studies in Poetry. Vampires, Witches, and Haunting Spirits: Supernatural Poetry. In this course we will study poems that tell supernatural stories. Enter my chamber of horrors, where witches and revenants lurk in every corner of the mind, threatening body and soul, even sanity itself!

ENGL 3300 S10 - Paul Ohler

Critical Theory. Students will examine topics in critical theory. They will consider critical theory as a socially engaged mode of inquiry.Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills through discussions and essay assignments.

ENGL 3302 S10 - Shelley Boyd

Canadian Prose in English. This course will focus on groundbreaking and award-winning works of prose spanning the early twentieth to twenty-first centuries. The class will undertake the "CanLit Book Battle," where groups will advocate in creative and critical ways why "their book" deserves to win their classmates' votes as the most significant title. 

ENGL 3307 S10 - Paul Tyndall

Literature of the United States: 1865 - 1910. In this course, we will explore the way writers explored the social and political upheavals that occurred in the United States in the 50 year period from the end of the American Civil War to the beginning of World War One. Texts will include Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, select poems by Emily Dickinson, excerpts from William Still's The Underground Railroad, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Henry James' Daisy Miller and Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome.

ENGL 3315 S10 - Joakim Nilsson

Studies in Chaucer. In 1348, the Black Death arrived in England, and soon killed almost half the population. Those who survived found themselves in a society filled with social and economic opportunities. We will explore how Geoffrey Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales, would become the premier commentator on this changing English society.

ENGL 3320 S10 - Fred Ribkoff

Studies in Shakespeare: Performing Shakespeare. “Suit the action to the word, the word to the action,” advises Hamlet. And so we shall! All the classroom is our stage, and we will play upon it. Titus Andronicus, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew.

ENGL 3336 S10 - Robert Dearle

The Victorian Novel, 1837 - 1900. What the Dickens? Yes, him and a few others besides. Join us as we explore some of the more accessible novels from the period named for England’s second-longest reigning monarch.

ENGL 4409 S10 - Paul Ohler

Henry James and Edith Wharton, a Literary Friendship. ENGL 4409 will explore the fiction and non-fiction of Henry James and Edith Wharton. Reading for the course will include The Portrait of a Lady, The House of Mirth, Summer, and The Age of Innocence.