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Second-Year + Upper-Level English

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!


Spring 2020 (January-April)

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

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.



Current Semester: Fall 2019 (September-December)

ENGL 2300: Writing in the Digital Age - Jen Hardwick

ENGL 2301: Canadian Literature in English - Greg Chan

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

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