English

ENGL 100 Critical Reading & Writing I

This course develops students' proficiency in critical reading and writing through the study of a wide range of non-literary and literary texts, and the study of composition, with emphasis on connections between modes of reading and writing.

 

ENGL 110 Critical Reading & Writing II

A study of a special topic in literature, which may include non-literary texts, in conjunction with a continuation of the writing program begun in Engl 100. English 110 is offered each semester. Topics vary depending on the professor. 

 

ENGL 110 The Cannibal Motif in Literature 

In this course, we will study literal and figurative depictions of human beings eating other human beings in a wide range of texts and from a number of perspectives. Applying critical reading skills to literary representations of cannibalism, we will seek to question continuously the ideological purposes served by such representations, considering, for example, gender, race, and class implications. The course starts with a critical examination of the word "cannibal", particularly its introduction and incorporation into the English language. Some of the texts studied may include encyclopaedia entries under “cannibal”/”cannibalism”; myths and fairy tales; Montaigne’s "Of Cannibals"; travel accounts; Swift’s "A Modest Proposal"; Twain’s "Cannibalism in the Cars"; Lovecraft’s "The Picture in the House"; Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus; and Cormac McCarthy's The Road. We will devote roughly two-thirds of class time to the study of literature and one-third to the study of composition techniques. 

 

ENGL 110 Downfall and Disaster: The Tragic Hero and Heroine

Starting with Sophocles’ Antigone and concluding with Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, this course examines drama and short fiction that focus on the concept of the tragic hero and heroine—and their opposites, the villain. We examine tragedy in the context of Aristotle’s definition, its Elizabethan interpretation, and its modern-transformation, which includes the emergent anti-hero. The class also continues the writing program begun in English 100.

 

ENGL 110  Children's Fantasy Literature

Did you love the Harry Potter series and want to read more books like it? If so, this class is for you! We will study Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, and The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. We will look at the mythological elements used in the novels, particularly the idea of an archetypal hero, as well as how these novels fit into a tradition of children's literature.

 

ENGL 110 Evil-Doers in Literature

Contemporary culture is both fascinated with and bewildered by the profound moral wrong-doings of persons, institutions, and nations, for which no other term but evil applies. This course examines the philosophical question of evil and its treatment through the lens of literature. How does one define an evil action or person(s) in a world no longer governed by religious principles? What are the conditions necessary for acts of evil to arise? And why does evil persist? These questions and others will be addressed through a careful analysis of 4 primary texts: 2 novellas, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child,  and 2 novels, John Fowles’ The Collector, and Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader

 

ENGL 110 Innocence & Experience

The topic for the class is “Innocence and Experience.” We will begin with four novels— The Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, and Life of Pi—followed by a selection of poetry and non-fiction writing, which will be handed out. We will explore the concepts of “Innocence” and “Experience” through both psychological and social lenses and the implications of these concepts as social constructs. The composition component will follow from English 100, with a focus on essay writing, grammar, and other mechanics of writing as needed. 

 

ENGL 110 Journey Motif

This course will entail an exploration of the use authors make of the journey motif in literature.  In literature “a journey” can reflect the mysteries of the universe, of society, of an individual.  It also can be simply a means to develop plot or character.  Whether a journey in literature is mythic or simple, it is always an adventure.  Texts:  The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy  (Volume One in the Trilogy of Five), Huckleberry Finn, The Odyssey, Penguin Classics, 1991;  Other selections will be handouts. Work: Students will be required to read, reflect, and be prepared to discuss the topic for each class.  

 

ENGL 110 Literature and Science

Destination--moon. In this section of English 110 we will read two classic novels about the moon: H.G. Wells's The First Men In The Moon and Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. We'll look at some background stories, such as the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 and Jules Verne's From the Earth To the Moon of 1865. We'll consider some ways that the moon has been represented in literature, films and popular music. This course aims to develop existing skills of analytical reading and effective writing.

 

ENGL 110 Medicine and Mortality: Illness Narratives

Illness interrupts life stories. It disrupts relationships and identities. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green), The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly (Jean-Dominique Bauby), At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom and Reasons to Live (Amy Hempel) are about terminal illness, disease, injury, disability or loss. If you're still reading at this point, stay with me. It's not all that bad. I promise. There are positives too. This course is about tragedy and humour. To cope, the characters make many jokes. They tell beautiful stories. They find love and community despite threats to their mortality. Yes, these are morbid stories about the effects of cancer, stroke and other illnesses. However, they also inspire because they are about perseverance, hardiness, and overcoming adversity. While reading these texts, students will improve their academic writing skills, develop research strategies, and learn ways to enter scholarly discussions. 

 

ENGL 110 Native American Short Stories

The course will be a reading of short fiction by Indigenous authors from Canada, the United States and possibly Mexico. We will pay attention to how fiction works differently than other genres. We will also discuss the differences between short and long fiction. The focus will be on modern / contemporary Indigenous writers, and readings may include Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Thomas King, etc.

 

ENGL 110 The Psychological Gothic

Haunted houses, pervasive evil, secretive men and vulnerable women: these are the ingredients of the literature of the Gothic. As it developed, though, the Gothic story soon became marked by a growing introversion. The spectres and monsters of the Gothic which had once been dangerously and unreasonably real gradually become figures of nightmare - no less terrifying, but now largely located in the psyche. In this course, we will examine literary works of imaginative terror and horror as they explore the dark side of human experience through the medium of the mind. We will also look at works dealing with the permeable border between the waking world and dreams, between sanity and insanity as well as between the conscious and the unconscious mind. By tracing this branch of Gothic tradition through various manifestations in England and America from the early 19th to the late 20th centuries, students will also consider the universality of the human emotions - of fear, awe at the sublime, terror and horror - which permeate Gothic narratives. The reading list includes short stories, novels and novellas.

 

ENGL 110 Popular Ballad

This course will examine a selection of popular ballads as they are found in Francis James Child's collection The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Filled with violence, tragedy, betrayal and rebellious lovers, the popular ballads are far from the sappy love songs usually associated with the term "ballad." We will examine both the content and form of the ballads to investigate how these supposedly primitive works are able to develop complex characters and plots in little space.

 

ENGL 110 The Metaphor of Evolution 

This class is aimed at developing the skills of analytical reading and effective writing, with a selection of texts in the area of literature and science.

 

ENGL 110 Transgressive Fiction

Transgressive fiction authors use shocking characters and themes to question societal and artistic norms. Their protagonists are lonely, nihilistic, anti-social characters who struggle from an often ill-defined social malaise. Through the works of Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), Jeff Lindsay (Dexter), Amy Hempel (At The Gates of The Animal Kingdom) and others, this course shows that the genre, while controversial and subversive at times, often involves not-so-shocking motivations like the quest for community, recognition and love. We will examine the evolution of this genre and establish why these works, which often escape scholarly consideration, remain so popular with an eclectic and devoted audience. 

 

ENGL 110 Responses to War in Literature

War is a human reality that has affected the lives of billions of people throughout history.  It has impacted millions in the twentieth century alone and continues its influence on everyone in the world today.  This course will explore attitudes about and towards war embedded in literature. Selections of literature will include novels, a play,  and poetry. Texts include: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis, and Henry V by Shakespeare. Other literary works, which include poetry selections connected with the theme of war by Owen, Housman, Shakespeare, Brooke, Crane, Hardy, Lewis, Enright, will be handouts.

 

ENGL 110 Victorian Obsessions

This course examines the nineteenth-century fascination with death. We will begin with a brief survey of the recent resurgence of vampirism in many books, television shows, and films. After a discussion of the Victorian patterns of mourning in Tennyson’s In Memoriam, we will venture into the science of death and cover topics such as mesmerism, vivisection, and phrenology. We will also investigate Victorian ideas about the body and sensations in Lewes’ The Physiology of Common Life and the sexuality of death in Swinburne’s “The Leper.” Stoker’s text will provide the backdrop for exploration into the nineteenth-century cemetery and death spaces, the horror of death, and fascinations with blood and revivification. Excerpts from recent vampire material, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, and Twilight, will complement our study of Dracula. We will conclude the course with Hardy’s Poems 1912-13 by examining how attitudes towards death and mourning have evolved since Tennyson’s In Memoriam. The composition component will focus on effective essay writing and research.

 

ENGL 110 Western Canadian Fiction

This course examines the representation of the Western Canadian experience in several novels and short stories written in the last forty years. Some of the concerns addressed include male and female experience, Aboriginal issues, the north, rural-urban dynamics, multicultural issues, the effects of the landscape on individual and communal life, and the relationship between region and nation.   

 

ENGL 110 Women & the Arthurian Literary Tradition

Since the Middle Ages to the present day, writers have drawn on the legend of King Arthur and his court to address a range of contemporary concerns, including gender. This course places special emphasis on gender in the Arthurian tradition, including the ways medieval and modern-day women writers have interpreted and transformed the tradition.

 

ENGL 211 Lit Survey I Fiction

This course is designed to be an historical survey of the best and most representative works of poetry, prose and drama written in English between the Middle Ages and the present. Therefore, it forms a foundation for further studies in English for students intending to make English a field of concentration. It introduces students to major writers, the principal literary genres, the culture and history surrounding the key texts; it also offers practice in methods of academic research and basic techniques of critical writing. Course texts will be discussed in relation to their relevant religious, philosophical, and political backgrounds, as well as to antecedent and subsequent literary works.

 

ENGL 212 Lit Survey II

English 212 will be a survey of English literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Romantics (1780 - 1830), the Victorians (1830 - 1900), The Modernists (1900 - 1960) and Post-Modernists (1960 - 2015). The anthology of poetry, prose and drama will provide historical background and a selection of works from each period. The approaches will include close reading of some important and representative works and attention to literary, historical and cultural contexts.

 

ENGL 221 Poetry

This course offers students practice in the interpretation and analysis of poetry. Through the study of a wide range of poetic genres, this course provides students with a shared vocabulary of literary terms for the critical discussion of formal, stylistic, and historical aspects of individual texts and of poetic traditions. The course will not be organized as a chronological survey; instead, lectures and readings will be grouped around different categories: conceptions of the role of the poet, poetic forms or styles, and individual authors.

 

ENGL 222 Fiction

This course offers practice in the reading and interpretation of fiction. The emphasis is on the critical analysis of both short and long fiction, as well as on the reading of a variety of fictional types from different historical periods. Through the study of a wide range of fictional genres, this course provides students with methods and a vocabulary for the formal, stylistic, cultural and historical study of both individual texts and the traditions of fiction.  It places emphasis on novels and short stories (by various authors) that explore the concept of “narrative” or story as an integral part of human life and understanding.  The course also examines how such narrative strategies as plot, character, point of view, and language construct meaning.  Through their reading of a range of short and long fiction during the course, students will be 1) learning about various narrative techniques, styles, symbols, and themes available to fiction writers, and 2) developing skills of reading, evaluating, and writing about the genre of fiction. 

 

ENGL 223 Drama

Practice in the analysis of drama. Through the study of dramatic traditions and selected plays (considered both as written texts and as performance), this course provides students with methods and a shared critical vocabulary to enhance their understanding, enjoyment, and critique of drama as a ritualized mode of cultural experience. 

 

ENGL 251 Expository Persuasive Writing

This course is intended to help students read and write more effectively by improving their skills in analysis and composition. All good writing shares qualities such as unity, coherence, precision, clarity, interest, logic and originality. Students in this class try their hands at different kinds of writing, and study and discuss others’ essays as well as their own to improve their writing skills. Practicing these skills by reading the writing of accomplished essayists and by writing a variety of assignments and essays enables students to articulate their views on any kind of issue, subject or text with greater confidence. Throughout the course, students will examine – and gain experience with – three types type of communication: personal, persuasive and expository. In addition they will also focus on writing as a process including prewriting, drafting and revision, so that they can learn how to both inform and persuade their readers successfully. In addition to examples of expository essays, the material studied will include both rhetorical strategies and practical composition advice.

 

ENGL 252 Creative Writing I

An introduction to the craft of creative writing, with work in poetry, drama, and prose fiction. Note: All students wishing to enrol in this course must submit a sample of their creative writing and be interviewed by the instructor before registering.

 

ENGL 271 (ENGL 386AL) Health Studies & Literature

This course focuses on how knowledge of creativity, and understanding through reading and experiencing art, can be understood in the context of health studies. Students will learn to better understand how individuals experience, negotiate, and process illness, trauma, loss, and suffering. Readings will include creative works that emphasize aging, dying, death, trauma, and suffering, supplemented by readings in ethics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and health humanities. This course is well suited to students in health-related disciplines (Nursing, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Kinesiology and Health, etc.).

 

ENGL 301 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances

We will study 6 of Shakespeare’s plays, considering them in light of their social, political, and theatrical contexts. We will explore the importance of the body, both literal and figurative, in Shakespeare’s representations of gender, class, and ethnicity. We will also discuss the generic conventions of comedy, romance, and tragicomedy; Renaissance stage practices and metatheatrical moments in the plays when Shakespeare draws explicit attention to theatrical performance and audience reception; and the significance of linguistic patterns to constructions of character and expressions of emotional experience. We will view short clips of productions of each play, discussing the significance of production choices. Plays studied could include The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale, for example.

 

ENGL 302 Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies

We will study 6-7 of Shakespeare’s plays (including Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Othello, and King Lear) in light of their social, political, and theatrical contexts. We will explore the importance of the body, both literal and figurative, in Shakespeare's representations of gender, class, ethnicity, sovereignty, and psychological experience. We will consider Renaissance understandings of history, the conventions of tragedy, and the staging of spectacles of violence, madness, and the supernatural. We will view clips of productions of each play and discuss production choices.

 

ENGL 303 Milton

We will study some of Milton's major works, including some early poems and political writings. Our primary focus, however, will be on Paradise Lost, Milton's epic poem about "man's first disobedience," the eating of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. We will consider Paradise Lost in its historical and literary contexts, exploring, for example, discourses of colonialism and gender in Milton's retelling of the Fall; the place of his compelling depiction of Satan and his revenge against God in the literary tradition; and the epic's engagement with scientific and medical theory in episodes like Raphael's detailed description of the digestive processes of angels. 

 

ENGL 304 The Poetry of G.M. Hopkins

This course studies the work and poetic theories of G.M.Hopkins, the nineteenth century poet who is acknowledged as a major precursor of modern poetry.  He was, however, unknown and unpublished in his own time because his poetry was quite revolutionary in the context of Victorian poetics. His highly original and exciting experimentation with poetic rhythms and language, and his revitalizing of the  English poetic tradition,  greatly influenced the development of the new poetry of the twentieth century, and he is  today ranked  among the major poets in English literature. 

 

ENGL 304AC Yeats

W. B. Yeats' literary creations span a period of more than fifty years. In his youth he determined that his life's work would be primarily that of writing poetry. He became one of the foremost poets of his time as well as a playwright and a statesman. Material for the course will focus on Yeats' changing themes and styles in selected pieces of his poetry and may include a few plays and short fiction pieces.

 

ENGL 304AP  Comedies of Menace: Pinter 

In this course, we will study works spanning the career of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter: the master of menace, the crafter of the “Pinter Pause,” and the originator of the “Pinteresque.” In Pinter’s plays, the everyday innocuous rapidly degenerates to become the very strange and ominous. A woman on holiday visits the remaining members of her husband’s family, who offer her an alternative life of domestic “bliss.” A lodger at a seaside bed and breakfast is thrown a birthday party by the elderly female proprietor and two mysterious guests. A manipulative tramp is given temporary lodging by down-and-out brothers in their depressing hovel of a home. A group of friends enjoy a cocktail party while outside the army marches, arresting their family members, friends, and colleagues. *Warning: you will leave this course completely unsettled and with your faith in theatre restored.*

 

ENGL 310AE Canadian First Nations Drama

This course will examine works by prominent Canadian First Nation playwrights. While reading the plays closely, as text and as works meant to be performed, we will consider questions such as What constitutes Native Canadian Drama? and Is it just the content that makes these plays Native or are there formal / aesthetic / cultural differences as well? Playwrights to be considered may include Marie Clements, Tomson Highway, Monique Mojica, D. D. Moses, Ian Ross, etc.

 

ENGL 310 AG Canadian Native Literature

This course is a survey of contemporary Canadian Native Literature written in English. The survey will begin with so-called protest or resistance writing from the 1960's and 1970's and examine developments since then, focusing on both divergences and continuities in the writing. Drama, fiction and poetry will be considered. Writers to be considered may include Maria Campbell, Jeannette Armstrong, Thomas King, Richard Wagamese, Eden Robinson, Tomson Highway, Gregory Scofield, Louise Halfe, etc.

 

ENGL 313 AF Western Canadian Literature

This course will explore poetry and prose relating to Western Canada, including the prairie provinces and British Columbia. Key topics examined may include literature and the environment, writing by women, common tropes of Prairie writing, history and literature, the emerging West, poetics, theories of regionalism, and literary history of the West.

 

ENGL 328 Cannibals & the Renaissance

The course will begin with an overview of recent debates about the subject of cannibalism in anthropology and other disciplines, as well as analysis of the colonial history of the word “cannibal,” which entered the English language in the Renaissance as a result of Columbus’s voyages. During the semester we will examine the ideological functions served by depictions of cannibalism in a range of texts, including literary works like Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe; early European travel writing; religious tracts; and medical treatises. We will explore examples of revenge, famine, and medicinal cannibalism (or corpse medicine) in light of Renaissance discussion about the nutritional and medical value of human flesh. We will also investigate how accusations of cannibalism worked to justify persecution of Europe’s ‘Others’ or, alternatively, to critique hierarchies of power.

 

ENGL 329 Tudor & Stuart Theatre 

In "Tudor & Stuart Theatre," we will read 6-8 representative examples of dramatic literature (including plays, closet drama, and masques) from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in light of their social, political, and theatrical contexts. In particular, we will consider such topics as performance and publication history; the body-mind relationship, including depictions of emotional experience; cultural attitudes toward revenge, witchcraft, and demonic possession; and discourses of gender, race, and class. Authors studied in the course will include Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, Elizabeth Cary, and Ben Jonson. 

 

ENGL 329 Early Modern Horror

This course explores early modern dramatic literature that aims to shock or horrify through spectacles of violence, evocations of the supernatural (ghosts and demons), or treatment of taboo subjects. We will examine plays in light of visual artwork, popular culture, and social practices like public executions. We will also consider early modern (and modern) theories of horror and audience engagement. Texts studied could include ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Revenger’s Tragedy, and The Witch of Edmonton, for example.

 

ENGL 336AE Lyric Romanticism

This course will examine primarily the works of the major Romantic poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats) in the context of the revolutionary literary trends of the late 18th and early 19th centuries: the focus on humanism and primal innocence, the shift to subjectivity and individuality and emphasis on the ego as catalyst to creativity, the rejection of poetic diction, the creation of new mythologies including one of nature, the use of symbolism, and the reliance on the powers of the imagination rather than reason to attain truth. This new poetics, with its emphasis on the lyric as the essence of poetry, was to affect the course and development of literature to the present day.

 

ENGL 336AC Victorian Poetry

This course takes as its focus the place of poetry in the culture of the Victorians. The poets of this period rose to the challenge of developing new forms, such as the dramatic monologue, and reinventing classic forms, such as the elegy, the sonnet sequence and the epic, to meet the demands of their changing world. In this class we will study works by diverse poets: we will investigate and enjoy their experimentation with form and language as well as their engagement with important social, political, and cultural issues. A continuing question for us will be how they understood the role of poets and poetry in their increasingly technological and scientific world; we will also consider the special problems (or advantages) of writing as a woman poet at this time. As important, though, will be for us to revel in the energy of their verse, which for sheer aesthetic variety easily equals that of any of the other poetic ages of literary history. Finally, by reading Victorian poems in their contexts, we will discover key aspects of Victorian culture, history and thought. Therefore, this course counts towards the requirement for a period III class. 

 

ENGL 338AC Modern British Poetry

This course is survey of new thematic trends and prosodic innovations in 20th century British poetry. It examines the various poetic reactions to the dramatic changes in society - the world wars, the political, social and scientific revolutions/evolutions, the new theories in psychology - of the last 100 years. It focuses largely on the works of major poets who were most influential on the development of modern poetry: T. Hardy, G.M. Hopkins, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, and W.H. Auden.

 

ENGL 338AF Theatre of the Absurd

In this course, we will study works spanning the career of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter: the master of menace, the crafter of the “Pinter Pause,” and the originator of the “Pinteresque.” In Pinter’s plays, the everyday innocuous rapidly degenerates to become the very strange and ominous. A woman on holiday visits the remaining members of her husband’s family, who offer her an alternative life of domestic “bliss.” A lodger at a seaside bed and breakfast is thrown a birthday party by the elderly female proprietor and two mysterious guests. A manipulative tramp is given temporary lodging by down-and-out brothers in their depressing hovel of a home. A group of friends enjoy a cocktail party while outside the army marches, arresting their family members, friends, and colleagues. *Warning: you will leave this course completely unsettled and with your faith in theatre restored.*

 

ENGL 339AA Studies in Poetry: Performance Poetry

English 339 will explore various forms of literature as the basis for performance. This will include selections from ancient works such as the Odyssey, from dramatic works such as plays by Shakespeare, and from song lyrics of the Medieval troubadors to modern artists such as Bob Dylan. Other topics will include the beat poetry of the 1950s and 1960s, and rap music of the 1980s and after. One central question will be how performance affects the experience and understanding of literature.

 

ENGL 342AC Holocaust

This course explores the nature of writing about the Holocaust through a study of literary and other texts that implicate readers in the psychological aspects of the Holocaust. Readings will include psychological studies, as well as literary and historical texts, and will highlight the complexity of studying the Holocaust.

 

ENGL 371AE Gothic Fiction

This course explores at an advanced level the development of one of the most popular, and infamous, genres, the Gothic novel, as well as its connections to Romanticism and its later transformations.  In these texts, desire, violence, monstrosity, terror, and horror combine to push the boundaries of what can and cannot be represented in polite society.  Beginning in the eighteenth century, this course traces the development of the Gothic from horror to romance. Students will examine both the masculine tradition of the horror Gothic, and the feminine tradition of the terror gothic which challenges and replies to it; they will also consider some philosophical and aesthetic theories which shaped contemporary readers’ experiences of the Gothic. Next the course shifts to the study of some nineteenth-century practitioners of the Gothic, in order to examine their daring reinterpretation of Gothic elements.  The authors expose the reader to the irrational, unknown or inexplicable in the self and in society through their more internalized and psychological fictions. By tracing the Gothic tradition through various manifestations in England and America, students will consider the universality of the human emotions – of fear, awe at the sublime, terror, and horror – which permeate Gothic narratives.   Because it covers key aspects of the culture, history and thought of the eras to which it belongs, this course also fulfills the requirement for a period III class.

 

ENGL 374 Studies in the Short Story

This course studies a variety of short stories, primarily of the 19th and 20th centuries, from pioneers such as Poe and Hawthorne to contemporary Canadian, including Saskatchewan, writers. The basic approach is traditional analysis of character, plot structure, setting, imagery, symbolism and theme. However, exploration of theoretical approaches is encouraged, as various stories lend themselves to feminist, post-colonial and other modes of study. Work will be: mid-term and final exams and essay writing. See the Campion web site for notes about the instructor's teaching methods.

 

ENGL 377AF Staging the Passion

In this course, we will examine theatrical representations of Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection, from its early remembrance and re-enactment in the ritual of the Mass and the Easter liturgy to its reinterpretation and re-imagination in plays such as Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi and Adrienne Kennedy’s Motherhood 2000. As we discuss texts ranging from the early and late medieval to the postmodern, we will note and attempt to understand two apparently opposing representational impulses: to historicize the events leading to and including Christ’s death, and to transpose those events, making them contemporaneous with the time of theatrical production. Texts to be discussed will include Jesus Christ Superstar, the York Crucifixion and Death of Christ, the N-Town Passion Play, the Croxton Play of the Sacrament, Ghelderode’s The Women at the Tomb, McNally’s Corpus Christi, Kennedy’s Motherhood 2000, and the film Jesus of Montreal. Some previous experience with late medieval English literature would be beneficial but is not required.

 

ENGL 380 The English Elegy

This course studies the elegy in English as an evolving form. We begin with an examination of the major elegies in the English tradition, from the Renaissance to the end of the Victorian era. We then turn our attention to the many shifts in elegy in the twentieth century, with particular moments of focus on topics such as war elegy, cancer elegy, AIDS elegy, elegy and anti-elegy, elegy and tradition, women’s elegy, and the elegy’s contribution to our understanding of the processes of mourning. 

 

ENGL 384AG Images of Indigenous People

In the Forward to Hollywood's Indian: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Film, Wilcomb E. Washburn of the Smithsonian Institute writes, "(the) image of the American Indian, more than that of any other ethnic group, has been shaped by film." His observation applies to Indigenous peoples on both sides of the American-Canadian border. With this in mind the focus of the class will be on the representation of Indigenous peoples in popular films and what that might tell us about the construction of non-Indigenous identities.

 

ENGL 386AE  Literature and the Environment

This course examines trends in Canadian and American environmental literature, focusing on work in the last 100 years or so, and includes such topics as nature poetry and the environment, aesthetics, gender, poetics, and prose approaches. We will be centrally concerned with what the trends have been over the past century and in how contemporary writers relate to a larger tradition. A key focus will be writing in the last 30 years.

 

Engl 386AL Trauma, Loss, and Health

This course focuses on how knowledge of creativity, and understanding through reading and experiencing art, can be understood in the context of health. Students will learn to better understand how individuals experience, negotiate, and process illness, trauma, loss, and suffering. Readings will include creative works (poetry, prose, paintings, and film) that emphasize aging, dying, death, trauma, and suffering, supplemented by readings in ethics, psychology, anthropology, and sociology.

 

ENGL 387 Special Studies in Genre-Ideas of the University

This course explores representations of the university in literature, considering such issues as the purpose(s) of university education and research (for example, pure knowledge as opposed to practical or commercial applications), the university as a community and the university as part of the wider community (sometimes described as the town/gown relationship). Texts include recent novels set in universities and a course-pack of shorter selections to provide some of the long historical context.

 

ENGL 387AB Science Fiction

From aliens and apocalypse to alternate histories and hacker’s dens, science fiction takes its readers to other worlds in order to help them reflect on their own. This course will provide a historical and thematic approach to the study of science fiction, from early works on space travel to explorations of mass communication, advertising, and modified consciousness. Throughout, we will discuss why science and technology have provided particularly fruitful avenues for discussing issues of, and anxieties around, identity, morality, and what it means to be human.

 

ENGL 388 Methods: Literary Genre

The aim of this course is to introduce students to English Literature through genre, the concept of grouping literary works together according to their forms and characteristics.  Genres are not simply classifications for literary works, but sets of implicit and explicit conventions that are shared over time between writers and readers.  Therefore this class encourages students to consider the role that genre plays in the reading and interpretation of literary texts.  We will also look at how certain writers choose to blur or even violate generic boundaries in their explorations of a given genre since many of the best works exemplify their genre by redefining it in new or unexpected ways.  This course examines selected important literary genres through representative works of lyric poetry, satire, romance, comedy, tragedy, gothic/ horror and detective fiction.

 

ENGL 389 The Long Poem

This course begins with a historical look at the long poem as form and then proceeds to an examination of several significant 20th century examples with a specific focus on book-length poems. Our reading of the texts will be supplemented by the study of several key theoretical and critical works. Authors examined will include T.S. Eliot, Donald Hall, Robert Kroetsch, Daphne Marlatt, Mary Oliver, and William Carlos Williams.

 

ENGL 415/803 Colonialism & Renaissance Lit

Focusing on English/Englished texts primarily from the seventeenth century, we will explore the influence of the ‘discovery’ of the New World on early modern literature and culture, considering, for example, reactions to new lands, peoples, products (like tobacco), and diseases. We will study travel writing, religious tracts, poetry, drama, and prose fiction, examining how discourses of colonialism intersect with other discourses, including those of race, gender, class, religion, and nation. Texts studied may include King James’s A Counterblaste to Tobacco, Montaigne’s “Of Cannibals,” Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Donne’s sermon to the Virginia planters, Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, and travel accounts by Frobisher.

 

ENGL 415AF The Body in 17th Century Literature

Using a number of theoretical approaches, we will examine representations of the body and its functions in literary and medical texts from the 17th century. We will consider how these representations reflect cultural values and perpetuate gender, economic, nationalist, and colonialist ideology.

 

ENGL415AG/803AG Gender and Shrew-Taming Plays

We will explore literary depictions of gender relations and other hierarchies of power by focusing on four shrew-taming plays of the late 16th and 17th centuries: The Taming of A Shrew, The Taming of The Shrew, The Woman's Prize, and Sauny the Scot.

 

ENGL 425AA/805AA Romanticism of John Keats

Literary critics have, for the most part, bemoaned the early death of John Keats, the “apostle of beauty”, seeing in his relatively small canon the potential of a poetic genius and a new Shakespeare. In this course, students will read Keats’ poetry, as well as his correspondence with his contemporaries, in an attempt to understand his aesthetic theories and the critics’ evaluation of his work. We will also examine his particular brand of Romanticism in the context of the literary movement which changed the course of poetry and of poetic history. Grading is based on a class presentation, a major paper, and final examination.

 

ENGL 430AF/806AF The Brownings

This Honours and Graduate seminar will explore the writings of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, including the two book-length poems Aurora Leigh and The Ring and the Book

 

ENGL 435AL Holocaust Literature

This is a course on the study of Holocaust Literature written in English. We will study a range of genres, including memoir, novel, short fiction, poetry, drama, and other media to seek to understand the complexity of Holocaust representation in literature.

 

ENGL 440AD  Canadian Poetry Since 1970

This course examines a variety of poets from the 1970s onwards, including firmly established as well as new voices. A broad spectrum of poetic forms, styles, and philosophies are represented in the readings. The purpose of the study of this corpus of poems is not so much to determine the predominating trends, though this will be an issue we will raise, but to explore how a varied group of poets approach the question of finding a meaningful poetic to write with in the contemporary era. 

 

ENGL 440AJ Mourning and Memorial in Canadian Literature

This course examines key Canadian texts dealing with mourning and memorialization post 1950. The class considers significant theoretical concerns relating to mourning and memorial going back to the earliest literary expressions (Greek and Roman) and extending to contemporary theories and applies them to a range of fictional and poetic texts.

 

ENGL 485AD/820AO Advanced Studies in Creative Writing

This is a seminar/workshop course in the practice of writing poetry—a spiritual practice, perhaps?

Much of our in-class time will be spent work shopping each other’s poems—readings from our texts, including contemporary poetry and theoretical reflections on the practice, will allow us to participate in these discussions in an informed and intelligent manner. You will be expected to produce new work that will then be the focus of peer review. Workshops will consist of close examination and discussion of each student’s poems, with an emphasis on line, image, sound, rhythm, and density (of language and thought).

Concrete imagery, musicality, and careful and precise thought will be our motto—and constant revision will be necessary. As for subject matter, write what you dare.