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 100-C01 Critical Reading & Writing I
ENGL 100-C02 (for Campion students)
Susan Bauman CRN 11170 (C01); 11171 (C02) MWF 1230-1320
ENGL 100-C03 Critical Reading & Writing I
ENGL 100-C04 (for Campion students)
Deborah Hoffman CRN 11172 (C03); 11173 (C04) TR 1130-1245
ENGL 110-C01 Critical Reading & Writing II: Western Canadian Fiction
ENGL 110-C02 (for Campion students)
Christian Riegel CRN 11196 (C01); 11197 (C02) T 1730-2015
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-C03 Critical Reading & Writing II: Cannibal Motif in Literature
ENGL 110-C04 (for Campion students)
Jan Purnis CRN 11198 (C03); 11199 (C04) TR 1300-1415
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-C05 Critical Reading & Writing II
ENGL 110-C06 (for Campion students)
Deborah Hoffman CRN 11200 (C05); 11201 (C06) MWF 1330-1420
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-C07 Critical Reading & Writing II: Children’s Fantasy Literature
ENGL 110-C08 (for Campion students)
Kathryn MacLennan CRN 11202 (C07); 11203 (C08) MWF 1230-1320
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 251-C01 Expository Persuasive Writing
Susan Bauman CRN 11222 MWF 1430-1520
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 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. Along with examples of expository essays, the material studied will include both rhetorical strategies and practical composition advice.
ENGL 302-C01 Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies
Jan Purnis CRN 11225 TR 1000-1115
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 377AF-C01 Staging the Passion
Leanne Groeneveld CRN 11229 TR 1300-1415
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 386AL-C01 Health, Trauma, and Loss
Christian Riegel CRN 11232 TR 1430-1545
This course examines literary works that explore trauma and loss and their relation to health and healing. The course focuses on understanding how individuals experience, negotiate, and process illness, trauma, and suffering through the study of poetry and prose beginning in the Renaissance.