2200-3999 Level Courses (Honors)
2014-15 Academic Year
These courses require prerequisites. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have successfully completed all course prerequisites and that they have not taken an antirequisite course. The 2013/14 Academic Calendar reads: "Students are responsible for ensuring that their selection of courses is appropriate and accurately recorded, that all course prerequisites have been successfully completed, and that they are aware of any antirequisite course(s) that they have taken. If the student does not have the requisites for a course, and does not have written special permission from his or her Dean to enroll in the course, the University reserves the right to cancel the student's registration in the course. This decision may not be appealed" (Read full statement on Student Responsibility for Course Selection).
2200F/G - History of Theory and Criticism
An introduction to important issues in the history of literary criticism and theory from Plato to the twentieth century. 3 hours, 0.5 course
2210F/G - Contemporary Theory and Criticism
This course builds on the historical foundations of English 2200F/G to concentrate on important issues in contemporary literary theory and criticism. 3 hours, 0.5 course.
2220F/G - Studies in Narrative Theory
An introduction to important issues and concepts in the theory and analysis of narrative from different periods. 3 hours, 0.5 course.
2230F/G - Studies in Poetics
An introduction to important issues and concepts in the theory and analysis of poetry from different periods.3 hours, 0.5 course.
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||2230G / 650 (Online)
2240G - Feminist Literary Theory
An introduction to critical debates in twentieth-century feminist literary theory. Students will study (1) the diversity of feminist approaches to literature, literary production, the politics of language, questions of genre and subjectivity; and (2) the intersections among feminist literary theories, postcolonialism, Marxism, anti-racist criticism, queer theory, and post-structuralism. 3 hours, 0.5 course.
2250G - Introduction to Cultural Studies
An introduction to cultural studies methodology and theory, and the history of cultural studies as a discipline.
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2260F - National and Global Perspectives on Cultural Studies
Topic: Corporeal courtesy: politeness, disgust, and fear of the “improper” body in a globalized world
An examination of the history, practice, and goals of cultural studies in various national, para-national, and diasporic contexts, with attention to Australia, Britain, Canada, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad, and the United States, and to cultural studies contributions to critical and postcolonial theory. 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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2307E - Major British Authors
What makes a literary classic? How do matters of gender, sexuality, race, class, or nation shape assumptions about literature and authorship? This survey charts the changing forms of British literature through study both of its major authors – from Shakespeare to Shelley, Austen to Rushdie – and some less celebrated writers. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course.
2308E - American Literature Survey
This course offers a survey of important texts and authors from the Puritan and Revolutionary periods to the present. It addresses not only the major movements and styles of American literature associated with such authors as Poe, Dickinson, Twain, Hemingway, and Morrison, but also the innovative work of less familiar Indigenous and ethnic authors. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.
2309E - Canadian Literature Survey
What does literature tell us about the making of a nation and its citizens? Spanning the period from imperial exploration to Confederation to the present day, this course examines Canada’s vibrant literary culture. Students will encounter a diverse range of genres and authors, from accounts of early explorers to current internationally acclaimed and award-winning writers.
2310E - Global Literatures in English Survey
This course offers students a great opportunity to survey of the links between and among different literary traditions and innovations across such diverse geographic regions as Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and the Caribbean. Through close reading of literary texts written in English, students will explore how cultures produce different--often competing--ways of making meaning. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.
2400E - Dramatic Forms and Genres
Course withdrawn on main campus only. Now Theatre Studies 2203E: Forms and Genres of Theatre.
2500E - The Novel
A survey of the novel, chiefly English and American, but including Continental texts, from Cervantes to the present day. Exploration of the nature of this genre is combined with critical examination of each work. It is wise to read as many of the texts as possible before the course begins. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.
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2620G - Special Topics: Laughing Feminisms (cross-listed with Women's Studies 2252G)
Description tba. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
2680F - Sport in Literature (cross-listed with Kineseology 3778F)
A study of sport as portrayed through works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry whose central focus is sport. The principal aim of the course is to examine the nature and significance of sport through a survey of sport literature with an emphasis on the novel. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
3001 - History of the English Language
A study of the historical development of English phonology, morphology, orthography and syntax from Old English to the modern period. At the same time, we examine the changing roles of English (commercial, literary, and administrative) and the different varieties of the language available to its many speakers. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.
3012 - Old English Language and Literature
Studying the language and literature of England a millennium ago, we will move from introducing the language to simple prose texts to the poetry of the Exeter and Vercelli Books, and for most of the second term to the study of Beowulf. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.
3116E - Middle English Literature
This course is an introduction to some of the major texts and themes of Middle English literature, with an emphasis on Chaucer and his contemporaries. Examples of medieval drama, romances, texts from the Arthurian tradition, and medieval autobiography and letter-writing may also be included. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.
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3224E - Renaissance Literature
Poetry and prose from the renaissance/early modern period, covering a range of male and female authors, including such writers as More, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Lanyer, Donne, Jonson, Wroth, Herbert, Herrick, Marvell, and Milton; examination of their individual achievements will be combined with studies of form and genre, and the surrounding historical context. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.
3227E - Shakespeare
Shakespeare remains one of the most influential of English writers. This course studies twelve plays across a range of genres. Instructors may integrate theatre-oriented exercises and/or other dramatic or non-dramatic material, depending on individual emphasis. When possible, the teaching program will include an autumn theatre trip.
3334E - Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
This course will introduce you to a tumultuous age of trenchant satire, witty sexual comedy, and public controversy. Topics covered will include: the emergence of the modern novel, the rise of the woman author, and the relationship between nature, the imagination, and sensibility.
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3444E - Nineteenth-Century Literature
From revolution to evolution, this course explores how Romantic and Victorian literature shaped the modern world. Through the study of major novelists, poets, essayists, and dramatists, we will consider issues such as nature and imagination, science and rationalism, gender and sexuality, nation and empire, industry and work, prophecy and vision.
3554E - Twentieth Century British and Irish Literature
This course is framed by the question “What does it mean to be modern?” To answer this question, we will explore problems of history, language, and genre in the work of writers like T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Mina Loy, Samuel Beckett, Jean Rhys, Julian Barnes, and Jeanette Winterson.
3556E - Twentieth Century Drama
The modern period is marked by a number of social, political, and aesthetic tensions. How does theatre remain relevant amidst these pressures, especially as the stage gives way first to the cinema, then to the TV screen, and now to the internet? We will look at texts both canonical and non-canonical, spanning 1890 to the present day.
3666F - American Drama
What is America, as a theatrical idea? How does the stage reflect the nation, its myths and aspirations? This course explores theatre as a “public art” form in the modern and contemporary United States, reading a variety of dramatists that may include Hansberry, Kushner, Miller, O’Neill, Parks, Williams, and Wilson.
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3776G - Canadian Drama
What does it mean to “perform” being Canadian? How does the stage help us to evolve a definition of this nation? Should it? This course examines Canada’s comparatively young dramatic tradition, its present, its future, and our role in its making, with a strong emphasis on in-class, group-based performance work.
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3880G - First Nations Literatures (cross-listed with First Nations 3880G)
This course will introduce students to a diverse range of Indigenous cultural practices, primarily North American, which might include oral narratives, writings, and visual and performance materials. Students will also consider how these practices both shape and are shaped by specific historical and geographical contexts.
3882G - Topics in Postcolonial Literature: Postcolonial Criticism and Late Twentieth-Century African Literatures
This course will be broad enough to provide an introduction to Postcolonial Literature, but narrower in focus than English 2310E. It may concentrate on a particular geographical area, or use some other principle of selection. Consult the Department for offerings.
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3998E - Creative Writing Workshop
A workshop intended to develop skills in creative writing through individually supervised assignments. Students should expect to produce a substantial quantity of work. Enrollment limited.
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