English & Writing StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities

2200-3999 Level Courses (Honors)

2015-16 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 - History of Theory & 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

Fall 2015 2200F / 001 (Evening) M.H. McMurran Syllabus syllabus

2210G - Contemporary Theory & 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.

Winter 2016 2210G / 001 A. Pero Syllabus tba syllabus

2220F - 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.

Fall 2015 2220F / 001 (Evening) G. Donaldson Syllabus syllabus

2230F - 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.

Fall 2015 2230F / 001 T. Freeborn Syllabus syllabus
Winter 2016 2230G / 001 A. Pero Syllabus tba .pdf

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.

Winter 2016 2240G / 001 M. Bassnett Syllabus tba PDF DOWNLOAD

2250F - Introduction to Cultural Studies
An introduction to cultural studies methodology and theory, and the history of cultural studies as a discipline.

Fall 2015 2250F / 001 (Evening) A. DiPonio Syllabus syllabus

2260G - 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.

Winter 2016 2260G / 001 (Evening) Z. McHeimech Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 2307E / 001 M. Stephenson Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2307E / 002 M.H. McMurran Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 2308E / 001 (Evening) K. Stanley Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2308E / 002 J. Kelly Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 2309E / 001 (Evening) D. Pennee Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2309E / 002 M. Jones Syllabus .pdf

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.

Fall/Winter 2310E / 001 (Evening) T. Osinubi Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 2500E / 001
P. Thoms Syllabus .pdf

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.

Fall 2015 2680F / 001 D. Morrow Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 3001 / 001 R. Moll Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 3012 / 001 J. Toswell Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 3116E / 001 A. Schuurman (McTaggart) Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 3224E / 001 J. Leonard Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 3227E / 001 M.J. Kidnie Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 3227E / 002 J. Devereux Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 3227E / 650 (Online) G. Donaldson Syllabus syllabus

3228F - Topics in Renaissance Literature - Topic: Milton

Fall 2015 3228F / 001 J. Leonard Syllabus syllabus

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. 

Fall/Winter 3444E / 001 C. Keep Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 3444E / 002 (Evening) P. Thoms Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 3554E / 001 A. Lee Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 3554E / 002 J. Boulter Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 3556E / 001 K. Solga Syllabus syllabus

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.

Fall 2015 3666F / 001 G. Ramos Syllabus syllabus

3700E - Women & Literature: Special Topics - Topic: Consuming Women (offered at King's)
This course examines the cultural construction of women as consumers—and as the consumed— in British literature from the nineteenth century to the new millennium. As the local village draper’s gave way to an urban nexus of department stores, tea shops and mass transportation, the woman shopper emerged in Britain by mid-century to engage a world of consumer pleasures. But if women were purchasing goods in new ways, they still existed as objects of exchange, whether as potential wives who circulated on the marriage market or as sex trade workers on the streets. The course, then, will consider how texts since the nineteenth century imagine women’s economic agency as consumers even as they continue to emphasize femininity as that which is exchanged, a doubled inscription that renders women as both subjects and objects of cultural scrutiny. In addition to observing women’s commodification, we will also take up how their tactics as household managers, shoplifters, shop girls, suffragettes, flâneuses, and commercially successful writers could also enable them to become actively consuming subjects. Women shoppers were not only on the market in the modern period; they also went to market, looking to shape and form their identities through a world of commodity goods. The course will study a range of literary texts including prose fiction and non-fiction, drama, and poetry as well as cultural documents like fashion columns and advertisements.

Fall/Winter 3700E / 650 (Online) K. Lysack Syllabus syllabus

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.

Winter 2016 3776G / 001 (Evening) M. Hartley Syllabus tba PDF DOWNLOAD

3777F - Topics in Canadian Literature - Topic: Canadian Literature, Creativity, and the Local
This course examines the literature of Southwestern Ontario since 1970, considering Alice Munro and others who find inspiration in London, Ontario and the surrounding area for fiction poetry, and drama. Students will develop critical, creative, and experiential perspectives and will work with community partners, exploring course concepts in a real-world setting. 

Fall 2015 3777F / 001
M. Jones Syllabus PDF DOWNLOAD

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.

Winter 2016 3880G / 001 P. Wakeham Syllabus tba PDF DOWNLOAD

3882G - Topics in Postcolonial Literature - Topic: The Global Novel in New African Writing
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. 

Winter 2016 3882G / 001 T. Osinubi Syllabus syllabus

3900G - Special Topics - Children's Literature and Advertising Culture
Advertising is a central institution in our consumeristic culture, and children are an important but problematic target for the advertising industry: children wield power as potential consumers of toys, foods, and television programs, but lawmakers also seek to protect children from advertising that might compromise their health or values. Children’s literature is situated uneasily within this cultural minefield. The stories we tell children are themselves products, and they are implicated in a merchandizing industry that peddles Anne of Green Gables dolls, Winnie the Pooh plush toys, and Disney princess lunch boxes. Many novels for children foreground these problems by examining the roles played by consumption, advertising, and branding in the formation of identity. In a society where we are increasingly defined by the products we purchase – and are expected to package ourselves as products we can peddle to clients, customers, and employers – children’s literature offers a critical perspective on the distinction between person and product. 

Winter 2016 3900G / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus syllabus

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. 

Fall/Winter 3998E / 001 (Evening) C. Manley Syllabus .pdf