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Undergraduate English Courses

2016 SPRING/SUMMER COURSES

Distance Studies (May 9-Jul 29)

1020E – Understanding English Literature Today
By studying a broad range of exciting and important literary works from the past and present, this course will increase your understanding and appreciation not just of the richness and power of the works themselves, but also of the role of literature in reflecting and shaping our perceptions of the world and of ourselves.

Spring/Summer 1020E / 650 M. Hartley Syllabus tba syllabus
Spring/Summer 1020E / 651 M. Stephenson Syllabus tba syllabus

2033E - Children’s Literature
Readings from significant books written for children, selected primarily for literary quality. Some attention will be given to the historic evolution of "Children's Literature" as a separate class, but the principal aim of the course will be to consider the nature and development of the two major genres: nonsense verse and romance.

Spring/Summer 2033E / 650 C. Suranyi Syllabus tba syllabus
Spring/Summer 2033E / 651 J. Venn Syllabus tba syllabus
Spring/Summer 2033E / 652 tba Syllabus tba syllabus

2071F – Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction
From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, a consideration of the history and development of science fiction. Will include science fiction themes such as the Other, new technologies, chaos theory, cybernetics, paradoxes of space/time travel, first contact, and alien worlds.

Spring/Summer 2071F / 650 J. Kelly Syllabus tba 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.

Spring/Summer 2308E / 650 J. Kelly Syllabus tba 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.

Spring/Summer 3227E / 650 M. Stephenson Syllabus tba syllabus

Intersession (May 6-Jun 24)

2033E – Children’s Literature
Readings from significant books written for children, selected primarily for literary quality. Some attention will be given to the historic evolution of "Children's Literature" as a separate class, but the principal aim of the course will be to consider the nature and development of the two major genres: nonsense verse and romance.

Spring/Summer 2033E / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus tba 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.

Spring/Summer 2307E / 001 P. Thoms Syllabus tba syllabus

Summer Day (Jul 4-Aug 12)

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.

Spring/Summer 3116E / 001 tba Syllabus tba syllabus

Summer Evening (May 9-Jul 29)

No English classes scheduled

2015-16 FALL/WINTER COURSES

1000 Level Courses

1020E - Understanding English Literature Today
By studying a broad range of exciting and important literary works from the past and present, this course will increase your understanding and appreciation not just of the richness and power of the works themselves, but also of the role of literature in reflecting and shaping our perceptions of the world and of ourselves. 3 hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 1020E / 001 J. Plug Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 1020E / 002 J. Boulter Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 1020E / 003 (Evening) A. Schuurman (McTaggart) Syllabus syllabus

1022E - Enriched Introduction to English Literature
This course provides an enriched survey of the major genres, historical periods, and critical approaches to English for students with a particular interest in literature and culture. In lecture and small group tutorials, you will study poetry, prose, and drama with special emphasis on developing superior analytical and writing skills. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 1022E / 001 D. Bentley Syllabus syllabus

1027F - The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative
Storytelling defines who we are and our relation to the community, the nation, and the world. This course explores the rich and diverse traditions of storytelling: such as, oral tales, short stories, classic fiction, and graphic novels. Instruction by lecture and tutorials; emphasis on developing strong analytical and writing skills. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course

Fall 2015 1027F / 001 C. Keep Syllabus syllabus

1028G - The Storyteller’s Art II: Topics in Narrative - The Rise of the Machines
This course explores a particular theme, mode, or genre of storytelling. Consult the Department of English for details of current course offerings. Instruction is by lecture and tutorials; emphasis on developing strong analytical and writing skills. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour. 0.5 course

Winter 2016 1028G / 001 C. Keep Syllabus tba .pdf

2000-2199 Level Courses (No prerequisites)

2017 - Reading Popular Culture
"If Shakespeare were alive today, he'd be writing for television." This course addresses the many forms of popular culture, including television, music, popular fiction and film, urban myths, and celebrities. The aim of this course is to encourage students to develop a critical understanding of all aspects of popular culture. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2017 / 001 N. Joseph Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2017 / 002 (Evening) S. Bruhm Syllabus .pdf

2018A - The Culture of Leadership I: Heroes, Tyrants, Celebrities
This course addresses the complex nature of leadership represented in key works of literature and culture, from Malory to Alice Munro, Shakespeare to David Mamet. We will focus on the ethical dilemmas and moral choices faced by leaders to ask what role a leader plays: hero, manager, thinker, strategist, artist, figurehead, authority? 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2015 2018A / 001 (Evening) L. Reave Syllabus .pdf

2033E - Children’s Literature
Readings from significant books written for children, selected primarily for literary quality. Some attention will be given to the historic evolution of "Children's Literature" as a separate class, but the principal aim of the course will be to consider the nature and development of the two major genres: nonsense verse and romance. 2 lecture hours, 1tutorial hour. 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2033E / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2033E / 002 (Evening) G. Ceraldi Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2033E / 650 (Online) C. Suranyi Syllabus syllabus

2041F - Fall Theatre Production: Middleton's Women Beware Women
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production (Middleton's Women Beware Women) explore in theory and practice approaches to text in performance. Only students working as an actor, director, stage manager, assistant stage manager, lighting, set or costume designer may enroll. Please note: Auditions took place April 7, 8 and 9, 2015. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll. 0.5 course.

Fall 2015 2041F / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus syllabus

2071G - Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction
From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, a consideration of the history and development of science fiction. Will include science fiction themes such as the Other, new technologies, chaos theory, cybernetics, paradoxes of space/time travel, first contact, and alien worlds. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2016 2071G / 001 (Evening) J. Kelly Syllabus syllabus
Winter 2016 2071G / 650 (Online) J. Kelly Syllabus syllabus

2072F - Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
A study of the purposes and historical origins of fantasy, and modern developments in fantasy: alternate worlds, horror or ghost stories, sword & sorcery, heroic fantasy. May include writers such as Tolkien, Simmons, Peake, Herbert, Beagle, Rowling. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Fall 2015 2072F / 001 (Evening) J. Kelly Syllabus syllabus
Fall 2015 2072F / 650 (Online) J. Kelly Syllabus PDF download

2075G - Cultures of Blood
This course examines the contemporary Gothic from the latter half of the 20th century to the present. We will consider novels by Shirley Jackson, J.G. Ballard, Kōji Suzuki, and Toni Morrison, a graphic novel by Charles Burns, stories by Thomas Ligotti, and films like The Ring, Noroi, Rubber Johnny, and The Cabin in the Woods. These texts will be the anchors of our discussion. We will consider how horror and the Gothic interrogate contemporary social, cultural, and personal anxieties; how rapid shifts in technology and architecture have metamorphosed Gothic castles and old monsters into cosmopolitan high-rise living complexes and extreme violence; how ghosts become metaphors for historical trauma; how the nature of reality is, if considered too closely, nihilistically unimaginable and cosmically horrific; how different media operate self-reflexively to ask its audience not only what terrifies us but how we experience that fear. Finally, we will examine why the fear we experience from Gothic and horror fiction is often amusing and commercially successful big entertainment. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2016 2075G / 001 (Evening) A. Wenaus Syllabus syllabus

2091G - Special Topics: The Creativity of Madness
This course explores the creativity of madness and the madness of creativity. Starting with an examination of the history of madness and historical and cultural attitudes toward madness, we will address the general equation between madness and creativity through various works of literature and culture as a way of engaging students in the creative (and often chaotic) process of ‘thinking outside of the box’ of accepted cultural, social, and ethical norms of thought and behavior. We will thus explore creativity and of madness as both definitions and symptoms of humanity in order to explore how we often avoid thinking about their more complex nature. We will bring in works and characters primarily from the music and literature to frame the questions and guide conversations. We will approach and assess student comprehension and experience of course material through lectures, tests, reflections, short essays, large and small group discussion, play activities, workshops.

Above all we want students to gain an appreciation of how “play ... is the very essence of thought” and to open themselves to a more compassionate and productive understanding of how madness and creativity are intimately connected – and necessary to the planet’s survival. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Winter 2016 2091G / 001 J. Faflak Syllabus .pdf

2092F - Special Topics: The Many Faces of Harry Potter
This course will examine the Harry Potter series in relation to the multiple genres that it draws on, including the gothic novel, detective fiction, fantasy, adventure, and even the dystopian novel. We will read all seven books alongside other novels and short stories that illustrate the generic conventions Rowling is working with. There will also be opportunity to consider the translation of the series into film. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Fall 2015 2092F / 001 (Evening) G. Ceraldi Syllabus syllabus

2200-2999 Level Courses

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 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."

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 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

3000-3999 Level Courses

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 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

4000 Level Courses

4040G - The Gothic Child
When UNESCO declared 1979 the International Year of the Child, it brought international visibility to a set of assumptions that the West had held for almost 200 years: that the child, although innocent, is a being full of potential for knowledge, productivity, and the social good, if only his/her needs for food, shelter, love, education, and medical care are adequately met.  At the same time, though, the last century and a half has witnessed a flood of narratives that would suggest otherwise: the child is equally capable of familial destruction or global annihilation; the child’s innocence is often a screen for sexual knowledge and selfish aggression; the child can exploit a well-meaning adult’s desire to protect by turning that adult against his/her own best interests. This course looks at a wealth of narratives of the Gothic Child, and asks the questions: Why are we so fascinated with this evil child, whose existence we often so hurriedly deny?  What needs are served by imagining this child and the fates we invent for it? Why are we drawn to narratives that seem to punish us for having the very children our culture validates us for wanting? The archive of examples may include those late nineteenth-century children, Miles and Flora, of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, through 1950s Cold War fictions like John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos or The Bad Seed, and on to the veritable explosion of Gothic Children in the late 1960s and 1970s, the age of women’s rights, gay rights, civil rights.  Here we find the demonically sired Rosemary’s baby and The Omen’s Damien Thorn, the demonically possessed Regan MacNeil of The Exorcist, and the vampire children of Stephen King and Anne Rice.  This course will employ the Gothic Child to help us think about the work The Child does more generally in our culture.

Winter 2016  4040G / 001 S. Bruhm Syllabus .pdf

4050F - The Modernist Moment
This course explores literary, photographic, and cinematic approaches to the representation of time in the context of rapid urban and industrial change. In particular, we will focus on the work of writers, artists, and filmmakers who exemplify a modernist preoccupation with the moments of epiphany or stretches of banality that punctuate city life at the turn of the twentieth century. Our investigations of modernist literature and visual culture will be guided by the following questions: under what conditions does the modern experience of boredom give way to revelation? What motivates modernism’s abiding commitment to capturing the evanescent past and the fleeting present? How do ethical and aesthetic imperatives inflect each other in various hallmarks of modernist experimentation, such as Baudelaire’s correspondances, Proust’s mémoire involontaire, Joyce’s epiphanies, and Woolf’s moments of being? How do the poles of attention and distraction structure modern experiences of time? How do visual and linguistic forms compare in their representations of temporal rupture and continuity, change and stasis? Our syllabus may include works by Baudelaire, Benjamin, Bergson, Chaplin, Eliot, Flaubert, Joyce, Kracauer, Lang, Léger, Man Ray, Proust, Stieglitz, Shklovsky, Simmel, Stein, Woolf, and others.

Fall 2015  4050F / 001 K. Stanley Syllabus .pdf

4050G - The Mimetic Animal (offered at Huron)
Like a chameleon or camouflaged guerrilla, the idea of mimesis has insinuated itself in every kind of contemporary cultural and theoretical discourse. Copies, imitations, impersonations, reproductions and representations: the products of the mimetic process pose a staggering number of metaphysical and political problems to the student of literary and cultural studies. This course will examine contemporary literary, cultural and theoretical works that engage with the idea of mimesis as both process and product and relate it to concerns of class, gender and race. Selected works of literature, film, television and popular culture will be studied in relation to such theorists as Walter Benjamin, Zora Neale Hurston, Luce Irigaray and Michael Taussig.

Winter 2016  4050G / 550 Vanderheide

4060F - Consuming Difference: Food and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Canadian Literature
What is the relationship between food and multiculturalism? How does Canada’s official policy of multiculturalism shape constructions of “ethnic food” and cultural difference? What is the relationship between food and ethnicity, race, class, gender, and sexuality, and how are these relationships informed by broader notions of community, desire, longing, and memory? This course will consider these questions by exploring a range of literary works (novels, short stories, poems, memoirs), cultural texts (visual art, recipes, food blogs), and theoretical essays. As part of the course, students will write their own restaurant reviews, which will be posted on a food blog created for the class.

Fall 2015  4060F / 001 S. Oliver Syllabus .pdf

4060G - Studies in Solitude and Isolation (offered at King's)
As long as we have lived collectively in societies, humans have been both fascinated and frightened by the figure of isolato, the individual who, despite the ostensible benefits of social life, chooses to live in solitude. What might explain the persistent cultural relevance of physical isolation, and what impact might such gestures of social withdrawal have on the collective consciousness? What threat did the solitary individual pose to community? What benefits did isolation afford society? How might the security and well-being of community depend upon the existence of figures such as the hermit, the castaway, the recluse, the monk/nun, and the ascetic? This course will examine these and other questions about the cultural relevance of solitude and isolation from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, from a psychological, philosophical, religious, aesthetic, and political perspective. Possible texts may include Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Pope’s “Eloisa to Abelard,” Haywood’s The British Recluse, Rousseau’s Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Thoreau’s Walden, Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs, Maysles’ Grey Gardens, and Krakauer’s Into the Wild.

Winter 2016  4060G / 570 Dowdell

4220G - Reading Food in Early Modern Literature
Like us, the early moderns were fascinated with food. In this course, we’ll look at how the drama, poetry, and prose of the period addressed the topic through depictions of hospitality and gift-giving, foreign trade, travel, and local cultivation, cooking and feasting. Approaching food through a variety of perspectives, we’ll examine how it intersects with the discourses of gender, class, nation, and just plain pleasure.

Winter 2016  4220G / 001 M. Bassnett Syllabus .pdf

4420F - The Pre-Raphaelites
Using as a focal point and lens the poetry, painting, and short fiction of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, this seminar will study the works and aesthetics of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848-53), its associates, and its successors.  After situating the Pre-Raphaelites in the political, religious, and aesthetic contexts of the Victorian period and examining some of their principal paintings, the seminar will focus on Rossetti’s depiction of different female types: the Virgin Mary in such works as “Ave,” the prostitute or “fallen woman” in such works as “Jenny,” and the femme fatale in such works as Lilith. In addition to providing seminar members with a broad, detailed, and enriching understanding of Pre-Raphaelitism, the seminar will examine Rossetti’s later poetry and painting in the aesthetic and symbolist modes and chart the impact of Pre-Raphaelite art, literature, and ideas not only on William Morris, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, and other Victorians, but also on such major Modernists as W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and T.S. Eliot.

Fall 2015 4420F / 001 D. Bentley

4430F - Blake and Shelley: Visionary Poetics (offered at Brescia)
William Blake and P.B. Shelley are poets central to what Harold Bloom has called the AVisionary Company@. This seminar shall examine the writings by these two poets in light of the visionary and/or prophetic status or claims made by themselves or their critics. Prophecy will be considered as a genre with mystical, political and moral implications, and visionary language examined as a poetic style. Blake and Shelley seek to mediate through language visionary or prophetic positions and experiences. These experiences and their expression raise various linguistic and theoretical problems, which will be considered in light of a variety of literary critical positions.

Fall 2015 4430F / 530 M. Lee

4440F - Jane fic: Jane Eyre and Parallel Fiction (offered at King's)
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has always had its fans. Published in 1847, it continues to compel readers with its Gothic textures, its rich exploration of Victorian social contexts, and its self-assertive heroine. Such is the appeal of Jane Eyre that the novel continues not only to be read but to be written; since Jane Eyre first appeared, other writers have gone on to produce their own versions. The original novel has spilled over into prequels, sequels, stage and film adaptations, illustration, and fan fiction and mash-ups. In addition to examining Brontë’s own novel, this course will consider some of these iterations. These may include a Victorian evangelical version, Thornycroft Hall (1864); the bestseller, Rebecca (1938); the post-colonial prequel, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966); a detective novel, The Eyre Affair (2001); a sci-fi re-telling, Jenna Starborn (2002); the zombie mash-up, Jane Slayre (2010); Dame Darcy’s The Illustrated Jane Eyre (2005); and the children’s graphic novel, Jane, the Fox and Me (2013. Our aim is not merely to conclude that Brontë’s novel remains relevant today, but to account for the ongoing work of Jane Eyre with reference to theories of authorship, adaptation, intertextuality, and parody, and of consumption, readership, and fan culture.

Fall 2015 4440F / 570 K. Lysack

4630G - Reading the City: Representations of New York City in American Literature
New York City has long occupied the imagination of individuals around the world, and it has also figured prominently in American Literature.  Whether it is merely the setting , the place characters aspire to live, or a character itself, New York has intrigued and fascinated American writers for centuries.  In this course, we will attempt to “read” the city by considering how New York has been represented in American literature from the late-18th century through the early 21st century.   Writers may include Edith Wharton, Toni Morrison, Theodore Dreiser, Washington Irving, Walt Whitman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Stephen Crane, Ann Petry, and Suki Kim, among others. Finally, the course will include an optional travel component.  Interested students will travel with the course instructor to New York during Reading Week.

Winter 2016 4630G / 001 M. Green-Barteet

4640G - The Fiction of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (offered at Brescia)
Long seen as the embodiment of the ethos of the American 1920s, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald shaped their place in American literary history through a relentless process of self-historicising and self-mythologizing.  In this seminar, we will examine in some detail the fiction of the two writers and explore the implications and consequences  of their myth of themselves for their fiction.  Part of this exploration will necessarily involve excursions into the realms of literary history and literary biography as well as the literary marketplace of America between the wars.  Some attention will also be given to the creative dynamic that existed between the two writers, particularly as it is expressed in the circumstances surrounding the publications of Tender is the Night and Save Me the Waltz.

Winter 2016 4640G / 530 B. Diemert

4740F - Literature Crossing the Canada/United States Border (offered at Huron)
The border that has been drawn between Canada and the United States from both an historical and geographic perspective often seems arbitrary but from a political perspective has great significance. This course will examine literary works which have settings on both sides of that border and determine how it can function as representative of other human constructed borders such as those used to define race and culture. Authors studied may include Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, Lawrence Hill, and Thomas King.

Fall 2015 4740F / 550 Brooks

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