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Undergraduate English Courses



1000 Level Courses

1020E - Understanding 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. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 1020E / 001 A. Lee Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 1020E / 002 A. Schuurman Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 1020E / 003 (Evening) A. Conway 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 2016 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 2017 1028G / 001 C. Keep Syllabus .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 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2017 / 001 R. McDonald Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2017 / 002 (Evening) N. Joseph 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 2016 2018A / 001 (Evening) J. Faflak 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, 1 tutorial 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 - Q1 Hamlet
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production (Q1 Hamlet) 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 March 29-31, 2016. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll. 3 lecture/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 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 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 2071G / 001 (Evening) J. Kelly Syllabus syllabus
Winter 2017 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 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 2072F / 001 (Evening) J. Kelly Syllabus syllabus
Fall 2016 2072F / 650 (Online) J. Kelly Syllabus PDF download

2074F - Mystery and Detective Fiction
Mystery stories explore matters of life and death. They engage problems involving the law, justice, and morality. They address fundamental questions of identity and agency. This course introduces students to the critical study of popular mystery and detective fiction from a range of historical periods and national contexts. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 2074F / 001 M. Jones Syllabus syllabus

Students interested in English 2074F: Mystery and Detective Fiction, may also like Writing 2227G: Crime Writing:  Black Dahlias, Red Herrings, and Tequila Sunrises  

2091G - Special Topics - The Creativity of Madness (cross-listed with Music 3860B)
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 2017 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 2016 2092F / 001 (Evening) G. Ceraldi Syllabus syllabus

new!2096A - Special Topics - Winter is Coming: A Game of Thrones
Like most universities, Western has a coat of arms: two Lions rampant double queued issuant Ermine Ducally crowned Gold; in base a Stag trippant of the second; on a Chief of the third a Sun Rising Gules. This looks like a composite of several sigils from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (our heraldic device is alarmingly close to that of Joffrey Baratheon), but then the eye falls on our motto: Veritas et Utilitas, Truth and Usefulness. What could be less true or useful than fiction, especially fantasy fiction? The aim of this course is to earn its place in Western’s coat of arms. Our emblem is not the Baratheon stag, or Lannister lions, or Martell rising sun, but the one  Western places “in Chief”: an Open Book proper edged and Clasped Or. We shall go deep into Martin’s books and deep into their historical sources to find both veritas and utilitas. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 2096A / 001 J. Leonard 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 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

Fall 2016 2200F / 001 (Evening) G. Donaldson Syllabus syllabus

2210G - 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

Winter 2017 2210G / 001 J. Schuster Syllabus 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 2016 2220F / 001 (Evening) D. Pennee Syllabus syllabus

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

Fall 2016 2230F / 001 A. Pero Syllabus syllabus
Winter 2017 2230G / 001 J. Schuster Syllabus .pdf

Students interested in 2230F - Studies in Poetics, may also like Writing 3901G:  Shapes of Freedom:  Experiments with Poetic Form
Students interested in 2230G - Studies in Poetics, may also like Writing 2220F: Renewing Your Poetic License:  Introduction to Writing Poetry

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 2017 2240G / 001 M. Hartley 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 2250F / 001 (Evening) E. Kring Syllabus syllabus

new!2264E - Human Rights and Creative Practices
Students will learn about human rights and their social and political significance in contemporary society through the study of creative practices. Students will examine literary, filmic, performative and photographic works and engage in the arts-based experiential learning technique, Photovoice, to explore the relationship between creativity and human rights. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2264E / 001 J. Emberley 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.H. McMurran Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2307E / 650 M. Stephenson 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 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2308E / 001 (Evening) K. Stanley Draft syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 2308E / 002 A. MacLean 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2309E / 002 D. Pennee 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 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2310E / 001 T. Osinubi Syllabus syllabus

new!2511G - The Short Story
The short story signifies as much for what it doesn’t say as for what it does. This course examines a range of short fiction, considering how brevity creates meaning. Despite the shortness of each story, students should expect to read slowly and deeply, mining the text for its riches. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 2511G / 001 S. Bruhm Syllabus .pdf

Students interested in English 2511G - The Short Story, may also like Writing 2218F: To Make a Long Story Short:  Introduction to Writing Short Fiction

2680F - Sport in Literature (cross-listed with Kinesiology 3378F)
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 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 2680F / 001 Waddell Syllabus syllabus

Students interested in English 2680F - Sport in Literature, may also like Writing 2225G:  The Inside Track:  Sports Writing

3000-3999 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."

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 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 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3012 / 001 J. Toswell 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 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3227E / 001 J. Purkis Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 3227E / 002 M. Stephenson Syllabus syllabus

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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3334E / 001 (Evening) M.H. McMurran Syllabus syllabus

new!3336G - Topics in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature - Creativity and Tolerance
This course will be broad enough to provide an introduction to this historical period, but narrower in focus than English 3334E. It may concentrate on a shorter historical span, a particular genre, or use some other principle of selection. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 3336G / 001 A. Conway Syllabus .pdf

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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3444E / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus syllabus
Fall/Winter 3444E / 002
M. Rowlinson 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3554E / 001 A. Pero 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3556E / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus syllabus

3666G - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 3666G / 001 A. MacLean Syllabus syllabus

new!3667F - Topics in American Literature - American Science Fiction
This course will be broad enough to provide an introduction to this national literature, but narrower in focus than English 3664E. It may concentrate on a shorter historical span, a particular genre, or use some other principle of selection. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 3667F / 001 J. Kelly Syllabus syllabus

3777F - Topics in 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 3777F / 001 (Evening)
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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 3880G / 001 P. Wakeham Syllabus PDF DOWNLOAD

3882F - Topics in Postcolonial Literature - Cultures of African Queer Representations (cross-listed with Women's Studies 3363F)
This course will introduce students to representations of queer figures in African literature, film, and political discourse. That figure—incarnated as lesbian, gay, inter-sexed, transgendered, or indeterminate—has recently gained a new visibility in the political dialogue of African democracies, in circulating ideas of Africa, and the claims of new national and transnational networks criticizing the legal and social predicaments faced by African sexual minorities. This course will provide students with an opportunity to read, discuss, analyze, and write critically about creative responses to these developments. We will analyze novels, short stories, life writing, essays, films, blogs, videos, legislation, and some critical work published by scholars in the field of African queer studies. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 3882F / 001 T. Osinubi Syllabus syllabus

new!3900F - Special Topics in English - YA Dystopian Fiction (cross-listed with Women's Studies 3315F)
Constructions of Girlhood in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction. Many YA dystopian novels published recently feature strong female protagonists who openly rebel against the totalitarian societies they live in. In this course, we will consider how the recent spate of Young Adult dystopian fiction simultaneously subverts and affirms gendered expectations facing many young women in the 21st century. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 3900F / 001 M. Green-Barteet Syllabus syllabus

3900G - Special Topics in English - 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. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 3900G / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus .pdf

4000 Level Courses

4040G - Seminar in Literary Studies - Human Rights and Creativity
Students will learn about human rights and their social and political significance in contemporary society through the study of global literatures in English and visual materials. Students will explore the relationship between creativity and human rights by examining how literary, performative, and visual practices drive the meaning of human rights as well as contribute to reparations and reconciliation from the effects of trauma, genocide, and representational violence. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017  4040G / 001 J. Emberley Syllabus .pdf

4050G - Seminar in Literary Studies - Representing Aboriginality: Aboriginal Literature and Film from the Post-Settler Colonies (offered at Huron University College)
This 4th year seminar course in English will explore mostly writing but also some filmmaking by aboriginal people located in such post-settler states as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. As a class we will examine a number of works of literature and film as well as academic essays, endeavouring to come to some understanding and knowledge about both the global and local significance of such texts. Because this is a research learning course, students will also be expected to conduct their own research, which will involve locating poems, films, and short stories by aboriginal authors that have not yet been subject to scholarly analysis and developing original interpretations of them. This course will take students through the full process of research: from the discovery of the research text through to the publication of the research outcomes. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 4050G / 550 (Evening) T. Hubel Syllabus .pdf

4060F - Seminar in Literary Studies - Reading Literature Since the Digital Turn (offered at Huron University College)
How are changes in new media affecting the ways we read, study and access English literature? How is the increased availability of digitized literary drafts, notebooks and other primary documents changing our understanding and study of authorship, textual production and mise-en-page? What does it mean to read literature when the digital text combines audio, video and other media? What is the potential for social reading, annotation and editing in digital settings and how might new platforms be employed to increase global collaboration? These are just some of the questions central to Reading Literature since the Digital Turn.

In this seminar we will examine a wide range of literary authors and genres by working directly with electronic editions, archives and other experimental media produced over the last two decades. Case studies include select works by William Blake, Mark Z. Danielewski, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, William Gibson, bp Nichol, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Shakespeare and Mary Shelly. We will also look to theorists and critics such as Walter Benjamin, Johanna Drucker, Michel Foucault, Bruno Latour, N Katherine Hayles, Matthew Kirschenbaum and others.

In addition to producing essays and presentations, students will also have the opportunity to build their own digital creations, be it an edition, exhibit or archive. In addition to discussing the weekly readings, students will also participate in hands-on experiments with various apps and other digital media. As such, the seminar will combine critical analysis with critical making. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016  4060F / 550 S. Schofield Syllabus .pdf

4230G - Seminar in Renaissance Literature - Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet (offered at Brescia University College)
There is no course outline available at this time. Please visit the Brescia University College website for more details. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 4230G / 530 D. Grace Syllabus .pdf

4320G - Seminar in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature - The Libertine Restoration
Few courts have acquired a reputation for debauchery and immorality to rival the Whitehall Palace of the priapic 'merry monarch,' Charles II. The licentiousness of the court did not, however, occur within a vacuum: libertinism, in all its varied forms, provided an intellectual, cultural and aesthetic milieu for the development of an ethos that challenged the conventional mores and hierarchies of the age.

This course will examine this milieu in the period between 1660 and 1714, with a focus upon literary representations and expressions of libertinism. Our analysis of this cultural phenomenon will commence from a discussion of its philosophical premises, but most of our attention will be devoted to libertine attitudes towards sexuality, violence, and ideology, as well as to critiques of this movement; another important theme will be the struggle to define a feminized libertinism as an alternate expression of a philosophy that was most often fiercely phallocentric and misogynist.

The two central figures at the heart of this course will be the Earl of Rochester and Aphra Behn, but texts to be studied include a diverse range of poetry, prose fiction, drama and discursive prose by a variety of writers. Some attention will be paid, as well, to the social manifestations of libertinism in the spheres of both court and popular culture.

Please note that this course includes material that is sexually explicit, and themes that some may find triggering3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 4320G / 001 M. McDayter COURSE BLOG 4320G blog

4420F - Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 4420F / 001 D. Bentley Syllabus .pdf

4430F - Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature - Brontes (offered at Brescia University College)
This course will explore novels by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë in the context of nineteenth-century British literature, Romanticism, Victorian social history, narrative, and ideologies of class, gender, religion, and empire. Students will examine and question the myth-making which surrounds the Brontës (through biography and popular adaptation), as well as the mythic structures and patterns in their texts. Students will engage in critical analysis of narrative, stylistic, symbolic, and theoretical aspects of their writings. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 4430F / 530 M. Lee Syllabus .pdf

4520G - Seminar in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature - Spy Stories: Espionage & The Culture of the Cold War (offered at King's University College)
There is no course outline available at this time. Please visit the King's University College website for more details. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 4520G / 570 B. Patton Syllabus .pdf

4730F - Seminar in Canadian Literature - The Legacies of Canadian Modernism (offered at King's University College)
This course aims to develop an understanding of Canadian poetry after 1950, and in so doing students will develop together a full vision of what politics, histories, and philosophies have informed and haunted writers since modernism. This course is, in short, a study of various family trees: writers who share a figurative kinship with other writers, writers who become “father figures” or “foremothers,” writers who write about their families, and more. The course begins by giving a crash course in Canadian modernism c. 1920 – c. 1960 in order to establish a foundation for the remainder of the semester. From there, students will look at the ways in which poets have inherited or deviated from that modernist legacy and innovated on it. Our approach to the poetry as an expression of legacies necessarily means that the course (like the poetry) is literary and historical/political in its concerns. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 4730F / 570 J. Weingarten Syllabus .pdf

4999E - Thesis
English 4999E is individual instruction in the selection of a topic, the preparation of materials, and the writing of a thesis. Students who wish to take this course must apply to the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English and Writing Studies. This course is restricted to students in fourth year of an English Program with a minimum A average. Additional registration in 4000-level English courses require permission of the Department. See Undergraduate Thesis Course for details. 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 4999E / 001 Various Consent form .pdf

Course listings may be subject to change. See Academic Timetable for date, time, and location of specific courses.