Previous Courses Offered & Course Outlines

To obtain a course outline prior to 2013, please email uenglish@uwo.ca.

2022 Spring/Summer

Distance Studies (May 9-July 29)

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. 1.0 course

Spring/Summer 1020E / 650 Online K. Stanley 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. 1.0 course

Spring/Summer 2033E / 650
Online C. Suranyi 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. 0.5 course

Spring/Summer 2071F / 650
Online J. Kelly 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. 0.5 course

Spring/Summer 2072F / 650
Online J. Kelly Syllabus

2401E - 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. 1.0 course

Spring/Summer 2401E / 650 Online J. Schuster Syllabus

3330E - Shakespeare
Shakespeare remains one of the most influential of English writers. This course studies plays across a range of genres. Instructors may integrate theatre-oriented exercises and/or other dramatic or non-dramatic material, depending on individual emphasis. 1.0 course

Spring/Summer 3330E / 650 Online J. Devereux Syllabus 

Intersession (May 16-June 3)

1010F - This University
Learn about Western, its story, its architecture, academic calendar, governance, codes of conduct, research; and learn about universities, their origins in the Middle Ages, their development and current campus issues. Read a short story by Western’s own Nobel prizewinner Alice Munro, and think about universities in the world today. Taught in a flexible hybrid format. 0.5 course

Spring/Summer (this course will run for 3 weeks from May 16 to June 3) 1010F / 200 Blended J. Toswell Syllabus 

Intersession (May 16-June 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. 1.0 course

Spring/Summer 2033E / 001
In-Person G. Ceraldi Syllabus

2021-22 FALL/WINTER

1000 Level Courses

1020E (001) - 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.

Fall/Winter 1020E / 001 J. Boulter Syllabus 

1020E (002) - 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.

Fall/Winter 1020E / 002 M. Hartley Syllabus 

1020E (200) - Understanding Literature Today
This course serves as an introduction to the wealth and variety of literature in English over the course of some six centuries. We'll be reading a range of materials in verse, prose, and dramatic form that begin with Chaucer in the Middle Ages, and extend nearly to the current day. We’ll also be looking at one graphic novel, and experiencing verse in oral and video form.

The course is organized loosely by themes, which will include parody, colonialism, sex, death, identity, and more sex (because, oddly enough, writers have always been as obsessed with that theme as we are today). We’ll also be using a variety of different live and interactive tools to keep you engaged and connected, both with your instructors and with the community of students to which you will belong.

In addition to equipping students with a variety of critical reading skills, including an introduction to a handful of theoretical approaches to literature, the course will additionally provide some guidance on the use of scholarly tools, including essay writing and thesis design, as well as relatively advanced, university-level research skills.

Lectures will be delivered in record online form using a dynamic slide show format, and tutorials will be live and in person; additional materials will be available in PDF form. We’ll be using Zoom for community sessions and office hours and I will be available as well for live consultations. A web forum and social media will further enhance our connection to each other.

Fall/Winter 1020E / 200 M. McDayter Syllabus 

1022E - Enriched Introduction to English Literature
The principal aims of English 1022E are: (1) to give students an overview of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present, with some attention to recent Canadian writers; (2) to introduce students to a variety of literary genres, historical perspectives, and critical approaches; (3) to permit students to strengthen their writing and research skills and to apply them to the study of literature; (4) to enable students to deepen their interest in and enjoyment of the study and use of English. Beyond this, we will explore how the writing and reading of literature are in and of themselves inherently and intensely political acts, asking us to think through the most problematic issues of our or any time – sex, race, gender, class – with a degree of tolerance and open-mindedness rarely possible in the supposedly ‘real’ world of everyday events and happenings. See also Learning outcomes for 1000-level English Courses.

Fall/Winter 1022E / 001 J. Faflak Syllabus 

1027F - The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative
The act of storytelling has been essential to human culture from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day. Stories are integral to the way we define ourselves – and manipulate others. This course will examine the story teller’s art not only through novels and short stories but also in its ancient and modern forms, ranging from the epic to more recent forms such as the graphic novel. As diverse as these stories may seem, they share a central concern with the way we represent ourselves and interpret others.

Fall 2021 1027F / 001 C. Keep Syllabus
Fall 2021 1027F / 002 A. Lee Syllabus

1028G (001) - The Storyteller’s Art II | Introduction to 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.

Winter 2022 1028G / 001 C. Keep Syllabus 

1028G (002) - The Storyteller’s Art II | Introduction to Narrative: Disturbed Stories: Unsettling Narratives
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.

Winter 2022 1028G / 002 A. Lee Syllabus

2000-2099 Level Courses (No prerequisites)

2018A - The Culture of Leadership I
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?

Fall 2021 2018A / 001 (Evening) A. MacLean Syllabus

2033E - Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.

Fall/Winter 2033E / 650 G. Ceraldi Syllabus 

2041F - Special Topics in Drama: The Witch of Edmonton
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production - The Witch of Edmonton, 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 are held prior to the course start date so that students can register and receive a course credit for their part in the production. See course page for more details. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll.

Fall 2021 2041F / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus 

2071F and 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.

Fall 2021 2071F / 650 A. MacLean Syllabus
Winter 2022 2071G / 650 A. MacLean Syllabus

2072F and 2072G - Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
Wizards, vampires, fairies, and the Chosen One – these figures are no longer confined to a genre ghetto but have instead moved to the mainstream. This course examines the roots of the fantasy genre in novels such as Dracula and The Lord of the Rings and considers how the tropes of the genre have been reproduced and transformed by authors like J.K. Rowling and Angela Carter. We will examine the continuing appeal of stories about magic, whether they involve supernatural intrusions, visits to the realm of faerie, or extraordinary powers hidden in apparently ordinary places.

Fall 2021 2072F / 650 G. Ceraldi Syllabus 
Winter 2022 2072G / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus 

2076F - Medieval Heroes, Villains and Other Outsiders
Many medieval heroes and villains are alive today: Thor, Loki, Beowulf, Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Robin Hood, Arthur, Mordred, Hildegard of Bingen, Sylvester II. This course will investigate these real-life and literary figures, considering their construction in medieval texts, and their reconstruction through the ages.

Fall 2021 2076F / 001 (Evening) J. Toswell Syllabus 

2091G - Special Topics | From Pixels to Papyrus: A Brief History of the Things We Read
What is a “book,” and where does it come from? How did the evolution of systems for the dissemination of information bring us to the modern printed codex and virtual e-text? What is the impact of the medium of publication — manuscript, print, and most recently code — upon how we read, write, and interpret information, textual and otherwise? And how have broader cultural institutions – the publishing industry, practices in editing, and government interventions, to name but a few – impacted on what is written, published, and read?

This course will explore the broad sweep of book history in its many facets, from early manuscript culture through to the eBook. Much of this course will be “hands-on,” working with the material artifacts or facsimiles of book culture, and we will be spending some time as well examining modern Canadian literary culture and the mechanisms that bring a book from inception to the bookshelf. Short “field trips” and guest lectures will enhance our understanding of the complexity of this enormously large and important subject.

Winter 2022 2091G / 001 M. McDayter Course blog

2092F and 2092G - Special Topics in Popular Literature - 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.

Fall 2021 2092F / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus 
Winter 2022 2092G / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus 

2099G - The Alice Munro Chair in Creativity | The Creative Moment (cross-listed with ARTHUM 3393G)
This course, led by the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity, will allow students to explore creativity and its role in the production and study of literature in English and the Arts and Humanities more broadly.

Winter 2022 2099G / 001 (Evening) Alice Munro Chair: Ivan Coyote Syllabus

2100-2999 Level Courses

2200F - History of Theory and Criticism
This course offers an introduction to some of the most influential ideas in and about literature and the arts from Plato to the turn of the twentieth century.

Wait, let me interrupt that: this sounds dry. And the readings might seem that at times. The course won’t be, however, and you’ll find your way into the readings, too. What the course does is allow us to take a step back and ask fundamental questions about literature and the arts, as well as about what we are doing when we study them. To quote the German Romantic poetic Friedrich Hölderlin, “Wozu Dichter in dürftiger Zeit?” (“What are poets for in wretched times”—a question for today!).

So, we’ll ask what literature is for. Why does it matter? Why does studying it matter? What is the nature of truth in literature? What is beauty? How are such central concepts arrived at? What are their implications?

While the main focus of the course will be on figures, again, from Plato to about Nietzsche, we will also introduce some contemporary readings that take these up, extend them, and often put them into question. In particular, we’ll read theory that challenges some of the assumptions of these earlier texts and their dismissal, exclusion, or reduction of class, race, and gender. And, finally, we’ll read a truly beautiful novel by Toni Morrison that sheds light on the implications of the very notion of beauty if it requires, eg., one to have blue eyes …

Fall 2021 2200F / 001 J. Plug Syllabus 

2201G - Contemporary Theory and Criticism
The course will examine a number of “schools” or trends in twentieth-century theory: eg., structuralism and deconstruction; psychoanalysis, feminism, and gender theory; cultural and materialist thinking about art and media; and postcolonial and critical race theory.

Most of all, the aim of the course is to challenge our assumptions: about the nature of language and its relationship to the world, as well as its use in literature; about the subject, the self, the I, and how identity is formed; about the relations between subjects, the impact upon them of social and political structures, power; about how literature and art help us think through all of these and the extent to which they engage in those structures of power or perhaps offer the hope of resistance to them.

Winter 2022 2201G / 001 J. Plug Syllabus 

2202G - Studies in Poetics
This course introduces students to some of the major poems in English literary history and the theoretical tools used to analyze poetics. We will be concentrating on doing attentive close readings of poems together, so class participation will be important. The poems we’ll read are among the best that has been thought and said, so we’ll get a chance to enjoy the poems while we bring out the nuances of each work. We’ll also focus on developing skills in poetics, including understanding some of the basic poetical forms in English, meter and scansion, rhetorical terms used in literary analysis, and big questions about the politics and purposes of poems.

Winter 2022 2202G / 001 MH. McMurran Syllabus

2301E - British Literature Survey
“Literature,” writes Ezra Pound, “is news that stays news.” Pound speaks of the continued urgency of literature, suggesting that true art maintains a critical relevance across time, perhaps even across cultural contexts. Our task here will be to attend to the various ideas that mark literature as urgent, as “news.” We will, for instance, consider ideas of monstrosity, of what constitutes the monster (Beowulf, Shelley’s Frankenstein, Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell); we will ask how literature offers an understanding of what constitutes the self, the human subject (King Lear, Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey,” Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”); we will wish to understand how literature offers ways of thinking about catastrophe, loss, and of mourning (Milton’s Paradise Lost, Beckett’s Endgame, Oswald’s Memorial); we will consider those complex, and fascinating, moments when the literature begins to reflect on its own status as literature, as art (Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Art”; Yeats’ “No Second Troy”; Heaney’s “Digging”).

Fall/Winter 2301E / 001 J. Boulter Syllabus 

2401E - 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.

Fall/Winter 2401E / 002 A. MacLean Syllabus

2501E - 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 2501E / 001 D. Pennee Syllabus 

2601E - Global Literatures in English Survey
Global Literatures in English typically focuses on the novels, plays, poems and essays written in English by people from what used to be British colonies, or by people who have been, in one way or another, affected by colonialism. These texts, therefore, bear on them very clearly the marks of resistance to colonialism. They tend to be explicitly anti-racist, and insistently bear witness to the humanity and strength of traditions that were often denigrated or dismissed by the colonial powers. In a time like the present, when anti-racist struggles and the need for mutual cultural understanding have become some of the major moral imperatives in a globalized and interconnected world, such texts acquire a peculiar and lasting importance.

Fall/Winter 2601E / 001 (Evening) N. Joseph Syllabus 

3000-3999 Level Courses

3200G - 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.

Winter 2022 3200G / 001 J. Emberley Syllabus

3204G - Critical Race Theory (cross-listed with ARTHUM 3390G and GSWS 3324G)
This course explores key concepts in critical race theory, focusing on: cultural constructions of race and their connection to settler colonialism and imperialism; the links between race, class, gender, and sexuality; processes of racialization; whiteness as an “invisible” category; the hypervisibility of racialized subjects; and anti-racist cultural production.

Winter 2022 3204G / 001 J. Sandhar Draft Syllabus 

3300 - History of English Language
English has a long history which begins in the British Isles around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire and is still in progress across the world. It also has a long prehistory: its earliest reconstructable ancestor was spoken in the approximate area of what is now Ukraine about five thousand years ago. This course will tell the whole story of the language, paying particular attention to reading texts in different varieties of English from a wide chronological and geographical range. Its primary focus will be on the dynamic life of the English language: its instability and diversity; its relations with other languages; and its place in the social and cultural lives of its speakers. The course will begin by introducing students to the components of linguistic analysis; after working our way through a historical survey from Old to Modern English, we will conclude the course by exploring global forms of English and non-standard forms of English.

Fall/Winter 3300 / 001 A. Schuurman Syllabus 

3310 - Old English Language and Literature
This course introduces the language and literature of England as they were approximately 1000 years ago. In the Fall Term the language will be taught step by step through a reading of some texts in prose and poetry, before beginning consideration of Beowulf. In the second term students will continue to concentrate on Beowulf. Our focus for the year will be the context and historiography of thinking about Old English, with some examples of modern scholarship and with some consideration of how our thinking about Old English and early medieval England has changed in the two hundred years since scholars began considering these materials.

Fall/Winter 3310 / 001 J. Toswell Syllabus 

3316E - Love in the Middle Ages
Love may seem like a universal emotion, but as Chaucer notes:

Ek for to wynnen love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.

If people express their love differently in different ages and lands, does it follow that they also feel love differently? This course will explore the different expressions and experiences of love in the medieval period. We will focus on the literature of late-medieval England, but we will place the English within a broader European context. We will also look at a variety of manifestations of love: romantic and erotic, but also familial, divine, and platonic. While exploring this most fundamental of emotional states, we will learn to read and enjoy Middle English literature. We will begin with Chaucer’s short lyric poems, which are relatively easy, and work our way to more challenging genres and dialects of the language.

Fall/Winter 3316E / 001 A. Schuurman Syllabus 

3321F - Paradise Lost
This half-course will examine such topics as Milton’s grand style, Satan, epic heroism (is Paradise Lost an epic or anti-epic?), the nature of innocence, what it means to “fall,” and whether there can be a “fortunate fall.” Attention will also be paid to seventeenth-century politics, science and astronomy.

Fall 2021 3321F / 001 J. Leonard Syllabus

3330E - Shakespeare
This year-long course offers intensive study of one of the world’s greatest playwrights. It will range across twelve plays that illustrate the variety of writing Shakespeare produced for the stage. We will discuss how theatrical conventions and political pressures gave – and in different ways, continue to give – this drama meaning.

Fall/Winter 3330E / 001 J. Purkis Syllabus

3331G - Adapting Shakespeare
How are two of Shakespeare’s most notorious plays adapted, reworked, and appropriated by modern artists? This course will focus on Othello and The Taming of the Shrew, and will explore, in particular, politics of race and gender as they have been interpreted for successive generations of readers and viewers. We will study forms of adaptation ranging from the novel to modern drama to film.

Winter 2022 3331G / 001 M. Kidnie Syllabus 

3341F - Sex, Death, and Philosophy: Libertinism and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 ushered in a new and sometimes frightening era of philosophical, social, and sexual freedom. This course explores Libertinism, a subversive doctrine that challenged cultural and sexual norms, through the poems, plays, and prose of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Fall 2021 3341F / 001 M. McDayter Syllabus 

3351F - Romantic Revolutions
Revolt, radicalism, counter-revolution, reaction, reformation; hope, crisis, peace, war, invention, imagination, catastrophe, wonder, terror. What shadows did revolution cast upon the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? This course examines a range of texts that reflect Romantic and post-Romantic transformations, upheavals, and reversals in aesthetic, socio-political, scientific, and/or psychological thought and writing.

Fall 2021 3351F / 001 J. Faflak Syllabus

3361F - Sherlock Holmes and the Fiction of Detection
This course studies the detective figure in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Possible topics include: the science of deduction; evidence and forensic practices; panopticism and the society of surveillance; the role of the detective in policing boundaries or race, class, and gender. May also include later film and tv adaptations.

Fall 2021 3361F / 001 C. Keep Syllabus

3378G - Topics in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature: Forays in Fiction of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
This course will be broad enough to provide an introduction to this historical period. However, it may concentrate on a shorter historical span, a particular genre, or use some other principle of selection.

Winter 2022 3378G / 001 J. Plug Syllabus 

3480F - Reading America Now (cross-listed with ARTHUM 3392F)
Can literature help us confront the most urgent injustices and pressing crises of our time? Can aesthetic responses to racial, colonial, and ecological violence motivate interventionist action? Is there such a thing as “literary activism”? These are some of the questions that will guide our study of art and activist movements in the US. In this course we will examine aesthetic strategies employed by authors, artists, and critics who frame their creative work in activist terms. In particular, we will ask what applicable resources American literary history can offer when confronting structural inequality, systemic racism, and climate upheaval as interconnected humanist failures. Drawing on such resources, we will endeavor to test both the limits and possibilities of literary activism in the context of climate justice.

Fall 2021 3480F / 001 K. Stanley Syllabus 

3579F - Topics in Canadian Literature: Black Writing in Canada
Explore multiple genres of contemporary Black writing in Canada, from Dionne Brand’s poetry to the prose collected in Black Writers Matter to Hassan Ghedi Santur’s novel The Youth of God to Writer-in-Residence Zuleika Reid-Benta’s short story cycle Frying Plaintain.

Fall 2021 3579F / 001 D. Pennee Syllabus 

3680F - Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island
This course will introduce students to a diverse range of Indigenous storytelling practices from Turtle Island (North America), which may include oral narratives, literature, and visual and performance arts. Students will consider how these practices both shape and are shaped by specific historical and geographical contexts.

Fall 2021 3680F / 001 P. Wakeham Syllabus

3891G - Cultural Studies, Representation and Identity
In this course, students will be introduced to Cultural Studies theories and methods in the area of Identity and Representation with an emphasis on the study of literary and photographic texts. Through a series of “case studies,” students will learn about how identity is shaped by, and shapes, social and imaginative worlds. Topics such as sexuality, diaspora, motherhood and family, among others, may be discussed.

Winter 2022 3891G / 001 J. Emberley Syllabus

4000 Level Courses

4320F – Seminar in Renaissance Literature: Early Modern Food from Shakespeare to Milton
Food is part of our everyday lives, but how is it represented in literature, theory, and practice? This course opens up the exciting field of food studies through the lens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We’ll take a new look at some familiar texts, such as Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, with its final scene of unwitting cannibalism, and Milton’s Paradise Lost, with its depiction of a world destroyed by an act of eating. But we’ll also consider lesser-known material, such as Margaret Cavendish’s Poems and Fancies, in which death is likened to a cook, and Hannah Woolley’s popular recipe book, The Queen-Like Closet. Addressing topics such as gender and class, colonialism and localism, we’ll also do some cooking and make a visit to the Western Archives.

Fall 2021 4320F / 001 M. Bassnett Syllabus 

4340G - Seminar in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature: Poetry and the Body
In this course, we will read this poetry as an inquiry into the role of embodiment in the poetry of the eighteenth century. During the eighteenth century big questions about how the body relates to the mind and soul were debated and remained unresolved. Our course will discuss those questions as they are articulated in poetic forms and language. We will especially from groups traditionally marginalized in British literary history: women and people of colour to gauge their view of the body. We will also look at the important roles of nonhumans in this poetry. NOTE: This course will include an intensive focus on research methods and writing research essays. We will have at least one class in Weldon’s Archives and Special Collections.

Winter 2022 4340G / 001 MH. McMurran Syllabus 

4371G –Seminar in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature (Huron University College)

Winter 2022 4371G / 550 J. Vanderheide Syllabus

4470G - Seminar in American Literature: The Print Culture of the American Abolitionist Movement
This course will examine the different forms of eighteenth and nineteenth-century abolitionist print culture, primarily in a U.S. context. Over the course of the term, we will study how slavery was invoked and contested in novels, autobiographies, pamphlets, poetry, journalism, manifestoes, and letters. Texts may include Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Herman Melville’s novella Benito Cereno, Nat Turner’s Confessions, abolitionist newspapers, and poetry.

We will also spend some time learning about print culture research methods by exploring Western’s abolitionist materials in Special Collections. We will be holding 1-3 of our classes on location in Special Collections at Western, where we will learn more about the different approaches to the study of print culture. One of our class assignments will be based on further independent research on select works in Western’s holdings. In addition to this assignment, students will be asked to complete a short position paper, a seminar, and a research paper. In the event that COVID restrictions prevent us from meeting in person, this class will be held as a synchronous online class during our regular class time.

Winter 2022 4470G / 001 A. MacLean Syllabus

4570F - Seminar in Canadian Literature: Reading the Land in Canadian and Indigenous Literatures
Students will read a selection of literatures written by Canadian and Indigenous authors such as John Richardson, Susanna Moodie, André Alexis, Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan), Thomas King (Cherokee/Greek), Pauline Johnson (Mohawk/English), Richard Wagamese (Ojibwe) and Leanne Simpson (Anishinaabeg). Students will discuss western and Indigenous ecological approaches to and representations of the land.

Fall 2021 4570F / 001 J. Emberley Syllabus

4571G – Seminar in Canadian Literature (Brescia University College)

Winter 2022 4571F / 530 D. Grace Syllabus 

4771G – Seminar in Literary Studies: The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope
As one of the cornerstones of higher education, intellectualism (and intellectuals), like the Arts and Humanities, seem to be increasingly under attack, often targets of public suspicion. Whereas previously the university was a bastion of intellectual work separate from outside response or influence, increasingly we’re called upon to make our research public, to be public intellectuals. But this role goes back at least to Emile Zola’s letter to the President of France in response to the Dreyfus Affair, “J’Accuse . . . !”, even to Socrates, who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his beliefs. Investigating the past and present role of the public intellectual, this course thus asks: What does it mean to be an intellectual in 2022? Does, can, or should what we do in the classroom and in our research have a more direct public impact? If so, what is the role of the Arts and Humanities in making this impact? And above all, how do you see your student role as public intellectual, especially at a time when hope for the future seems more necessary than ever?

Winter 2022 4771G / 001 J. Faflak
Syllabus 

4871F – Seminar in Literary Studies (Huron University College)
Description tba. 0.5 course

Fall 2021 4871F / 550 tba Syllabus

4871F – Seminar in Literary Studies: Studies in Solitude and Isolation (King's University College)
In a world in which we are encouraged to stand together by standing apart, the study of solitude and isolation has never been more relevant. This course takes a historical perspective on these issues, tracing the diverse cultural representations of solitary and isolated individuals from the seventeenth century to the present, from a psychological, philosophical, religious, sociological, and political perspective.

Fall 2021 4871F / 570 C. Dowdell Syllabus

4881G – Seminar in Literary Studies: The male gaze and consequent embodiment in some literary texts (King's University College)
Theoretical discussion of the gaze and the consequent embodiment of the recipients of the gaze owes much to Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Frantz Fanon. Theorists such as Iris Marion Young, Laura Mulvey and Linda Alcoff have pushed these discussions towards a specifically gendered understanding of the connections between the gaze and embodiment. This course takes up the theme of the loving and erotically charged masculine gaze as it figures in literary texts such as Shakespeare’s sonnets, some of Donne’s and Browning’s poems, and novels by Meredith, Hardy and Lawrence, and explores the type of embodiment that such a gaze might engender. It also examines the considerable resistance to the domesticating effects of such a gaze as is found in fictional texts by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, in texts by Mary Wollstonecraft, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Virginia Woolf, and in more explicitly theoretical texts by bell hooks, Toni Morrison, Luce Irigaray, and Emmanuel Levinas.

Winter 2022 4881G / 570 N. Joseph Syllabus

4899F – The Alice Munro Chair in Creativity Seminar: Creative Writing Workshop
A workshop course directed by the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity. The course is aimed at students interested in developing a sustained creative work, whether an early draft of a prose narrative, story collection or poetry.

Fall 2021 4899F / 001 Alice Munro Chair: Ivan Coyote Syllabus

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.

Fall/Winter 4999E / 001 Various

2021 Spring/Summer

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Distance Studies (May 3-July 23)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
1020E 650 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.
M. Hartley
2033E 650 Children's Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
G. Cerladi
2401E 650 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.
J. Schuster

2020-21 FALL/WINTER

The Registrar is using the phrase “Distance Studies/Online” on the Timetable to designate any course that is not fully in-person. Below is a fuller explanation of English and Writing Studies course delivery modes. Check individual course syllabi for delivery details.

In-Person: As long as the university considers face-to-face instruction with proper social distancing measures safe, these courses will be taught in-person in a classroom on campus with strict adherence to public health protocols.

Synchronous Online: These courses will offer an online component in which students will participate at the same time (synchronously). Some or all lectures, tutorials, film screenings, discussion groups or tests will require mandatory attendance during scheduled online meeting times. Other components of the course may be offered asynchronously, (i.e., with no requirement for attendance at a designated time). Consult individual course outlines for details.

First year courses have both on-line and in-person tutorials.
As long as the university considers face-to-face instruction with proper social distancing measures safe, the designated in-person component will be offered in a classroom on campus with strict adherence to public health protocols. Students may choose in-person or on-line delivery mode when they register.

Asynchronous Online: In this course type, all teaching activities will take place online with no timeslot assigned (asynchronously). You may access the course material any time you wish; there are no mandatory synchronous activities at a specified time during the week.

Blended: There are a small number of courses that were designed for both in-person and online delivery. Blended courses have both face-to-face and online instruction.

Students who are not available to attend classes on campus should not choose courses with a required in-person component. If students become unable to attend in-person classes they should consult with their course instructor and seek accommodations.

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Course # *Course Outline Delivery Type Course Title & Description Instructor
1010G 200 Blended (revised) This University
Learn about Western, its story, its architecture, academic calendar, governance, codes of conduct, research; and learn about universities, their origins in the Middle Ages, their development and current campus issues. Read a short story by Western’s own Nobel prizewinner Alice Munro, and think about universities in the world today. Taught in a flexible blended format.
J. Toswell
1020E 001 Distance Studies/Online lectures with choice of in-person or online tutorials Understanding Literature Today
“Literature,” writes Ezra Pound, “is news that stays news.” Our task in this course will be to give serious attention to the question of literature. What precisely do we mean when we speak of literature? If literature is, as Pound says, some kind of “news” what can this mean? (and why does literature remain “new”?). Our approach will to be analyze various forms of literature (prose, poetry, drama) and ask specific questions: Is literature some kind of specialized language? What demands does literature place on its reader? What happens when we read? Does literature teach us something about what it means to be human? Does literature offer us some kind of truth? How can we, as serious students of literature, speak—and write—effectively about our experience of these great works of art?
J. Boulter
1020E 002 Distance Studies/Online lectures with choice of in-person or online tutorials Understanding Literature Today: Isolation and Desire
This course will focus on English literature’s relationship to the ideas of isolation and desire. With this focus on mind, we will analyze works that deal extensively with human beings in circumstances of isolation from others in the world and that express desire for connection, community, and affirmation. The outcast, the lonely, the frustrated, the alienated, and the exiled will figure in the readings we examine. We will begin the course by looking at versification and various forms and genres of poetry and then move on to drama and fiction, so that we can trace articulations of isolation and desire over several centuries and in many different forms of English literature. In class and tutorials, we will cover research skills, including how to research and write effective MLA undergraduate essays in English. Most importantly, students will learn how to construct persuasive arguments about the texts we will be reading together.
J. Devereux
1020E 003 (Evening) Distance Studies/Online lectures with choice of in-person or online tutorials 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.
M. Hartley
1022E 001 Distance Studies/Online lectures with choice of in-person or online tutorials Enriched Introduction to English Literature
The principal aims of English 1022E are: (1) to give students an overview of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present, with some attention to recent Canadian writers; (2) to introduce students to a variety of literary genres, historical perspectives, and critical approaches; (3) to permit students to strengthen their writing and research skills and to apply them to the study of literature; (4) to enable students to deepen their interest in and enjoyment of the study and use of English. Beyond this, we will explore how the writing and reading of literature are in and of themselves inherently and intensely political acts, asking us to think through the most problematic issues of our or any time – sex, race, gender, class – with a degree of tolerance and open-mindedness rarely possible in the supposedly ‘real’ world of everyday events and happenings. See also Learning outcomes for 1000-level English Courses.
J. Faflak
1027F 001 Distance Studies/Online lectures with choice of in-person or online tutorials The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative
The act of storytelling has been essential to human culture from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day. Stories are integral to the way we define ourselves – and manipulate others. This course will examine the story teller’s art not only through novels and short stories but also in its ancient and modern forms, ranging from the epic to more recent forms such as the graphic novel. As diverse as these stories may seem, they share a central concern with the way we represent ourselves and interpret others.
C. Keep
1027F 002 Distance Studies/Online lectures with choice of in-person or online tutorials The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative
The act of storytelling has been essential to human culture from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day. Stories are integral to the way we define ourselves – and manipulate others. This course will examine the story teller’s art not only through novels and short stories but also in its ancient and modern forms, ranging from the epic to more recent forms such as the graphic novel. As diverse as these stories may seem, they share a central concern with the way we represent ourselves and interpret others.
A. Lee
1028G 001 Distance Studies/Online lectures with choice of in-person or online tutorials The Storyteller’s Art II: Introduction to 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.
C. Keep
1028G 002 Distance Studies/Online lectures with choice of in-person or online tutorials The Storyteller’s Art II: Introduction to Narrative - Disturbed Stories: Unsettling Narratives
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.
A. Lee
2017 002
(Evening)
Distance Studies/Online Reading Popular Culture - CANCELLED
"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.
2033E 650 Asynchronous Distance Studies/Online Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
C. Suranyi
2033E 651 Asynchronous Distance Studies/Online Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
G. Ceraldi
2041G 001 In Person Fall Theatre Production - The Rehearsal
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production - The Rehearsal, 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 are held in March every year so that students can register and receive a course credit for their part in the production. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll.
J. Devereux
2071G 650 Asynchronous Distance Studies/Online 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.
A. MacLean
2072F 650 Asynchronous Distance Studies/Online 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.
G. Ceraldi
2091F 001 Distance Studies/Online  Special Topics: History and Future of the Book - CANCELLED M. McDayter
2092F 001
(Evening)
Distance Studies/Online Special Topics in Popular Literature - 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.
G. Ceraldi
2092G 001
(Evening)
Distance Studies/Online Special Topics in Popular Literature - 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.
G. Ceraldi
2096F 001 Distance Studies/Online Special Topics in Popular Literature - 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.
J. Leonard
2097B 001 Distance Studies/Online 2097B - The Madness of Creativity (cross-listed with Music 3854B)
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.
J. Faflak/B. Younker
2099G 001
(Evening)
Distance Studies/Online The Alice Munro Chair in Creativity: The Creative Moment - Active Voice (cross-listed with ArtHum 3393G)
This course was created for writers, poets, public speakers, and artists of all genres who wish to incorporate the power of live performance into their creative practice. Participants will be required to read selections and samples of work from contemporary novelists, poets, memoirists, and songwriters, and then the creators of these works themselves will join the class online to read and/or perform, and engage in dialogue with the students about their work, their approach to their craft, and their own artistic practice. Students will also be encouraged to write and develop their own live performance repertoire, and the class discussions will cover topics such as material selection, editing for the stage, microphone skills, performance techniques, and adapting live performance for our new online reality. Previous experience with live performance is a bonus, but it is not a prerequisite.
Alice Munro Chair: Ivan Coyote
2200F 001 Distance Studies/Online History of Theory and Criticism
This course offers an introduction to some of the most influential ideas in and about literature and the arts from Plato to the turn of the twentieth century.

Wait, let me interrupt that: this sounds dry. And the readings might seem that at times. The course won’t be, however, and you’ll find your way into the readings, too. What the course does is allow us to take a step back and ask fundamental questions about literature and the arts, as well as about what we are doing when we study them. To quote the German Romantic poetic Friedrich Hölderlin, “Wozu Dichter in dürftiger Zeit?” (“What are poets for in wretched times”—a question for today!).

So, we’ll ask what literature is for. Why does it matter? Why does studying it matter? What is the nature of truth in literature? What is beauty? How are such central concepts arrived at? What are their implications?

While the main focus of the course will be on figures, again, from Plato to about Nietzsche, we will also introduce some contemporary readings that take these up, extend them, and often put them into question. In particular, we’ll read theory that challenges some of the assumptions of these earlier texts and their dismissal, exclusion, or reduction of class, race, and gender. And, finally, we’ll read a truly beautiful novel by Toni Morrison that sheds light on the implications of the very notion of beauty if it requires, eg., one to have blue eyes …

J. Plug
2201G 001 Distance Studies/Online Contemporary Theory and Criticism
The course will examine a number of “schools” or trends in twentieth-century theory: eg., structuralism and deconstruction; psychoanalysis, feminism, and gender theory; cultural and materialist thinking about art and media; and postcolonial and critical race theory.

Most of all, the aim of the course is to challenge our assumptions: about the nature of language and its relationship to the world, as well as its use in literature; about the subject, the self, the I, and how identity is formed; about the relations between subjects, the impact upon them of social and political structures, power; about how literature and art help us think through all of these and the extent to which they engage in those structures of power or perhaps offer the hope of resistance to them.

J. Plug
2202G 001
(Evening)
Distance Studies/Online Studies in Poetics
This course introduces students to some of the major poems in English literary history and the theoretical tools used to analyze poetics. We will be concentrating on doing attentive close readings of poems together, so class participation will be important. The poems we’ll read are among the best that has been thought and said, so we’ll get a chance to enjoy the poems while we bring out the nuances of each work. We’ll also focus on developing skills in poetics, including understanding some of the basic poetical forms in English, meter and scansion, rhetorical terms used in literary analysis, and big questions about the politics and purposes of poems.
J. Schuster
2301E 001 Distance Studies/Online British Literature Survey
“Literature,” writes Ezra Pound, “is news that stays news.” Pound speaks of the continued urgency of literature, suggesting that true art maintains a critical relevance across time, perhaps even across cultural contexts. Our task here will be to attend to the various ideas that mark literature as urgent, as “news.” We will, for instance, consider ideas of monstrosity, of what constitutes the monster (Beowulf, Shelley’s Frankenstein, Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell); we will ask how literature offers an understanding of what constitutes the self, the human subject (King Lear, Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey,” Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”); we will wish to understand how literature offers ways of thinking about catastrophe, loss, and of mourning (Milton’s Paradise Lost, Beckett’s Endgame, Oswald’s Memorial); we will consider those complex, and fascinating, moments when the literature begins to reflect on its own status as literature, as art (Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Art”; Yeats’ “No Second Troy”; Heaney’s “Digging”).
J. Boulter
2401E 002 Distance Studies/Online American Literature Survey (video)
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.
A. MacLean
2501E 001 Distance Studies/Online 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.
D. Pennee
2601E 001
(Evening)
Distance Studies/Online Global Literatures in English Survey
Global Literatures in English typically focuses on the novels, plays, poems and essays written in English by people from what used to be British colonies, or by people who have been, in one way or another, affected by colonialism. These texts, therefore, bear on them very clearly the marks of resistance to colonialism. They tend to be explicitly anti-racist, and insistently bear witness to the humanity and strength of traditions that were often denigrated or dismissed by the colonial powers. In a time like the present, when anti-racist struggles and the need for mutual cultural understanding have become some of the major moral imperatives in a globalized and interconnected world, such texts acquire a peculiar and lasting importance.
N. Joseph
3201F 001 Distance Studies/Online Introduction to Cultural Studies
The course familiarizes students with some of the most influential essays and articles that helped launch Cultural Studies as a discipline. Students will learn how to analyze cultural artefacts and genres in a scholarly fashion and will become familiar with such concepts as ideology and hegemony. They will also become familiar with debates about high culture and mass culture, and with theories about the effects of cultural discourses on gender, race and class.
N. Joseph
3204G 001 Distance Studies/Online Critical Race Theory (cross-listed with Women's Studies 3324G)
This course explores key concepts in critical race theory, focusing on: cultural constructions of race and their connection to settler colonialism and imperialism; the links between race, class, gender, and sexuality; processes of racialization; whiteness as an “invisible” category; the hypervisibility of racialized subjects; and anti-racist cultural production.
J. Sandhar
3300 001 Distance Studies/Online History of English Language
English has a long history which begins in the British Isles around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire and is still in progress across the world. It also has a long prehistory: its earliest reconstructable ancestor was spoken in the approximate area of what is now Ukraine about five thousand years ago. This course will tell the whole story of the language, paying particular attention to reading texts in different varieties of English from a wide chronological and geographical range. Its primary focus will be on the dynamic life of the English language: its instability and diversity; its relations with other languages; and its place in the social and cultural lives of its speakers. The course will begin by introducing students to the components of linguistic analysis; after working our way through a historical survey from Old to Modern English, we will conclude the course by exploring global forms of English and non-standard forms of English.

This course will be offered asynchronously for the most part, with one hour per week of synchronous class discussion held via Zoom. All course content, in the form of written lectures, study guides, written exercises, short readings, quizzes, and assignments, will be available online, via OWL. Zoom discussions will give students an opportunity to share their thoughts, raise questions, and hear from each other and from me about course readings and material. These discussions will be loosely structured by questions distributed in advance but students are also encouraged to bring their own ideas and questions to the “table” and to steer the discussion in the way that best suits their course-related concerns and interests for the week.

A. Schuurman
3316E 001 Distance Studies/Online Love in the Middle Ages
Love may seem like a universal emotion, but as Chaucer notes:

Ek for to wynnen love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.

If people express their love differently in different ages and lands, does it follow that they also feel love differently? This course will explore the different expressions and experiences of love in the medieval period. We will focus on the literature of late-medieval England, but we will place the English within a broader European context. We will also look at a variety of manifestations of love: romantic and erotic, but also familial, divine, and platonic. While exploring this most fundamental of emotional states, we will learn to read and enjoy Middle English literature. We will begin with Chaucer’s short lyric poems, which are relatively easy, and work our way to more challenging genres and dialects of the language.

This course will be offered asynchronously for the most part, with 1-2 hours per week of synchronous class discussion held via Zoom. All course content, in the form of lectures, study guides, and assignments, will be available online, via OWL. Zoom discussions will give students an opportunity to share their thoughts, raise questions, and hear from each other and from me about course readings and material. These discussions will be loosely structured by questions distributed in advance but students are also encouraged to bring their own ideas and questions to the “table” and to steer the discussion in the way that best suits their course-related concerns and interests for the week. We will also use synchronous Zoom sessions for listening to Middle English and practicing reading out loud.

A. Schuurman
3320F 001

Distance Studies/Online

Desire in the Renaissance
This course will examine the profuse complexity of Renaissance love poetry. Love poems were transgressive, fantastical, and even political. They allowed both men and women to break through cultural and religious restrictions on the expression of desire, and gave them a language to discuss gendered and political dynamics of dominance and submission.

In this course, I’m especially interested in the idea of “writing back.” While we’ll take care to establish the normative language of desire, we’ll also think extensively about how writers transgress that language. We’ll ask questions such as: How do women writers establish themselves as desiring subjects using the patriarchal discourse of Petrarchism and Neoplatonism? How do both male and female writers destablize normative gender hierarchies, express same-sex desires, and even gesture towards non-binary identities? How do Renaissance writers respond to and reshape traditional narratives of desire in ways that allow us, today, to reflect on our own increasingly multidimensional experience of desire, gender, and sexuality?

M. Bassnett
3329F 001 Distance Studies/Online Topics in Renaissance Literature - Milton: Minor Poems and Selected Prose
This course is a complement to 3321F (my course on Paradise Lost), though neither course is a prerequisite for the other and it does not matter in which order they are taken, should any students decide to take both. The course will fall into three roughly equal parts: 1) a close reading of the early poems (especially “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso,” A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle, “Lycidas”, and the English sonnets); 2) a study of the prose pamphlets from Milton’s middle years (especially The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, Areopagitica, and The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates); 3) a close reading of Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. Emphasis throughout the course will be placed on Milton’s lasting political relevance for our own time, especially as he addresses (or has influenced) such topics as divorce and marriage (including same-sex marriage), free speech (both its advantages and disadvantages), the rights of the individual in society, and the difficulty of distinguishing terrorism from legitimate resistance to authoritarian rule.
J. Leonard
3330E 001 Distance Studies/Online Shakespeare
This year-long course offers intensive study of one of the world’s greatest playwrights. It will range across twelve plays that illustrate the variety of writing Shakespeare produced for the stage. We will discuss how theatrical conventions and political pressures gave – and in different ways, continue to give – this drama meaning.
J. Purkis
3342G 001 Distance Studies/Online Body, Soul and Person in the Eighteenth Century
This course focuses on male and female Black writers’ narratives and imaginative writing about the black experience in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. With a focus on personhood and personal expression, we explore oppression and resilience, body and soul, voice and silence.
MH McMurran
3352G 001 Distance Studies/Online Am I to be the Hero of my own Life: Nineteenth-Century Fictions of the Individual and the World
Nineteenth-century philosophers celebrated the individual, but the period also saw the emergence of new forms of social control in politics, the market, and the workplace. This course examines the individual’s relation to society and the world in nineteenth-century English literature. Looking at examples of Victorian fiction, poetry, and autobiography, we will explore the problems of gender, race, and social class and will consider the effects of industrialization and the challenges faced by women of colour in the racialized and colonialist society of nineteenth-century Britain.
J. Devereux
3359F 001 Distance Studies/Online Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Pre-Raphaelites (cross-listed with ARTHUM 3393F)
This course will be broad enough to provide an introduction to this historical period. It may concentrate on a shorter historical span, a particular genre, or use some other principle of selection.
D. Bentley
3369F 001 Distance Studies/Online Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Jane Austen (cross-listed with Women's Studies 3311F)
This course will be broad enough to provide an introduction to this historical period. It may concentrate on a shorter historical span, a particular genre, or use some other principle of selection.
MH McMurran
3370G 001 Distance Studies/Online Modernism and the Birth of the Avante-Garde
One of the guiding questions for this course will be what makes Modernism modern. To what extent, then, does Modernism mark a break from the past and attempt to forge something new—especially new literary forms, but literary forms that also allow the Modernists to rethink literature’s relation to history and politics, and to itself, its own forms. If Modernism does this, if it invents new forms, and even rethinks newness, does it also anticipate its own extension—or perhaps overcoming—in an avant-garde that makes perhaps even greater cause with innovation, both formal and political?

What—this will be perhaps our overriding concern—is the relation between literary forms, on the one hand, and historical and political forms and deformations, on the other?

This course will not stay within the historical movements and figures usually associated with Modernism or the Avant-Garde, nor will it remain within any national boundaries. Rather, it might follow explorations in form and politics from the Modernism into contemporary literature and from England, Ireland, and beyond ...

J. Plug
3449F 001 Distance Studies/Online Topics in Early American Literature: What is an American?
This course offers advanced studies in American Literature produced before the Civil War. Specific content will vary from year to year depending on the instructor.
A. MacLean
3490G 001 Distance Studies/Online American Drama: Home Sweet Home
This course will focus on the home in US drama. The living room is perhaps the most ubiquitous of settings in American drama, but it is a complex space, a battleground upon which larger conflicts in American culture are staged. Through our observations of plays such as Death of a SalesmanOur TownA Raisin in the Sun, and Hamilton, we will ask such questions as: how does the home define the concepts of work and leisure, male and female, old and new, poor and rich, foreign and domestic, public and private, comfort and danger? How are larger national ideologies (for example, the American dream or the concept of race) articulated through the home? How is the nation a home? Finally, how do different artistic movements (such as realism and expressionism) and genres (such as the comedy, the living room drama, and the musical) approach these issues differently?
A. MacLean
3572G 001 Distance Studies/Online Canadian Literature and Multiculturalism
Explore "multiculturalism," one of Canada's most celebrated and contested national attributes! An officialdesignation since the 1980s, multiculturalism unofficially has always been part of the making of Canada. Study representations of multiculturalism, from the 1890s to 2018, through detailed analysis of literary texts and critical debates about multiculturalism.
D. Pennee
3581G 001
(Evening)
Distance Studies/Online Toronto: Culture and Performance (cross-listed with Theatre Studies 3581G and Arts & Humanities 3390G)
How does the theatre that appears on Toronto’s stages reflect, extend, challenge and question the City of Toronto’s global-city aspirations? This is just one of a host of questions we’ll be asking in this exciting new course, as we see live theatre of all kinds, talk with actors, directors, and reviewers, and explore the city’s contemporary theatre ecology through readings drawn from performance studies as well as urban studies. Students can expect to make at least four class trips into the city to see live performance, and to read a handful of scripts from the city’s most recent theatre seasons alongside some contextual materials.

COVID-19 update: in the event we are not able to travel to Toronto for live theatre events, we will instead view a series of Toronto-based performances online; students can also look forward to virtual visits from artists and culture workers in the sector, including those from Toronto, Stratford, and London, ON. In the event live theatre and travel are not permitted, students will also be refunded their supplementary course fee of $150.

K. Solga
3670G 001 Distance Studies/Online Global Indigenous Literatures
This course engages with the cultures of storytelling and literary production of different Indigenous peoples across the globe. In reading this literature with attention to the distinct cultures, territories, and histories of particular Indigenous nations, this course will also consider what unites Indigenous peoples on an international level.
J. Emberley
3891F 001 Distance Studies/Online Cultural Studies, Representation and Identity
In this course, students will be introduced to Cultural Studies theories and methods in the area of Identity and Representation with an emphasis on the study of literary and photographic texts. Through a series of “case studies,” students will learn about how identity is shaped by, and shapes, social and imaginative worlds. Topics such as sexuality, diaspora, motherhood and family, among others, may be discussed.
J. Emberley
4311E 001 In Person Seminar in Medieval Language and Literature: Tolkien and Old English (cross-listed with English 9171)
At the age of sixteen, a master at King Edward’s School in Birmingham lent Ronald Tolkien an Anglo-Saxon primer, which he devoured with enthusiasm before turning to the reading of Beowulf, then Middle English, then Old Norse, and then Germanic philology as a subject of some fascination. And then he turned to inventing languages. In this course, we will study Old English as Tolkien did, beginning with introductory short prose texts, then some of the shorter poems, and then Beowulf, always comparing our approach to Tolkien’s, and the primer and reader that he used with our own introductory texts. When we get to Beowulf, we will read his landmark Gollancz Lecture from 1936, which arguably turned the study of the poem from the quarrying philologists and archaeologists, and towards scholars of literature and culture. We will also consider the other poems which Tolkien addressed in his scholarly role as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford. Alongside, we will engage with the works that Tolkien wrote himself, inspired by the medieval texts he studied professionally. We will read The Lord of the Rings, and some of his other works, and consider their reception during and after Tolkien’s life, and will delve somewhat into Tolkien’s own compositions in Old English, and his other engagements with Anglo-Saxon matters.
J. Toswell
4320G 001 Distance Studies/Online Seminar in Renaissance Literature: Milton and C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) is mostly remembered as a Christian apologist and an author of children’s literature (the “Narnia” chronicles), but he was also a Professor of English at both Oxford and Cambridge, and a writer of science fiction (the “Perelandra” trilogy). While at Oxford, he wrote one of the most influential works of Milton criticism of the twentieth century, A Preface to Paradise Lost (1942). His posthumously published The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (1964) also makes frequent reference to Milton. The “Perelandra” trilogy is a reimagining of the Adam and Eve story, much influenced by Paradise Lost, which Lewis first read when he was a nine-year-old boy. Lewis’s Milton criticism has always provoked controversy and there has been a strong reaction against it in recent years, most notably from the self-styled “New Milton Critics,” who have charged Lewis with robbing Milton of radical and heretical energy. This seminar course will provide students with an opportunity to read both Lewis and Milton in the light of these criticisms. We shall read Paradise Lostalongside both Lewis’s criticism and the “Perelandra” trilogy, with a special emphasis on Milton’s and Lewis’s depictions of outer space and life on other worlds. We shall  read The Silver Chair alongside Milton’s Ludlow Masque (“Comus”), and The Magician’s Nephew alongside Paradise Lost and minor poems by Milton and Thomas Traherne.
J. Leonard
4350G 530 In Person Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature: The Brontës: Romance, Realism, and Myth (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. We 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.
M. Lee
4771F 001 Distance Studies/Online Beyond Apocolypse: Indigenous Speculative Storytelling
Global citizens are currently living in the midst of what, a few short months ago, might have seemed to many like a dystopian future. And, yet, while this crisis is felt by all, the severity of struggle is not experienced evenly across the world or even within the same nation: geopolitics, economics, class, ability, and “race” shape who is rendered particularly vulnerable and exposed to harm.

What might reading and thinking about dystopias, apocalypse, and survival offer at such a turbulent time? How might such critical engagements elucidate asymmetries of privilege and precarity while also inspiring hope for solidarity and for social and political change? This seminar will take up such questions by engaging specifically with contemporary Indigenous speculative storytelling across a range of genres from literature and drama to film. While this work has at times been received by non-Indigenous audiences as a new innovation, many Indigenous artists have long asserted that some of the key tropes of speculative fiction such as alien invasion and post-apocalyptic struggles are familiar terrain for Indigenous peoples. As Wirlomin-Noongar-Australian author Claire G. Coleman asserts, Indigenous people “don't have to imagine an apocalypse, we survived one. We don't have to imagine a dystopia, we live in one — day after day after day.” With this vital recognition at the forefront, our course will grapple with the historical, social, and political contexts of settler colonialism that have created radically uneven worlds that are experienced as apocalyptic for some while generating privilege and prosperity for others.

While Indigenous speculative storytelling is often used as an imaginative response to colonization, such stories are also rich with Indigenous knowledges and practices that exceed colonialism’s reach. Indigenous stories are thus key to imagining alternative worlds beyond apocalypse, worlds of Indigenous resurgence and regeneration. Attending carefully to the articulation of these worlds and the knowledges they are built upon, our course will engage with the culturally-specific epistemologies and storytelling traditions represented in each work. At the same time, we will also consider points of connection amongst Indigenous artists who are drawing upon their nations’ philosophies to envision decolonial futures.

P. Wakeham
4871F 550
(Evening)
Distance Studies/Online Seminar in Literary Studies: 20th Century African American Women’s Fiction (Huron University College)
This course will explore the prose work of African American writers, such as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker whose writing shows a paradoxical desire to celebrate and reject cultural traditions. Traditions which the writers feel have both disempowered black women and in many ways define their identity. With particular focus on the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement, we will assess the political aspects of the texts and the way in which literature can address current social issues.
N. Brooks
4871G 270 Blended Seminar in Literary Studies: Narrative, performative, and dialectical selfhood in William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, James Joyce and Ralph Ellison (King's University College)
The idea of a “narrative selfhood” has been explored by Alasdair Macintyre, who suggests that, deprived of stories, children become “unscripted, anxious stutterers in their actions as in their words.” Other, often competing, versions of selfhood include the dramaturgical or performative self and the self dialectically constituted from the interplay between self-regard and the evaluation of oneself by others. All three versions of selfhood are prominently on display in our contemporary social-media-influenced world; and all three types have been explored by theorists who are interested in the way awareness of class, race and gender have inflected the negotiation of selfhood by modern subjects. This course explores the theoretical underpinnings of these three versions of selfhood, especially as they are illustrated and dramatized in the fictions of Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), William Wordsworth ((The Prelude) Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre), James Joyce (Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man), and Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man). Among the theorists we will look at are Hegel, Alasdair Macintyre, Frantz Fanon, G.H. Mead, Erving Goffman, Judith Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Kimberlé Crenshawe.
N. Joseph
4881G 550 Distance Studies/Online Seminar in Literary Studies: Courtesan Stories (Huron University College)
Female performing artists have figured powerfully in the paintings, photographs, histories, stories, poetry, and film that have emerged from the Indian subcontinent in the last 300 years or so. Known by various names – most often as ‘devadasi’ in South India and ‘tawaif’ in the north – and practising their public art in diverse regions of India, these girls and women have been objects of fascination in popular as well as high culture during both the British imperialist and Indian nationalist eras. This course will give students the opportunity to examine representations of these dancers and singers, who might jointly be called ‘courtesans,’ though that term doesn’t effectively capture the distinctive functions that they served in their societies, functions which included creating and preserving many of the performing arts for which India is now famous. We will study films and literature about them from key historical moments and poetry, letters, and petitions by them in order to come to some way to grasp the profound difference that they embodied in terms of their performance of gender, caste, class, and sexuality.
T. Hubel
4899F 001 Distance Studies/Online The Alice Munro Chair in Creativity Seminar: Creative Writing Workshop
Participants will be introduced to methods and means for creating their own personal writing discipline and creative practice. This course is crafted for students who are serious about creating an early draft or developing a work of narrative prose, a short story collection, or a poetry manuscript. There will be short readings from contemporary authors introduced for the purposes of inspiration and discussion. Weekly word-count based writing assignments will be produced, and workshopped in a creative and encouraging environment. This course is built on the premise that a writer learns to write through a scheduled, sustained, and supported writing practice. For Fall 2020, this course will be delivered synchronously online via Zoom.
Alice Munro Chair: Ivan Coyote
4999E 001 Distance Studies/Online 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.
Various

2020 Spring/Summer

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Distance Studies (May 4-July 31)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
1020E 650 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.
M. McDayter
2033E 650 Children's Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
G. Cerladi
2071F 650 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.
J. Kelly
2072F 650 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.
J. Kelly
3330E 650 Shakespeare
Shakespeare remains one of the most influential of English writers. This course studies plays across a range of genres. Instructors may integrate theatre-oriented exercises and/or other dramatic or non-dramatic material, depending on individual emphasis.
J. Devereux

Intersession (May 11-June 26) - DELIVERED DURING DISTANCE STUDIES SESSION

Course # Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
2033E 001 Children's Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
G. Ceraldi

2019-20 FALL/WINTER

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Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
1010G 650 This University
Learn about Western, its story, its architecture, academic calendar, governance, codes of conduct, research; and learn about universities, their origins in the Middle Ages, their development and current campus issues. Read a short story by Western’s own Nobel prizewinner Alice Munro, and think about universities in the world today. Taught in a flexible hybrid format.
J. Toswell
1020E 001 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.
M.J. Kidnie
1020E 002 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.
A. Lee
1020E 003 (Evening) 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.
M. Stephenson
1022E 001 Enriched Introduction to English Literature
The principal aims of English 1022E are: (1) to give students an overview of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present, with some attention to recent Canadian writers; (2) to introduce students to a variety of literary genres, historical perspectives, and critical approaches; (3) to permit students to strengthen their writing and research skills and to apply them to the study of literature; and, last, but by no means least, (4) to enable students to deepen their interest in and enjoyment of the study and use of English. Among the authors studied are William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Keats, Christina Rossetti, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, and Anne Michaels.
J. Faflak
1027F 001 The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative
The act of storytelling has been essential to human culture from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day. Stories are integral to the way we define ourselves – and manipulate others. This course will examine the story teller’s art not only through novels and short stories but also in its ancient and modern forms, ranging from the epic to more recent forms such as the graphic novel. As diverse as these stories may seem, they share a central concern with the way we represent ourselves and interpret others.
C. Keep
1028G 001 The Storyteller’s Art II: Introduction to 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.
C. Keep
1120E
(changed to 1020E-003)
001 Representing Violence: An Introduction to the Study of English Literature
Violence threatens and expresses human culture; it encourages social cohesion and disruption; it is an essential and controversial element of human entertainment. While studying literature which engages with violence, students will develop techniques of close reading and critical analysis, as well as fundamental tools of academic inquiry, research and writing.
M. McDayter
2017 002 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.
A. Wenaus
2018B 001 The Culture of Leadership I
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?
A. MacLean
2033E 001 Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
G. Ceraldi
2033E 650
(Online)
Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
C. Suranyi
2041F 001 Fall Theatre Production - The Cenci
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production - The Cenci, 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 are held in March every year so that students can register and receive a course credit for their part in the production. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll.
J. Devereux
2071F 001 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.
A. MacLean
2071G 650
(Online)
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.
A. MacLean
2072F 650
(Online)
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.
G. Ceraldi
2072G 001 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
Wizards, vampires, fairies, and the Chosen One – these figures are no longer confined to a genre ghetto but have instead moved to the mainstream. This course examines the roots of the fantasy genre in novels such as Dracula and The Lord of the Rings and considers how the tropes of the genre have been reproduced and transformed by authors like J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. We will examine the continuing appeal of stories about magic, whether they involve supernatural intrusions, visits to the realm of faerie, or extraordinary powers hidden in apparently ordinary places.
G. Ceraldi
2091G 001 The Creative Moment
This course will explore some of the factors that govern creativity, examining significant historical examples of turning-point moments across a range of disciplines and using literary texts as a way of exploring how evolution in the arts feeds and is fed by evolution in other fields. The course will begin with a broad overview of creativity and then focus on three distinct cultural moments: the rise of drama in Elizabethan England, the birth of modernism in the early 20th century, and the sudden flourishing of Canadian culture in the 1960s.
N. Ricci
2092F 001 Special Topics in Popular Literature - 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.
G. Ceraldi
2092G 001 Special Topics in Popular Literature - The Faerie Realm
Before there was Narnia or Middle Earth, people told stories about the Faerie realm, a world that is both part of and yet separate from ordinary mundane reality. Folkloric traditions suggest that our world is penetrable by a race of beings who dwell under hills or in forests but who interact with humans in various ways: casting glamours, abducting babies, or marketing wares to unwary purchasers. This course will examine the depiction of the Faerie realm by authors ranging from Christina Rossetti in the nineteenth century to Susanna Clarke in the twenty-first, examining how fairy folklore is transformed in these texts into a sometimes frightening, sometimes attractive alternative to ordinary modes of perception.
G. Ceraldi
2096G 001 Special Topics in Popular Literature - 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.
J. Leonard
2190G 001 Special Topics in English: 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.
J. Faflak/B. Younker
2200F 001 History of Theory and Criticism
An introduction to important issues in the history of literary criticism and theory from Plato to the twentieth century.
M.H. McMurran
2201G
(formerly 2210FG)
001 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. English 2200F/G is recommended as preparation for English 2201F/G.
N. Joseph
2202G
(formerly 2230FG)
001 Studies in Poetics
An introduction to important issues and concepts in the theory and analysis of poetry from different periods.
J. Schuster
2301E
(formerly 2307E)
001 British Literature Survey
This course investigates the changing forms of literature produced in the British Isles from the Middle Ages to the present. It addresses key movements and styles through careful analysis of both major authors, such as Shakespeare, Austen, Woolf, or Yeats, and some less well-known yet engaging figures.
J. Boulter
2401E
(formerly 2308E)
002 American Literature Survey (video)
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.
A. MacLean
2501E
(formerly 2309E)
001 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.
M. Jones
2601E
(formerly 2310E)
001 Global Literatures in English Survey
This course introduces students to South Asian, Australian, Caribbean, and African literatures in English. Over the last four decades, these literatures have been studied under rubrics such as commonwealth, post-colonial, world and global literatures. The course will address the relations between postcolonial literary studies and literary globalism. Following an introduction to these terms, students will study works by authors from a range of cultural and historical contexts. These writers engage with the consequences of colonialism, decolonization, nationalism, and globalization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
N. Joseph
3201F
(formerly 2250FG)
001 Introduction to Cultural Studies
An introduction to cultural studies methodology and theory, and the history of cultural studies as a discipline.
T. Phu
3204G 001 Critical Race Theory (cross-listed with Women's Studies 3324G)
This course explores key concepts in critical race theory, focusing on: cultural constructions of race and their connection to settler colonialism and imperialism; the links between race, class, gender, and sexuality; processes of racialization; whiteness as an “invisible” category; the hypervisibility of racialized subjects; and anti-racist cultural production.
J. Sandhar
3300
(formerly 3001)
001 History of 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.
M. Fox
3315E
(formerly 3116E)
001 Disenchanted Chaucer: Authority and Literature in Medieval England
The Middle Ages are often, and correctly, characterized as deeply conservative. Faith in the authority of secular rule, domestic hierarchies and ecclesiastical structures dominated personal and social ideologies. In late medieval England, however, the crown was beholden to the counsel and consent of competing political interests, the household was fashioned according to idealized and practical models at odds with one another, and the church was torn by both theological and financial controversies Poets of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries recognized the competing impulses of their age and produced a wide variety of literature which critiqued, challenged and, at times, attempted to support the status quo. This course will explore some of the most compelling literature written in English, although our special focus will be on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, his contemporaries and immediate successors. In order to study Middle English literature you must be able to read Middle English, so we will also study the grammar, pronunciation and rhythms of Middle English in its many forms.
R. Moll
3321F
(formerly 3224E and 3228FG)
001 Paradise Lost
This half-course will examine such topics as Milton’s grand style, Satan, epic heroism (is Paradise Lost an epic or anti-epic?), the nature of innocence, what it means to “fall,” and whether there can be a “fortunate fall.” Attention will also be paid to seventeenth-century politics, science and astronomy.
J. Leonard
3331G 001 Adapting Shakespeare
Shakespeare invented few of the plots of his plays; instead he used others’ writing. Later artists (including stage and film directors, playwrights, and novelists) have likewise drawn on Shakespeare's plays as inspiration. This half-course explores this range of “Shakespearean adaptation” through close study of two or three major plays.
J. Purkis
3337E 001 Shakespeare and the Drama of His Age
A hive of playwrights, among them Shakespeare, produced a wealth of new theatrical writing in Renaissance England. This year-long course groups six plays by Shakespeare with six relatedplays by writers such as Marlowe, Kyd, Fletcher, Jonson, and Massinger, all of whom, like Shakespeare, flourished in the professional theatres.
J. Purkis
3341F 001 Sex, Death, and Philosophy: Libertinism and Eighteenth Century British Literature
The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 ushered in a new and sometimes frightening era of philosophical, social, and sexual freedom. This course explores Libertinism, a subversive doctrine that challenged cultural and sexual norms, through the poems, plays, and prose of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
M. McDayter
3350E DRAFT 001 The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Austen to Hardy (video)
During the nineteenth century novels became the privileged medium in which British society viewed itself as a whole made up of interrelated parts. The period also saw unprecedented change in novelistic technique and in the business of publishing novels. This course will study these and other developments in prose fiction.
M. Rowlinson
3351G 001 Romantic Revolutions
Revolt, radicalism, counter-revolution, reaction, reformation; hope, crisis, peace, war, invention, imagination, catastrophe, wonder, terror. What shadows did revolution cast upon the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? This course examines a range of texts that reflect Romantic and post-Romantic transformations, upheavals, and reversals in aesthetic, socio-political, scientific, and/or psychological thought and writing.
M. Mazur
3353F 001 The Woman Question: Nineteenth-Century Woman Writers
In the nineteenth century, women readers and women writers were an important part of the new mass market for English literature, often leading in the emergent campaign for women’s rights. This course will discuss these and other issues in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by women from the 1790s to 1900.
J. Devereux
3371F 001 Contemporary Experimental Literature
Several contemporary poets and fiction writers express a profound dissatisfaction with traditional literary genres, preferring to focus on radical innovations in technique. This course examines a range of texts that offer a more clinical approach to writing, inspired by such structures as dreams, arbitrary constraints, and game theory.
J. Boulter
3372F 001 Drama of the Irish Literary Revival
The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, site of new dramatic forms as well as political rioting, was at the centre of the Irish Literary Revival of the early twentieth century. This course examines the beginnings of the theatre in 1904 and explores the function of drama within the Irish literary tradition.
J. Devereux
3470F 001 American Cult Classics
This course explores movements or genres with passionate followings and transgressive or countercultural themes. How did these cult traditions emerge and how can we explain their appeal? Topics may include religious or illicit countercultures, American gothic fiction, Beat literature, hard-boiled detective fiction, and sci fi.
J. Schuster
3479F 001 Topics in American Literature: Topic TBA - CANCELLED
This course will explore a narrow topic within later American literature. It may concentrate on a shorter historical span, a particular genre, or use some other principle of selection.
T. Carmichael
3581F DRAFT 001 Toronto: Culture and Performance (cross-listed with Theatre Studies 3581F and Arts & Humanities 3390F)
How does the theatre that appears on Toronto’s stages reflect, extend, challenge and question the City of Toronto’s global-city aspirations? This is just one of a host of questions we’ll be asking in this exciting new course, as we travel to Toronto regularly to see live theatre of all kinds, talk with actors, directors, and reviewers, and explore the city’s contemporary theatre ecology through readings drawn from performance studies as well as urban studies. Students can expect to make at least four class trips into the city to see live performance, and to read a handful of scripts from the city’s most recent theatre seasons alongside some contextual materials.
K. Solga
3680F
(formerly 3880F)
001 First Nations Literatures (cross-listed with First Nations 3880F)
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.
P. Wakeham
3911G 001 Special Topics: Asian North American Literature and the Remains of War
“We are here because you were there.” – Stuart Hall.

Though Canada and the U.S. are often celebrated in immigrant novels as havens for those seeking safety from war, a diasporic framework complicates this meta-narrative of benevolence. Stuart Hall’s observation about the legacies of imperial violence on Black diasporic subjects also applies for Asian diasporas. This course examines the emergence of Asian diasporic literature in Canada and the U.S., paying particular attention to the cultural work that they do in forming community and protesting injustice. In our close study of select novels, we will consider the significance of their formal experimentation, examine their engagement with the themes of race, gender, and sexuality, and situate them within their social and historical contexts, focusing in on how they respond to and the violence of wars, from WWII, to the Cold War, to the Global War on Terror. Texts we may explore include: Sheila Bala’s The Boat People; Mohsen Hamid’s Exit West; Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior; Joy Kogawa’s Obasan; Marjorie Liu’s Monstress; Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing; Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt; and Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous.

T. Phu
4320F 001 Seminar in Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare and Friends
TBA.
J. Purkis
4360G 001 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Visual Culture and Victorian Literature
This course will explore the relationship between the visual arts and literature during the Victorian period and will discuss Victorian illustration, photography, art education, exhibitions, and galleries, as well as periodicals such as Punch and the Magazine of Art. We will begin by examining illustrated texts, including the Moxon Tennyson (1857), and then look at novels that represent art, artists, or artist’s models, such as Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White (1859), Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret (1862), Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), and George Du Maurier’s Trilby (1894).
J. Devereux
4370G 001 Seminar in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature: Post Postmodernism
TBA.
A. Lee
4371G 530 Seminar in Twentieth Century British and Irish Literature: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British Women Novelists and the War Novel (Brescia University College)
The seminar will consider texts by mostly British women who have engaged aspects of the experience of the World Wars in their writing. Texts by Kate Atkinson, Pat Barker, Elizabeth Bowen, Katharine Burdekin, Penelope Fitzgerald, Sarah Waters, and others will be central to the course, but short pieces by others may also be discussed. The war novel has usually been the province of male authors, but this seminar will expand our sense of what is possible.
B. Diemert
4570F 001 Seminar in Canadian Literature: Advanced Fiction Workshop
This advanced fiction workshop offers a chance for students who are serious about their writing to get a start on the novel they’ve always wanted to write under the guidance of a seasoned professional novelist. The course will focus on the crucial early stages of the writing process. By the end of the course students should have completed anywhere from 20 to 40 pages of an early draft of their novel. It is advised that students who enroll in the class have at least a rough idea beforehand of the project they would like to pursue.
N. Ricci
4572F 550 Seminar in Canadian Literature - Literature of the Canada/U.S. Border (Huron University College)
TBA.
N. Brooks
4851G 550 Seminar in Literary Studies: Music and Culture (Huron University College)
TBA.
J. Vanderheide
4851G 570 Seminar in Literary Studies: The Performance and Embodiment of Gender in Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Kafka, and Joyce (King's University College)
This course explores ideas about how gender is embodied, constructed, and performed in texts by Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Franz Kafka, and James Joyce. Among the theorists whose ideas we draw on are Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Iris Marion Young, and Judith Butler.
N. Joseph
4871F 570 Seminar in Literary Studies: Street to Stage - Festival Cultures in Theory and Practise (King's University College)
TBA.
I. Rae
4999E 001 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.
Various

2019 Spring/Summer

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Distance Studies (May 6-Jul 26)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
1020E 650 Understanding Literature Today K. Stanley
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2071F 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction - CANCELLED TBA
2072F 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
3330E 650 Shakespeare J. Devereux

Intersession (May 13-Jun 21)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi

2018-19 FALL/WINTER

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Course # *Course
Outline
Course Title & Description Instructor
1020E 001 Understanding Literature Today: The Art of Belligerence
This course invites students to consider what it means to read literature today. How does literature help us understand our lives in the early twenty-first century? We will consider literature’s engagement in history and politics, and our role, as readers of literature, in conversations that shape the worlds in which we live. Through readings of prose, poetry, and drama, we will explore the power of disobedience (whether in face of the state, gods, or family) and the desire to belong. We will also consider, more specifically, aesthetic questions, such as: What is literature? What formal means do writers use to engage thematic preoccupations? How do writers and literary texts speak to one another, sometimes across centuries? Just as importantly, students will learn to make persuasive arguments, honing their writing craft, oral communication, and research skills.
M.J. Kidnie
1020E 002 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.
A. Lee
1020E 003 (Evening) Understanding Literature Today: Literatures of Violence
Violence, in its many forms, represents both a deadly threat to, and expression of, human culture. It is a force of social cohesion and disruption; it is horror and pain and injustice, and yet also an almost obligatory element of human entertainment. We condemn it as inhumane, but our histories insist that it is a fundamental component of being human. And it looms as both the end, and sometimes the ends, of art. This course will examine the complexity of our culture engagement with violence through a diverse range of texts. We will study representations of violence in the contexts of history and society, as well as with reference to its impact upon identity, and its relationship to gender, class, ethnicity, and culture.
M. McDayter
1022E 001 Enriched Introduction to English Literature
The principal aims of English 1022E are: (1) to give students an overview of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present, with some attention to recent Canadian writers; (2) to introduce students to a variety of literary genres, historical perspectives, and critical approaches; (3) to permit students to strengthen their writing and research skills and to apply them to the study of literature; and, last, but by no means least, (4) to enable students to deepen their interest in and enjoyment of the study and use of English. Among the authors studied are William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Keats, Christina Rossetti, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, and Anne Michaels.
D. Bentley
1027F 001 The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative
The act of storytelling has been essential to human culture from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day. Stories are integral to the way we define ourselves – and manipulate others. This course will examine the story teller’s art not only through novels and short stories but also in its ancient and modern forms, ranging from the epic to more recent forms such as the graphic novel. As diverse as these stories may seem, they share a central concern with the way we represent ourselves and interpret others.
G. Ceraldi
1028G 001 The Storyteller’s Art II: Topics in Narrative - Realism, Fantasy, Dystopia
Since the time of Jane Austen, literary excellence has been associated with realism. The nomination lists for major literary awards are often dominated by texts characterized by realistic settings, complex characters, and an attention to the small details that make up the fabric of ordinary life. Nevertheless, in recent years the cultural landscape has come to be dominated by the fantasy genre: ranging from the Harry Potter series to the post-apocalyptic fantasy The Road, fantasy novels have become increasingly central to the way we tell our stories, examine our politics, and think about our future. This course will examine the dominance of realism by looking not only at realist novels but also at texts that feature characters who are themselves authors (or artists) struggling with the demands of realism. We will also examine the appeal of fantasy by looking at texts that foreground their reasons for rejecting the restrictions of realism.
G. Ceraldi
2017 002 
(Evening)
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.
N. Joseph
2018A 001
(Evening)
The Culture of Leadership I
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?
J. Lambier
2033E 001 Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
G. Ceraldi
2033E 650
(Online)
Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
C. Suranyi
2041F 001 Fall Theatre Production - Dido, Queen of Carthage
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production - Dido, Queen of Carthage, 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 are held in March each year so that students can register and receive a course credit for their part in the production. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll.
J. Devereux
2071F 650
(Online) 
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.
J. Kelly
2071G 650
(Online)
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.
M. Stephenson
2072F 650
(Online)
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.
J. Kelly
2072G 001 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
Wizards, vampires, fairies, and the Chosen One – these figures are no longer confined to a genre ghetto but have instead moved to the mainstream. This course examines the roots of the fantasy genre in novels such as Dracula and The Lord of the Rings and considers how the tropes of the genre have been reproduced and transformed by authors like J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. We will examine the continuing appeal of stories about magic, whether they involve supernatural intrusions, visits to the realm of faerie, or extraordinary powers hidden in apparently ordinary places.
G. Ceraldi
2074F 001 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.
M. Jones
2076G 001
(Evening)
Medieval Heroes, Villains and other Outsiders (NEW!)
This course will oscillate between the stories of historical medieval individuals and medieval literary figures, considering how these diverse entities embodied their beliefs and scratched out a sense of agency in the Middle Ages.  By fighting monsters, Beowulf in an Old English poem rebuilt one kingdom and maintained another, but in the end failed as a king.  Arthur, in a broad range of medieval texts, built a kingdom with a code of conduct and a good marriage, but both failed him and the kingdom. Richard the Lionheart and his great opponent Salah ah’Din are figures both of history and literature in the Third Crusade. Sir Morien, the Moorish relative of the Grail quester Perceval in Arthurian legend, boldly marches into Arthurian tradition and carves out his own powerful and striking place at the Round Table.  He is often confused with St Maurice, the Roman commander who died with all his men rather than persecute Christians in Egypt, and lived again in the lance of St Maurice carried at the head of Charlemagne’s armies. Hildegard of Bingen by her own account and by the reports of several others who dealt with her, built a nunnery and many intellectual and musical works by dint of her obstinacy and her faith; her work disappeared into obscurity.  Eleanor of Aquitaine was queen-consort of France, and queen of England, along the way going on the Second Crusade (and contributing essential strategic decision-making in one battle), and perhaps creating the concept of courtly love, a notion that we continue to wrestle with in the present day.  Pope Sylvester II was a remarkable historian and scientist, but his brief papacy at the turn of the first millennium led to his being labelled a devil-worshipper and apostate in later days. Other medieval figures exist in the borderlands between what would today be called literature and what would today be called history: Joan of Arc led the French to victory in retaking their lands from the hated English, but her story is as much myth as it is history; and Robin Hood might be an outlaw dwelling in the greenwood under Richard the Lionheart, or a displaced earl practising local justice and demonstrating archery under Edward III.  In this course we will attempt to disambiguate history from literature, and to discuss the many and multifarious modes of medieval heroisms and antiheroisms.
J. Toswell
2091F 001  Special Topics - Forever Young: Literature for Adolescents
This course considers novels written for and about adolescents, drawing on a range of historical periods and genres while paying particular attention to the political and social history of young adults and their lived experiences. We also consider the place of young adult literature within larger scholarly trends and conversations.
M. Green-Barteet
2091G 001
(Evening)

The Creative Moment
This course will explore some of the factors that promote creativity, examining significant historical examples of turning-point moments across a range of disciplines and encouraging students to apply some basic principles of creativity to their own work. Texts may include The Tempest by William Shakespeare and Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as well as selections from such works as The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn and from such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and T.S. Eliot. We will also be looking at some seminal moments in the history of visual art, film, and the social sciences.

Grading will be based on a series of quizzes on assigned readings and on a major project that will be completed and graded in several stages over the course of the term, from outline to first draft to revision and final submission. The project will be developed in consultation with the instructor and may range from a research paper to a piece of creative writing or a creative work in another medium.

N. Ricci
2092F 001
(Evening)
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.
G. Ceraldi
2096F 001 Special Topics in Popular Literature - Ready, Reader One: Video Games and Literature
Are video games a form of literature? What unique opportunities do games present to storytellers? This course examines the intersections of narrative and play by placing games alongside other pieces of popular culture, ranging from comic books to poetry. Students will combine close readings of texts and personal gameplay with class lectures and discussion in order to analyze literary concepts in games and popular culture more broadly. We will explore a range of topics including trauma, the body, and transmedia storytelling. NOTE: while previous experience with games is not necessary, students are expected to spend significant amounts of time reading and playing all course texts.
M. Adams
2096G 001 Special Topics in Popular Literature - 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.
J. Leonard
2200F 001 History of Theory and Criticism
An introduction to important issues in the history of literary criticism and theory from Plato to the twentieth century.
G. Donaldson
2201G
(formerly 2210G)
001 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. English 2200F/G is recommended as preparation for English 2201F/G.
N. Joseph
2202F
(formerly 2230F)
001 Studies in Poetics
An introduction to important issues and concepts in the theory and analysis of poetry from different periods.
J. Schuster
2202G
(formerly 2230G)
001 Studies in Poetics
An introduction to important issues and concepts in the theory and analysis of poetry from different periods.
J. Schuster
2301E
(formerly 2307E)
001
(Evening)
British Literature Survey
This course investigates the changing forms of literature produced in the British Isles from the Middle Ages to the present. It addresses key movements and styles through careful analysis of both major authors, such as Shakespeare, Austen, Woolf, or Yeats, and some less well-known yet engaging figures.
M. Stephenson
2401E
(formerly 2308E)
002  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.
A. MacLean
2501E
(formerly 2309E)
001 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.
D. Pennee
2601E
(formerly 2310E)
001  Global Literatures in English Survey
This course introduces students to South Asian, Australian, Caribbean, and African literatures in English. Over the last four decades, these literatures have been studied under rubrics such as commonwealth, post-colonial, world and global literatures. The course will address the relations between postcolonial literary studies and literary globalism. Following an introduction to these terms, students will study works by authors from a range of cultural and historical contexts. These writers engage with the consequences of colonialism, decolonization, nationalism, and globalization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
N. Joseph
3200G
(formerly 2240FG)
001  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.
A. Schuurman
3203F 001  Human, All Too Human (NEW!)
This course considers the figure of the posthuman as it emerges in the work of contemporary theorists. Beginning with an attempt to define the posthuman, it will then move to answer a series of critical questions regarding what is at stake in posthumanism’s critique of the humanist subject.
J. Boulter
3209F 001  Topics in Theory: Contemporary Topics in Critical Race Studies (cross-listed with Women's Studies 3324F)
This course offers advanced study in a narrowly defined area of theory and criticism. Specific content will vary from year to year depending on the instructor.
W. Gooding
3300
(formerly 3001)
001  History of 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.
M. Stephenson
3316E 001  Love in the Middle Ages (NEW!)
Love may seem like a universal emotion, but as Chaucer notes:

Ek for to wynnen love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.

If people express their love differently in different ages and lands, does it follow that they also feel love differently? This course will explore the different expressions and experiences of love in the medieval period. We will focus on the literature of late-medieval England, but we will place the English within a broader European context. We will also look at a variety of manifestations of love: the familial, divine and platonic in addition to the more obvious romantic and erotic. While exploring this most fundamental of emotional states, we will learn to read and enjoy Middle English literature. We will begin with Chaucer’s short lyric poems which are relatively easy, and work our way to more challenging genres and dialects of the language.
R. Moll
3322F 001  Witchcraft, Magic and Science in Renaissance English Literature (NEW!)
This course examines witchcraft, magic, and the emergence of science in a variety of dramatic and/or non-dramatic English Renaissance texts. These may include, but not be limited to, works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Spenser, Milton, Donne, Bacon and Burton, as well as select contemporaneous witchcraft, exorcism, and demonology pamphlets.
J. Devereux
3323G 001 Drama After Shakespeare (NEW!)
The decades following Shakespeare’s retirement witnessed the production of some extraordinary drama. This half-course will range from dark tragedies, by authors such as Middleton and Ford, to improbable romances by the likes of Heywood and Fletcher. Island princesses, miraculous reunions, lycanthropy, bloody murders, sexual obsession, and redemption lie in wait.
J. Purkis
3327A 001 Remediated Shakespeare (cross-listed with Theatre Studies 3327A) (NEW!)
Be creative! This intensive hands-on study of four Shakespeare plays gives you the opportunity to explore the drama from the inside out. Students edit their own texts, stage short live performances, and transfer their work to digital media.
M.J. Kidnie
3329G 001 Topics in Renaissance Literature: Pain and Suffering in Renaissance Literature (NEW!)
Must one suffer to create? This course explores various and recurrent ways in which pain and suffering presented early modern writers with compelling ways of defining, understanding, and mediating one's relationship to others, whether that relationship was political, amorous, or confessional in nature. Elaine Scarry’s now thirty-year old book The Body in Pain offers the seminal discussion of how pain is something both fundamentally resistant to and powerfully productive of language. With some of Scarry’s most important insights as a starting point, this course surveys a variety of key sixteenth and early seventeenth-century writers and literary forms to identify and interrogate varied, often fraught relationships between the profoundly private experience of suffering and the inherently public nature of the language that documents such an experience.
J. Johnston
3330E 001  Shakespeare (NEW!)
This year-long course offers intensive study of one of the world’s greatest playwrights. It will range across twelve plays that illustrate the variety of writing Shakespeare produced for the stage. We will discuss how theatrical conventions and political pressures gave – and in different ways, continue to give – this drama meaning.
J. Purkis
3342G 001  Body, Soul and Person in the Eighteenth Century (NEW!)
Are we hard-wired for immortality? Poets seem to think so. This course is about how literature, and poetry in particular, expresses the idea of soul and its relation to the body and to the mind. We focus on the eighteenth century when all these ideas were changing dramatically.
M.H. McMurran
3352F 001  Am I to be the Hero of my own Life: Nineteenth-Century Fictions of the Individual and the World (NEW!)
Nineteenth-century philosophers celebrated the individual, but the period also saw the emergence of new forms of social control in politics, the market, and the workplace. This course examines the individual’s relation to society and the world in nineteenth-century English literature. Besides fiction, it may include poetry, drama, and non-fiction.
J. Devereux
3353G 001  The Woman Question: Nineteenth-Century Woman Writers (NEW!)
In the nineteenth century, women readers and women writers were an important part of the new mass market for English literature, often leading in the emergent campaign for women’s rights. This course will discuss these and other issues in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by women from the 1790s to 1900.
J. Devereux
3362G 001  Endless Forms: Life Sciences and Nineteenth-Century Literature (NEW!)
This class will centre on two of the most challenging and transformative books of the Victorian period: Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species and George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch. Darwin’s work had a profound impact on Victorian thinking about religion, time, history, and relations between human beings and other living species. George Eliot’s fiction shows one of the period’s greatest novelists developing new narrative forms in response to this impact. In this course we will have the luxury of reading their work slowly and with careful attention to its implications. Some shorter nineteenth century works will also be covered to provide context for the two books that are the major focus of the course.
M. Rowlinson
3373G 001 The Poetry of Nostalgia (NEW!)
Pound cried “Make It New!” The modern and contemporary poet may attempt to define the radically “modern”, but many major poets — Eliot, Yeats, Pound, Heaney, Oswald — use history to define the modern experience. This course explores how history —mythological, literary, real — is “new”, how nostalgia defines the modern poet’s project.
J. Boulter
3379F 001 Topics in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature: Deformed Space/Time in 20th-Century British and Irish Literature (NEW!)
This course will consider the intersection of space and time in twentieth-and twenty-first century literature. We will discuss how literary constructions like continuous narratives, narrative omniscience, objective perspectives, psychologically stable characters, and ideas of progression all come under attack in Modernism, allowing new literary forms and structures to grow in post-relativistic time.
C. Riddell
3440G 001 What is an American? Early American Literature (NEW!)
Pilgrims. Heretics. Witches. Revolutionaries. Luminaries. Activists. This course will examine topics in American literature before the Civil War, which may include the pressures of contact, the turbulence of the revolution, and the growing complexity of a new nation as it settles into patterns of territorial expansion, slavery, and literary output.
A. MacLean
3471F 001  Ballots and Bullets: US Literature and Civil Rights (NEW!)
This course will consider ways in which the concept of civil rights, so fundamental to the constitutional democracy of the US, is both produced and negotiated in American literature from the sixteenth-century and American Revolution to the era of Donald Trump. We will begin by probing the integrity of the notion of America as a secular democracy by observing how colonial literature forms its ideal human subject through concepts and affects such as conversion, depravity, hierarchy, sympathy, tolerance, and free will that blur the lines between religious and secular civil discourse. Moving forward, we will read the founding texts of American democracy with an eye to understanding how, through the production of literature, civil rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States of America have historically been applied to a severely limited group of people, while women, black Americans, indigenous groups, LGBTQ2 people, and other minorities have not been considered as human subjects of civil rights. We will then observe how both minority and canonical literatures both before, during, and after the American Revolution have sought to achieve equality either through participation in the language of civil rights or through a critique of the very notion of civil rights itself. One key theme in the course will be critically examining the complex historical connection between religious and secular language that underpins American discourses of civil rights. A second key theme will be examining ways in which literature critiques or remediates discourses of civil rights in American culture that have been restricted to white male populations. In the final weeks of the course we will consider the Obama and Trump presidencies, observing how the White House’s crystallization of race relations and other civil rights issues in the U.S. has impacted literature and culture.
T. Kraayenbrink
3572F 001 Canadian Literature and Multiculturalism (NEW!)
Explore "multiculturalism," one of Canada's most celebrated and contested national attributes! An official designation since the 1980s, multiculturalism unofficially has always been part of the making of Canada. Study representations of multiculturalism, from the 1890s to 2018, through detailed analysis of literary texts and critical debates about multiculturalism.
D. Pennee
3579G 001 Topics in Canadian Literature: Canadian Medievalism (NEW!)
This course will explore a narrow topic within post-confederation Canadian literature. It may concentrate on a shorter historical span, a particular genre, or use some other principle of selection.
J. Toswell
3581F 001
(Evening) 
Toronto: Culture and Performance (cross-listed with Theatre Studies 3581F and Arts & Humanities 3393F) (NEW!)
How does the theatre that appears on Toronto’s stages reflect, extend, challenge and question the City of Toronto’s global-city aspirations? This is just one of a host of questions we’ll be asking in this exciting new course, as we travel to Toronto regularly to see live theatre of all kinds, talk with actors, directors, and reviewers, and explore the city’s contemporary theatre ecology through readings drawn from performance studies as well as urban studies. Students can expect to make at least four class trips into the city to see live performance, and to read a handful of scripts from the city’s most recent theatre seasons alongside some contextual materials.
K. Solga
3671G 001 Testimony, Trauma and Revitalization in Indigenous Writings (NEW!)
Students will study Indigenous writings including memoirs, graphic novels, poetry and prose. Students will also read theoretical materials on trauma and healing in decolonial contexts. Topics for discussion may include the land and environment, the missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Idle No More, and language and literary revitalization.
A. Bowes
3678G 001 Cultures of African Queer Representations (NEW!) - CANCELLED
This course examines representations of LGBTQ figures in African literature, film, and political discourse, all of which have recently focused on LGBTQ identity when addressing ideas of Africa, and new national and transnational networks. We will explore creative responses to the legal and social predicaments faced by African sexual minorities.
T. Osinubi
4311E 001  Seminar in Medieval Language and Literature: Tolkien and Anglo-Saxon (cross-listed with English 9171)
At the age of sixteen, a master at King Edward's School in Birmingham lent Ronald Tolkien an Anglo-Saxon primer, which he devoured with enthusiasm before turning to the reading of Beowulf, then Middle English, then Old Norse, and then Germanic philology as a subject of some fascination.  And then he turned to inventing languages.  In this course, we will study Old English as Tolkien did, beginning with introductory short prose texts, then some of the shorter poems, and then Beowulf, always comparing our approach to Tolkien's, and the primer and reader that he used with our own introductory texts.  When we get to Beowulf, we will read his landmark Gollancz Lecture from 1936, which arguably turned the study of the poem from the quarrying philologists and archaeologists, and towards scholars of literature and culture.  We will briefly consider the other poems which Tolkien addressed in his scholarly role as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford, before turning to the works that Tolkien wrote himself, inspired by the medieval texts he studied professionally.  We will read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and consider their reception during and after Tolkien's life, and will delve somewhat into Tolkien's own compositions in Old English, and his other engagements with Anglo-Saxon matters.
J. Toswell
4312G 001  Seminar in Medieval Language and Literature: Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
This course is an in-depth study of Geoffrey Chaucer's masterpiece. Troilus and Criseyde was composed in the 1380s and tells the love story of Troilus, son of Priam and prince of Troy, and Criseyde, daughter of Calchas the traitor, as it unfolds during the siege of Troy. Widely considered to be the pinnacle of medieval romance, Troilus and Criseyde was also profoundly influential on English writers after Chaucer, including Shakespeare. Our study of the poem will entail some exploration of Chaucer's sources, such as Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, Boccaccio's Il Filostrato, and Benoît de Saint-Maure's Roman de Troie, as well as selected readings in the poem's rich afterlife, with such texts as Henryson's Testament of Cresseid and Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida. We will read Chaucer's Middle English but all Latin, Italian, and French texts will be read in modern English translations. Our reading will be supported and informed by lectures and seminar discussions on such topics as Middle English poetics and the romance genre; philosophical ideas about time, free will, and necessity; key concepts and practices of textual transmission, translation, and adaptation; and late medieval politics of sex and gender.
A. Schuurman
4470F 001  Seminar in American Literature: Reading "Eaarth"
Recent environmentalists argue we live on a new planet, hence the new spelling "Eaarth." We will read fiction, poetry, essays, and films from recent decades that use experimental techniques to understand our new Eaarth and what kind of planet it might become in the near future.
J. Schuster
4570F 001  Advanced Fiction Workshop
A workshop course directed at students interested in writing a novel or a collection of linked short stories, with a focus on the crucial early stages of the writing process. Students will be expected to complete 25 to 40 pages of an early draft of a novel or story collection over the course of the term. Readings will include excerpts from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction, Stephen King’s On Writing, and James Wood’s How Fiction Works, as well as selected short stories and novel excerpts. Grading will be based on submitted creative work, on class participation, and on written critiques of fellow students’ work.
N. Ricci
4851F 550 Seminar in Literary Studies: Creative Indigeneity: Indigenous Literature, Popular Culture, and Film from the Settler Colonies (Huron College)
This fourth-year seminar course in English and Cultural Studies will explore writing, filmmaking, and visual texts by indigenous authors, directors, and artists located in such settler states as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. As a class we will examine a number of works of literature, popular culture, and film as well as various 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, graphic novels/comic books, and short stories by indigenous authors, directors, and artists 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.
T. Hubel
4851G 570 Seminar in Literary Studies: Studies in Solitude and Isolation (King's University College)
This course examines the cultural relevance of solitude and isolation from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, from a psychological, philosophical, religious, aesthetic, and political perspective. Possible texts may include Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, 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.
C. Dowdell
4871F 570 Seminar in Literary Studies: Comics and Life Writing (King's University College)
Despite the familiarity of the phrase, many of the most celebrated “graphic novels” are in fact autobiographies, personal narratives of lived experiences ranging from the mundane to the traumatic.  Surveying recent examples of this burgeoning genre, this seminar will consider some of the issues arising from this distinctive form of self-representation.
B. Patton
4871G 550 Seminar in Literary Studies: Version Control: Process, Variation and Flux in Literary Authorship (Huron University College)
This course will examine the versions and variants of poems and prose by authors such as Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Will Eisner, John Milton, Michael Ondatjee, Harriett Beecher Stowe, T.S Eliot and Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman and others. Special focus will be placed on the authorial, literary process (e.g. notetaking, drafting, visualizing) and textual variation (versions of works, differing editions, and the influence of media, e.g. works in manuscript, print and digital). In addition to studying archival and rare materials, students will have a chance to design their own digital archive.
S. Schofield
4881F 001  Seminar in Literary Studies - "Words are Victims": Poetry, Decreation, and the Ruins of Language
This course will explore the poetic and theoretical ways in which several poets grapple with what Wallace Stevens calls "metaphor as degeneration." What does it mean to think of poetry as an allegorical space in which language is fragmented, broken or lying in ruins? How might poets "decreate" language? How does poetry express or conjure such spaces into being-or conversely, mourn their collapse? How do poetic obsessions with precision and concentration victimize language in the guises of suspicion and skepticism, of nostalgia or novelty, to rescue concepts like truth or beauty? Or are they beyond rescue? How are such fraught spaces--of memory, the city, the body, the interior, the metaphoric and metonymic, even death itself--examples of what Maurice Blanchot describes as the fragmentation which "denounces thought as experience...no less than thought as the realization of the whole"? We will work to situate these questions in the work of Wallace Stevens, Mina Loy, Li-Young Lee, and Anne Carson. We will read the works of these poets together with such thinkers as Maurice Blanchot, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Georges Bataille, Simone Weil, René Guénon, and Alain Badiou.
A. Pero
4999E 001 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.
Various

 

2018 Spring/Summer

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Distance Studies (May 7-Jul 27)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
1020E 650 Understanding Literature Today J. Devereux
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2071FG 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction A. MacLean
2072FG 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2401E 650 American Literature Survey T. Phu

Intersession (May 14-Jun 22)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi

 

2017-18 FALL/WINTER

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Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
1020E 001 Understanding Literature Today
J. Boulter
1020E 002 Understanding Literature Today A. Schuurman/M. Stephenson
1020E 003 Understanding Literature Today A. Conway/J. Purkis
1022E  001 Enriched Introduction to English Literature
D. Bentley
1027F 001 The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative C. Keep
1028G 001 The Storyteller’s Art II: Topics in Narrative - The Rise of the Machines C. Keep
2017 002 Reading Popular Culture N. Joseph
2018A 001 The Culture of Leadership I: Heroes, Tyrants, Celebrities J. Faflak
2033E 001 Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
G. Ceraldi
2033E 002 Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
G. Ceraldi
2033E 650 Children’s Literature
This course examines the development of literature for and about children from its roots in fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and nonsense literature. Animal stories, adventure tales, picture books, and domestic novels will be considered alongside visits to fantasy realms like Wonderland, Neverland, or the Land of Oz. A central focus will be the assumptions about children and childhood that shape these texts, all produced by adults based on what they believe children enjoy, want, or need.
C. Suranyi
2041F 001 Fall Theatre Production - Macbeth J. Devereux
2071F 001 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction A. MacLean
2071G 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction A. MacLean
2072F 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy M. Stephenson
2072G

001 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
Wizards, vampires, fairies, and the Chosen One – these figures are no longer confined to a genre ghetto but have instead moved to the mainstream. This course examines the roots of the fantasy genre in novels such as Dracula and The Lord of the Rings and considers how the tropes of the genre have been reproduced and transformed by authors like J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. We will examine the continuing appeal of stories about magic, whether they involve supernatural intrusions, visits to the realm of faerie, or extraordinary powers hidden in apparently ordinary places.
G. Ceraldi
2074F 001 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.
M. Jones
2075F 001 Cultures of Blood: The Contemporary Gothic S. Bruhm
2091F 001 Special Topics - Girls on Fire: Constructions of Girlhood in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction (cross-listed with Women's Studies 2211F)
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.
M. Green-Barteet
2091G 001 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.
J. Faflak/B. Younker
2092F 001 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.
G. Ceraldi
2096F 001 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.
J. Leonard
2180G
(formerly 2680FG)
001 Sport in Literature (cross-listed with Kinesiology 3378G) T. Kraayenbrink
2200F 001 History of Theory and Criticism J. Plug
2201G
(formerly 2210FG)
001 Contemporary Theory and Criticism D. Huebert
2202F
(formerly 2230F)
001 Studies in Poetics M. Bassnett
2202G
(formerly 2230G)
001 Studies in Poetics J. Schuster
2301E
(formerly 2307E)
001 British Literature Survey M. Stephenson
2401E
(formerly 2308E)
001 American Literature Survey  K. Stanley
2401E
(formerly 2308E)
002 American Literature Survey A. MacLean

2501E
(formerly 2309E)

001 Canadian Literature Survey D. Pennee

2601E
(formerly 2310E)

001 Global Literatures in English Survey N. Joseph
3200F
(formerly 2240FG)
001 Feminist Literary Theory A. Young
3201G
(formerly 2250FG)
001 Introduction to Cultural Studies P. Wakeham
3202G
(formerly 2260FG)
001 National and Global Perspectives on Cultural Studies T. Phu
3300
(formerly 3001)
001 History of English Language M. Fox
3300
(formerly 3001)
650 History of English Language M. Fox
3315E 001 Disenchanted Chaucer: Authority and Literature in Medieval England (NEW!)
The Middle Ages are often, and correctly, characterized as deeply conservative. Faith in the authority of secular rule, domestic hierarchies and ecclesiastical structures dominated personal and social ideologies. In late medieval England, however, the crown was beholden to the counsel and consent of competing political interests, the household was fashioned according to idealized and practical models at odds with one another, and the church was torn by both theological and financial controversies Poets of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries recognized the competing impulses of their age and produced a wide variety of literature which critiqued, challenged and, at times, attempted to support the status quo. This course will explore some of the most compelling literature written in English, although our special focus will be on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, his contemporaries and immediate successors. In order to study Middle English literature you must be able to read Middle English, so we will also study the grammar, pronunciation and rhythms of Middle English in its many forms.
R. Moll
3320G 001 Dangerous Desire in the Renaissance (NEW!) M. Bassnett
3321F 001 Paradise Lost (NEW!) J. Leonard
3331G 001 Adapting Shakespeare (NEW!) J. Devereux
3332F 001 Money in Renaissance Drama (NEW!) J. Purkis
3337E 001 Shakespeare and the Drama of his Age (NEW!)
Shakespeare wrote at the birth of the English-language professional theatre. With the advent of paying customers, it was suddenly possible to earn a living as a professional actor or professional playwright – or in Shakespeare’s case, both. But Shakespeare didn’t write his plays in a vacuum. He was one of a constantly-evolving group of playwrights – friends and rivals – who learned from each other even as they competed for audiences. This year-long course sets Shakespeare’s drama alongside the drama of his fellow playwrights. The reading is not yet finalized, but is likely to include The Merchant of Venice and Marlowe’s The Jew of MaltaThe Taming of the Shrew and Fletcher’s The Tamer TamedRomeo and Juliet and Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a WhoreThe Winter’s Tale and Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness; and The Tempest and Massinger’s The Renegado. Students who have already taken English 3227E are welcome to enroll.
M.J. Kidnie
3341G 001 Sex, Death, and Philosophy: Libertinism and Eighteenth-Century British Literature (NEW!) M. McDayter
3350E 001 The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Austen to Hardy (NEW!) J. Devereux
3351G 001 Romantic Revolutions (NEW!) M. Mazur
3361F 001 Sherlock Holmes and the Fiction of Detection (NEW!)
This course studies the detective figure in nineteenth-century literature and culture, including the legacy of specific literary figures and how they have influenced derivative multimedia content today. Possible topics include: the science of deduction; evidence and forensic practices; panopticism and the society of surveillance; the role of the detective in modernizing police work; and, the concomitance between Gothic and sensation fiction and the clinical and forensic recognition of specific psycho-sexual disorders. We will also address questions of race, class, and gender where the literary detective has been used to advance specific political and polemical ideologies, all while exploring literary criminology as an interdisciplinary field that bridges critical cultural and literary analysis with criminal profiling. The course will also address subsequent film, television, and graphic novel adaptations of iconic characters and the real-world crimes of late nineteenth-century that helped shape the fiction of detection and expand public interest in crime, including those committed by Jack the Ripper, H.H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle,” as well as the “Lambeth Poisoner” Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, among others.
M. Arntfield
3369F 001 Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature - Pre-Raphaelite Literature and Art: From Romanticism to Modernism (cross-listed with SASAH 3390F) D. Bentley
3370G 001 Modernism and the Birth of the Avant-Garde (NEW!) G. Donaldson
3371F 001 Contemporary Experimental Literature (NEW!) J. Boulter
3372F 001 Drama of the Irish Literary Revival (NEW!) J. Devereux
3470F 001 American Cult Classics (NEW!) J. Schuster
3480G 001 Topics in American Literature - Reading America Now (NEW!) K. Stanley
3490G
(formerly 3666FG)
001 American Drama
This course will focus on the home in US drama. The living room is perhaps the most ubiquitous of settings in American drama, but it is a complex space, a battleground upon which larger conflicts in American culture are staged. Through our observations of plays such as Death of a SalesmanOur TownA Raisin in the Sun, and Hamilton, we will ask such questions as: how does the home define the concepts of work and leisure, male and female, old and new, poor and rich, foreign and domestic, public and private, comfort and danger? How are larger national ideologies (for example, the American dream or the concept of race) articulated through the home? How is the nation a home? Finally, how do different artistic movements (such as realism and expressionism) and genres (such as the comedy, the living room drama, and the musical) approach these issues differently? Coursework will include presentations, two essays, and a final exam.
A. MacLean
3571G 001 Be/Longing: Global Literature in Canada (NEW!)
Where is “here” for writers of migrant and diasporic heritages living in Canada? How might writing from “elsewhere” reshape individual and collective understandings of what it means to be Canadian? Canada’s official Multiculturalism Act is not new, yet the trend of interest in awarding and consuming literary works by migrant and diasporic writers has risen sharply only recently. Why? Is “multiculturalism” still a useful framework for understanding this trend or Canada’s identity? This course will study a rich variety of answers to these and other questions in selected works by Nino Ricci, Guillermo Verdecchia, Dionne Brand, M. NourbeSe Philip, Rohinton Mistry, Anita Rau Badami, David Chariandy, Kim Thuy, and Rawi Hage. We will attend to the literariness of these works, compare them to answers in other art forms, and contextualize them in selected readings in current scholarship (e.g., studies of diaspora, immigration, citizenship, trauma, globalization, neoliberalism, critical multiculturalism, and critical race studies).
D. Pennee
3580F
(formerly 3777FG)
001 Topics in Canadian Literature - Creativity and the Local
A Community Engaged Learning Course
This course explores the rich literary cultures of Southwestern Ontario. Through Community Engaged Learning projects, field trips to local cultural sites, and guest speakers, students will learn how creativity grows out of, interacts with and transforms this place, and will draw on their own creativity to support and contribute to local culture. Reaching back to the Regionalist movement in literature, performance, and visual art of the 1970s and extending to the present moment, readings, lectures, and activities will help students think about how local literature (and the institutions and activities that emerge from it) accesses the public and builds communities, relates people to the environment and landscape in which they live, connects the local to national and transnational cultures, retrieves and revalues hidden stories and histories, and represents a diversity of voices and values.
M. Jones
3670F 001 Global Indigenous Literatures (cross-listed with Women's Studies 3363F) (NEW!) J. Emberley
3680G
(formerly 3880FG)
001 First Nations Literatures (cross-listed with First Nations 3880G) P. Wakeham
3778G 001 Modern Drama and the Theatre of the Absurd (NEW!) J. Devereux
4290F 001 Seminar in the History of the Book – From Pixels to Papyrus: A Brief History of the Things We Read M. McDayter
4330G 530 Seminar in Renaissance Literature (Brescia) J. Doelman
4360G 001 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature – Weird Science: Representations of the Supernatural in Late-Victorian Fiction C. Keep
4371F 530 Seminar in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature (Brescia)
This seminar will consider twentieth-century English and American literature encounter with modernity through the vibrancy and variety of the city.  Literary tropes established in the nineteenth century are altered and adapted to the changing urban environment, but continuities abound and such tropes mediate our experience of "the city". We will read several texts (Simmel, le Corbusier, de Certeau, and others) that discuss aspects of the city both in its imagined form, its planning, and in its lived experience alongside literature, mostly fiction but some poetry and film as well, that will inform our understanding of how urban space is represented, mediated, and experienced in the twentieth-century.
B . Diemert
4380G 001 Seminar in Contemporary British and Irish Literature A. Lee
4471F 570 Seminar in American Literature (King's) L. Dicicco
4572G 570 Seminar in Canadian Literature (King's) I. Rae
4871F 550 Seminar in Literary Studies (Huron) N. Brooks
4881G 550 Seminar in Literary Studies (Huron) J. Vanderheide
4999E 001 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.
Various

 

2017 Spring/Summer

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Distance Studies (May 8-Jul 28)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
1020E 650 Understanding Literature Today A. Schuurman
1020E 651 Understanding Literature Today M. Hartley
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2071FG 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2072FG 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2308E 650 American Literature Survey T. Phu

Intersession (May 15-Jun 23)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi

 

2016-17 FALL/WINTER

*Click on the section number found in the second column to view/download the course outline.

Course # *Course Outline Course Title & Description Instructor
1020E 001 Understanding Literature Today A. Lee
1020E 002 Understanding Literature Today A. Schuurman
1020E 003 Understanding Literature Today A. Conway
1022E 001 Enriched Introduction to English Literature D. Bentley
1027F 001 The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative C. Keep
1028G 001 The Storyteller’s Art II: Topics in Narrative - The Rise of the Machines C. Keep
2017 001 Reading Popular Culture R. McDonald
2017 002 Reading Popular Culture N. Joseph
2018A 001 The Culture of Leadership I: Heroes, Tyrants, Celebrities J. Faflak
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2033E 002 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2041F 001 Fall Theatre Production - Q1 Hamlet J. Devereux 
2071G 001 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2071G 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2072F 001 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2072F 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2074F 001 Mystery and Detective Fiction M. Jones
2091G 001 Speical Topics - The Creativity of Madness J. Faflak
2092F 001 Special Topics - The Many Faces of Harry Potter G. Ceraldi
2096A 001 Winter is Coming: A Game of Thrones J. Leonard
2200F 001 History of Theory and Criticism G. Donaldson
2210G 001 Contemporary Theory and Criticism J. Schuster
2220F 001 Studies in Narrative Theory D. Pennee
2230F 001 Studies in Poetics A. Pero
2230G 001 Studies in Poetics J. Schuster
2240G 001 Feminist Literary Theory M. Hartley
2250F 001 Introduction to Cultural Studies E. Kring
2264E  001 Human Rights and Creative Practices J. Emberley
2307E 001 Major British Authors H. McMurran
2307E 650 Major British Authors M. Stephenson
2308E 001 American Literature Survey K. Stanley
2308E 002 American Literature Survey A. MacLean
2309E 002 Canadian Literature Survey D. Pennee
2310E 001 Global Literatures in English Survey T. Osinubi
2511G 001 The Short Story S. Bruhm
2680F 001 Sport in Literature M. Waddell
3001 001 History of the English Language R. Moll
3012 001 Old English Language and Literature J. Toswell
3224E 001 Renaissance Literature J. Leonard
3227E 001 Shakespeare J. Purkis
3227E 002 Shakespeare M. Stephenson
3334E 001 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature H. McMurran
3336G 001 Creativity and Tolerance A. Conway
3444E 001 Nineteenth-Century Literature J. Devereux
3444E 002 Nineteenth-Century Literature M. Rowlinson
3554E 001 Twentieth Century British and Irish Literature A. Pero
3556E 001 Twentieth-Century Drama J. Devereux
3666G 001 American Drama A. MacLean
3667F 001 American Science Fiction J. Kelly
3777F 001 Creativity and the Local M. Jones
3880G 001 First Nations Literatures P. Wakeham
3882F 001 Cultures of African Queer Representations T. Osinubi
3900F 001 Special Topics in English - YA Dystopian Fiction M. Green-Barteet
3900G 001 Special Topics in English - Children's Literature and Advertising Culture G. Ceraldi
4040G 001 Seminar in Literary Studies - Human Rights and Creativity J. Emberley
4320G 001 Seminar in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature - The Libertine Restoration M. McDayter
4420F 001 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature - The Pre-Raphaelites D. Bentley
4999E 001 Thesis Various

2016 Spring/Summer

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Distance Studies (May 9-Jul 29)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
1020E 650 Understanding Literature Today M. Hartley
1020E 651 Understanding Literature Today M. Stephenson
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2033E 651 Children’s Literature J. Venn
2071F 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2308E 650 American Literature Survey J. Kelly
3227E 650 Shakespeare G. Donaldson

Intersession (May 6-Jun 24)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2307E 001 Major British Authors P. Thoms

Summer Day (Jul 4-Aug 12)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
3116E 001 Middle English Literature E. Pez

2015-16 FALL/WINTER

*Click on the section number found in the second column to view/download the course outline.

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
1020E 001 Understanding Literature Today J. Plug
1020E 002 Understanding Literature Today J. Boulter
1020E 003 Understanding Literature Today A. Schuurman
1022E 001 Enriched Introduction to English Literature D. Bentley
1027F 001 The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative C. Keep
1028G 001 The Storyteller's Art II: Topics in Narrative C. Keep
2017 001 Reading Popular Culture N. Joseph
2017 002 Reading Popular Culture S. Bruhm
2018A 001 The Culture of Leadership I L. Reave
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2033E 002 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2041F 001 Fall Theatre Production – Women Beware Women J. Devereux
2071G 001 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2071G 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2072F 001 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2072F 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2075G 001 Cultures of Blood: The Contemporary Gothic A. Wenaus
2091G 001 Special Topics – The Creativity of Madness J. Faflak
2092F 001 Special Topics G. Ceraldi
2200F 001 History of Theory and Criticism H. McMurran
2210G 001 Contemporary Theory and Criticism A. Pero
2220F 001 Studies in Narrative Theory G. Donaldson
2230F 001 Studies in Poetics T. Freeborn
2230G 001 Studies in Poetics A. Pero
2240G 001 Feminist Literary Theory M. Bassnett
2250F 001 Introduction to Cultural Studies A. DiPonio
2260G 001 National and Global Perspectives on Cultural Studies Z. McHeimech
2307E 001 Major British Authors M. Stephenson
2307E 002 Major British Authors H. McMurran
2308E 001 American Literature Survey K. Stanley
2308E 002 American Literature Survey J. Kelly
2309E 001 Canadian Literature Survey D. Pennee
2309E 002 Canadian Literature Survey M. Jones
2310E 001 Global Literatures in English Survey T. Osinubi
2500E 001 The Novel P. Thoms
2680F 001 Sport in Literature B. Morrow
3001 001 History of the English Language R. Moll
3012 001 Old English Language and Literature J. Toswell
3116E 001 Middle English Literature A. Schuurman
3224E 001 Renaissance Literature J. Leonard
3227E 001 Shakespeare M.J. Kidnie
3227E 002 Shakespeare J. Devereux
3227E 650 Shakespeare G. Donaldson
3228F 001 Topics in Renaissance Literature J. Leonard
3444E 001 Nineteenth-Century Literature C. Keep
3444E 002 Nineteenth-Century Literature P. Thoms
3554E 001 Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature A. Lee
3554E 002 Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature J. Boulter
3556E 001 Twentieth-Century Drama K. Solga
3666F 001 American Drama G. Ramos
3776G 001 Canadian Drama M. Hartley
3777F 001 Topics in Canadian Literature M. Jones
3880G 001 First Nations Literatures P. Wakeham
3882G 001 Topics in Postcolonial Literature T.cOsinubi
3900G 001 Special Topics in English - Children’s Literature and Advertising Culture G. Ceraldi
3998E 001 Creative Writing Workshop C. Manley
4040G 001 Seminar in Literary Studies - The Gothic Child S. Bruhm
4050F 001 Seminar in Literary Studies - The Modernist Moment K. Stanley
4060F 001 Seminar in Literary Studies - Consuming Difference: Food and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Canadian Literature S. Oliver
4220G 001 Seminar in Renaissance Literature - Reading Food in Early Modern Literature M. Bassnett
4420F 001 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature - The Pre-Raphaelites D. Bentley
4630G 001 Seminar in American Literature - Reading the City: Representations of New York City in American Literature M. Green-Barteet
4999E 001 Thesis Various

2015 Spring/Summer

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Distance Studies (May 4-Jul 24)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
1020E 650 Understanding Literature Today M. Hartley
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2033E 651 Children’s Literature J. Venn
2033E 652 Children’s Literature J. Venn
2071F 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2072F 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2307E 650 Major British Authors C. Suranyi
2308E 650 American Literature Survey R. Simonsen
3227E 650 Shakespeare M. Stephenson

Intersession (May 11-Jun 19)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
3001 001 History of the English Language M. Fox

2014-15 FALL/WINTER

*Click on the section number found in the second column to view/download the course outline.

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
1020E 001 Understanding Literature Today A. Conway
1020E 002 Understanding Literature Today J. Boulter
1020E 003 Understanding Literature Today M. McDayter
1022E 001 Enriched Introduction to English Literature D. Bentley
1027F 001 The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative C. Keep
1028G 001 The Storyteller's Art II: Topics in Narrative C. Keep
2017 001 Reading Popular Culture N. Joseph
2017 002 Reading Popular Culture T. Phu
2018A 001 The Culture of Leadership I – Heroes, Tyrants, Celebrities J. Faflak
2019B 001 The Culture of Leadership II – Teams, Communities, Mobs J. Lambier
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2033E 002 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2033E 650 Children’s Literature M. Stephenson
2033E 651 Children’s Literature M. Hartley
2041F 001 Fall Theatre Production – Doctor Faustus J. Devereux
2071F 001 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2071F 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction M. Stephenson
2072G 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy M. Stephenson
2091F 001 Special Topics – Alice Munro and Other Local Geniuses M. Jones
2092F 001 Special Topics – The Many Faces of Harry Potter G. Ceraldi
2092G 001 Special Topics – The Many Faces of Harry Potter G. Ceraldi
2200F 001 History of Theory and Criticism C. Keep
2200F 650 History of Theory and Criticism A. Wennekers
2200G 001 History of Theory and Criticism G. Donaldson
2210F 001 Contemporary Theory and Criticism J. Plug
2210G 001 Contemporary Theory and Criticism M. Rowlinson
2220F 001 Studies in Narrative Theory D. Pennee
2220G 001 Studies in Narrative Theory D. Pennee
2230F 001 Studies in Poetics G. Donaldson
2230G 001 Studies in Poetics G. Donaldson
2230G 650 Studies in Poetics T. Freeborn
2240G 001 Feminist Literary Theory D. Pennee
2250G 001 Introduction to Cultural Studies M. Sloane
2260F 001 National and Global Perspectives on Cultural Studies N. Joseph
2307E 001 Major British Authors R. Moll
2307E 002 Major British Authors P. Thoms
2308E 001 American Literature Survey J. Schuster
2308E 002 American Literature Survey J. Kelly
2308E 650 American Literature Survey J. Kelly
2309E 001 Canadian Literature Survey M. Jones
2310E 001 Global Literatures in English Survey T. Osinubi
2500E 001 The Novel - CANCELLED C. Suranyi
2620G 001 Special Topics in English – Laughing Feminism (cross-listed with WS 2252G) A. Conway
2680F 001 Sport in Literature B. Morrow
3001 001 History of the English Language M. Fox
3012 001 Old English Language and Literature J. Toswell
3116E 001 Middle English Literature E. Leighton
3224E 001 Renaissance Literature J. Purkis
3227E 001 Shakespeare M. Stephenson
3227E 002 Shakespeare M.J. Kidnie
3227E 650 Shakespeare P. Roffey
3334E 001 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature Maynard
3444E 002 Nineteenth-Century Literature P. Thoms
3554E 001 Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature A. Lee
3554E 002 Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature J. Boulter
3556E 001 Twentieth-Century Drama K. Solga
3666F 001 American Drama Z. McHeimech
3776G 001 Canadian Drama M. Hartley
3880G 001 First Nations Literatures P. Wakeham
3882G 001 Topics in Postcolonial Literature L. Schenstead-Harris
3998E 001 Creative Writing Workshop L. Garber
3998E 002 Creative Writing Workshop L. Garber
3998E 003 Creative Writing Workshop L. Garber
4050G 001 Seminar in Literary Studies – Art, Politics, Technology J. Plug
4060G 001 Seminar in Literary Studies – Human Rights and Testimonial Literatures J. Emberley
4120F 001 Seminar in Renaissance Literature – Works of the Gawain-poet R. Moll
4420F 001 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature - The Pre-Raphaelites D. Bentley
4630G 001 Seminar in American Literature - Reading the City: Representations of New York City in American Literature M. Green-Barteet
4999E 001 Thesis Various

2014 Spring/Summer

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Distance Studies (May 5-Jul 25)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
1020E 650 Understanding Literature Today G. Donaldson
1020E 651 Understanding Literature Today J. Devereux
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2033E 651 Children’s Literature J. Venn
2033E 652 Children’s Literature C. Ionica
2071F 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2072F 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2308E 650 American Literature Survey R. Bullen
2500E 650 The Novel - CANCELLED
3227E 650 Shakespeare M. Stephenson
3334E 650 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature - CANCELLED

Intersession (May 12-Jun 20)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
3001
001 History of the English Language A. Schuurman
3444E 001 Nineteenth-Century Literature P. Thoms

Summer Day (Jul 7-Aug 15)

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
2033E 001 Children’s Literature M. Hartley
2307E 001 Major British Authors P. Thoms
3554E 001 Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature A. Wenaus

2013-14 FALL/WINTER

*Click on the section number found in the second column to view/download the course outline.

Course # *Course Outline Course Title Instructor
1020E 001 Understanding Literature Today J. Leonard / M. Kidnie
1020E 002 Understanding Literature Today A. Pero
1020E 003 Understanding Literature Today M. McDayter
1020E 004 Understanding Literature Today A. Conway
1022E 001 Enriched Introduction to English Literature D. Bentley
1027F 001 The Storyteller’s Art I: Introduction to Narrative T. DeJong
1028G 001 The Storyteller's Art II: Topics in Narrative C. Keep
2017 001 Reading Popular Culture N. Joseph
2017 002 Reading Popular Culture A. Fatima Riaz / C.  Ionica
2018A 001 The Culture of Leadership I – Heroes, Tyrants, Celebrities J. Faflak
2019B 001 The Culture of Leadership II – Teams, Communities, Mobs J. Faflak
2033E 001 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2033E 002 Children’s Literature G. Ceraldi
2033E 650 Children’s Literature C. Suranyi
2033E 651 Children’s Literature M. Stephenson
2041F 001 Fall Theatre Production – Doctor Faustus J. Devereux
2060E 001 Contemporary Canadian Literature M. Hartley
2071F 001 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction J. Kelly
2071F 650 Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction C. Suranyi
2072G 001 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy J. Kelly
2072G 650 Speculative Fiction: Fantasy C. Ionica
2091F 001 Special Topics – Alice Munro and Other Local Geniuses J. Schuster
2092F 001 Special Topics – The Many Faces of Harry Potter G. Ceraldi
2092G 001 Special Topics – The Many Faces of Harry Potter G. Ceraldi
2200F 001 History of Theory and Criticism J. Plug
2200F 650 History of Theory and Criticism G. Barentsen
2200G 001 History of Theory and Criticism M.H. McMurran
2210F 001 Contemporary Theory and Criticism J. Boulter
2210G 001 Contemporary Theory and Criticism J. Plug
2220F 001 Studies in Narrative Theory D. Pennee
2220G 001 Studies in Narrative Theory T. Freeborn
2230F 001 Studies in Poetics G. Donaldson
2230G 001 Studies in Poetics G. Donaldson
2230G 650 Studies in Poetics - CANCELLED
2240G 001 Feminist Literary Theory E. Leighton
2250G 001 Introduction to Cultural Studies T. Phu
2260F 001 National and Global Perspectives on Cultural Studies M. Sloane
2307E 001 Major British Authors M.H. McMurran
2307E 002 Major British Authors P. Thoms
2308E 001 American Literature Survey J. Schuster
2308E 002 American Literature Survey K. Stanley
2308E 650 American Literature Survey J. Kelly
2309E 001 Canadian Literature Survey D. Pennee
2310E 001 Global Literatures in English Survey N. Joseph
2400E 001 Dramatic Forms and Genres J. Devereux
2500E 001 The Novel K. Stanley
2600G 001 Literature of the Bible S. Adams
2680F 001 Sport in Literature D. Morrow
3001 001 History of the English Language M. Fox
3012 001 Old English Language and Literature M.J. Toswell
3116E 001 Middle English Literature A. Schuurman
3224E 001 Renaissance Literature M. Bassnett
3226E 001 Renaissance Drama J. Johnson
3227E 001 Shakespeare J. Purkis
3227E 002 Shakespeare P. Roffey
3227E 650 Shakespeare J. Devereux
3228F 001 Topics in Renaissance Literature - Paradise Lost: The Poem & The J. Leonard
3228G 001 Topics in Renaissance Literature - CANCELLED
3334E 001 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature A. Conway
3334E 650 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature J. Venn
3444E 001 Nineteenth-Century Literature M. Rowlinson
3444E 002 Nineteenth-Century Literature P. Thoms
3446F 001 Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature - Charles Darwin & The 19th Century Literature G. Donaldson
3554E 001 Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature J. Boulter
3554E 002 Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature G. Donaldson
3556E 001 Twentieth-Century Drama A. Di Ponio
3666F 001 American Drama E. Leighton
3880G 001 First Nations Literatures P. Wakeham
3882G 001 Topics in Postcolonial Literature A. Robinet
3886F 001 Sexuality & Literature: Special Topics - Queer Sexualities F. King
3998E 001 Creative Writing Workshop L. Garber
3998E 002 Creative Writing Workshop L. Garber
4420G 001 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature - The Pre-Raphaelites D. Bentley
4520F 001 Seminar in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature - Ulysses M. Groden
4740G 001 Seminar in Canadian Literature - CANCELLED
4820F 001 Seminar in Drama - Shakesqueer: Finding Friendship J. Purkis
4999E 001 Thesis Various