Undergraduate English Courses

To complement English modules, our courses focus on narrower themes and issues which better reflect the current state of the field and the research interests of our faculty.


2019 SPRING/SUMMER COURSES

Distance Studies (May 6-Jul 26)

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.

Summer 1020E / 650 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.

Summer 2033E / 650 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.

Summer 2071F / 650 M. Stephenson 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.

Summer 2072F / 650 J. Kelly Syllabus

3330E (formerly 3227E) - Shakespeare
Shakespeare remains one of the most influential of English writers. This course studies twelve plays across a range of genres. Instructors may integrate theatre-oriented exercises and/or other dramatic or non-dramatic material, depending on individual emphasis.

Summer 3330E / 650 J. Devereux Syllabus

Intersession (May 13-Jun 21)

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

Summer 2033E / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus

COURSES COMING FALL/WINTER 2019-20

2019-20 FALL/WINTER COURSES (Tentative schedule)

See MASTER TIMETABLE for dates, times and locations

1000 Level Courses

1000-level courses initiate students to the university-level study of English literature. Students will be introduced to the rich diversity of English literature and to the scholarly research tools which make the study of English possible. Discussions, activities and assignments focus on close reading practices which allow students to move beyond arguments based primarily on questions plot. Students will be expected to begin to develop their own critical point of view and to take responsibility for their own engagement with the texts at hand. 1000-level courses are an ideal way to enter an English module, but they also provide the foundations of analysis and argument essential to university-level scholarship in any text-based discipline (e.g. history, philosophy, sociology, classics, etc.). Learn more >>

1010G - 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. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 1010G / 650 (Hybrid) J. Toswell Syllabus 

1020E - Understanding Literature Today
By studying a broad range of exciting and important literary works from the past and present, this course will increase your understanding and appreciation not just of the richness and power of the works themselves, but also of the role of literature in reflecting and shaping our perceptions of the world and of ourselves. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 1020E / 001 M.J. Kidnie Syllabus 
Fall/Winter 1020E / 002 A. Lee 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; 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. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course

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. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 1027F / 001 C. Keep Syllabus 

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

Winter 2020 1028G / 001 C. Keep Syllabus 

1120E - 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. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 1120E / 001 M. McDayter Syllabus

2000-2099 Level Courses (No prerequisites)

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

Fall/Winter 2017 / 002 Instructor: tba Syllabus 

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? 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 2018A / 001 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. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2033E / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus 
Fall/Winter 2033E / 650 (Online) Instructor: tba Syllabus 

2041F - 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. 3 lecture/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 2041F / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus 

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

Fall 2019 2071F / 001 A. MacLean Syllabus  
Winter 2020 2071G / 650 (Online) A. MacLean Syllabus

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

Fall 2019 2072F / 650 (Online) G. Ceraldi Syllabus

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 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.. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 2072G / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus

2091G - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 2091G / 001 N. Ricci Syllabus

2092F - 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. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 2092F / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus 

2092G - 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.. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 2092G / 001 G. Ceraldi Syllabus 

2096G - 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. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 2096G / 001 J. Leonard Syllabus

2100-2999 Level Courses

2000-level courses welcome students into the community of literary scholarship. Literary surveys focus on the development of textual traditions across time while courses in theory introduce students to the multitude of tools available for text analysis. Developing research skills and methods of investigation will allow students to begin to articulate their own questions and to situate their own analysis within the discourse of previous scholarship. Assignments will demand independent study in which students develop and explore their own areas of interest and grapple with the difficulties and challenges of the discipline. For students in an English module, 2000-level courses provide the basic tools necessary for more advanced and independent study. For non-English students, 2000-level courses are an excellent way to complement other modules while indulging in some of the great literature available in the language. Learn more >>

These courses require prerequisites. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have successfully completed all course prerequisites and that they have not taken an antirequisite course, as stated in the Academic Calendar.


2190G - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 2190G / 001 J. Faflak/B. Younker Syllabus

2200F - History of Theory and Criticism
An introduction to important issues in the history of literary criticism and theory from Plato to the twentieth century. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 2200F / 001 M.H. McMurran Syllabus

2201G (formerly 2210FG) - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 2201G / 001 Instructor: tba Syllabus

2202FG (formerly 2230FG) - Studies in Poetics
An introduction to important issues and concepts in the theory and analysis of poetry from different periods. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 2202F / 001 M. McDayter Syllabus 
Winter 2020 2202G / 001 J. Schuster Syllabus

2301E (formerly 2307E) - 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2301E / 001 J. Boulter Syllabus 

2401E (formerly 2308E) - American Literature Survey
This course offers a survey of important texts and authors from the Puritan and Revolutionary periods to the present. It addresses not only the major movements and styles of American literature associated with such authors as Poe, Dickinson, Twain, Hemingway, and Morrison, but also the innovative work of less familiar Indigenous and ethnic authors. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2401E / 001 T. Carmichael Syllabus 
Fall/Winter 2401E / 002 A. MacLean Syllabus 

2501E (formerly 2309E) - Canadian Literature Survey
What does literature tell us about the making of a nation and its citizens? Spanning the period from imperial exploration to Confederation to the present day, this course examines Canada’s vibrant literary culture. Students will encounter a diverse range of genres and authors, from accounts of early explorers to current internationally acclaimed and award-winning writers. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2501E / 001 Instructor: tba Syllabus 

2601E (formerly 2310E) - 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2601E / 001 Instructor: tba Syllabus 

3000-3999 Level Courses

3000-level courses allow students to focus on topics, whether an historical period, a cultural tradition or a literary theme, which pique their own critical curiosity. Class discussions will address the interactions of texts with one another, with their historical moment or with larger social trends. Students will also explore how scholarship has evolved over time and learn how to place their own thought and writing within a developing and ongoing critical tradition. Advanced research skills, tailored to specific critical problems, will allow students to develop habits of independent exploration and analysis which will lead to nuanced and persuasive written work which fully participates in the discipline of English studies. Typically, students in an English module will be enrolled in 3000-level courses in their third and fourth years. A reasonable amount of choice in the modules will allow English students to pursue their own interests while becoming members of an academic community. Students not in English modules will find courses which stimulate their critical imaginations while complementing their own module offerings. Learn more >>

These courses require prerequisites. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have successfully completed all course prerequisites and that they have not taken an antirequisite course, as stated in the Academic Calendar.


3200G (formerly 2240FG) - Feminist Literary Theory
An introduction to critical debates in twentieth-century feminist literary theory. Students will study (1) the diversity of feminist approaches to literature, literary production, the politics of language, questions of genre and subjectivity; and (2) the intersections among feminist literary theories, postcolonialism, Marxism, anti-racist criticism, queer theory, and post-structuralism. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 3200G / 001 Instructor: tba Syllabus 

3201F (formerly 2250FG) - Introduction to Cultural Studies
An introduction to cultural studies methodology and theory, and the history of cultural studies as a discipline. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3201F / 001 T. Phu Syllabus

3204F - Critical Race Theory (cross-listed with Women's Studies 3324F)
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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3204F / 001 Instructor: tba Syllabus 

3300 (formerly 3001) - 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3300 / 001 M. Fox Syllabus 

3315E (formerly 3116E) - 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3315E / 001 R. Moll Syllabus 

3321F (formerly 3224E and 3228FG) - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3321F / 001 J. Leonard Syllabus 

3331G - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 3331G / 001 J. Purkis Syllabus 

3337E - 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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3337E / 001 J. Purkis Syllabus 

3341G - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 3341G / 001 M. McDayter Syllabus 

3350E - The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Austen to Hardy
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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 3350E / 001 M. Rowlinson Syllabus 

3351G - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 3351G / 001 Instructor: tba Syllabus 

3353F - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3353F / 001 J. Devereux 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3361F / 001 C. Keep Syllabus 

3371F - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3371F / 001 J. Boulter Syllabus

3372F - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3372F / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus

3470F - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3470F / 001 J. Schuster Syllabus 

3580F - Canadian Literature: Creativity and the Local
This course explores the rich literary cultures of Southwestern Ontario, examining the ways local writing accesses the public, builds communities, relates people to their environment, and connects local, national, and transnational networks. Students develop critical, creative, and experiential perspectives and employ community engaged learning to develop course concepts beyond the classroom. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3580F / 001 M. Jones Syllabus 

3581F - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3581F / 001 K. Solga Syllabus 

3680F (formerly 3880F) - 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 3680F / 001 P. Wakeham Syllabus

3911G - Special Topics: Asian North American Literature
TBA. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 3911G / 001 T. Phu Syllabus

4000 Level Courses

4000-level courses are designed for Honors students (whether those in an HSP or a Double Major). Fourth-year, non-Honors students with a 70% average may also enroll in 4000-level courses. These courses typically explore narrowly defined topics: a particular work or author, a brief historical moment, or a clearly defined theoretical issue. Students and faculty will engage with the texts at hand and the surrounding critical tradition. Deploying and expanding their critical skills, students will find and explore their own research questions while situating their argument within an ongoing conversation. 4000-level seminars are an opportunity for sustained, independent study within the structure of a communal seminar. The small, seminar setting prepares English students for continued study at the graduate level. 4000-level courses are typically not suitable for students not in English modules unless the topic specifically compliments the student’s work in their home module. Learn more >>

4320F – Seminar in Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare and Friends
TBA. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 4320F / 001 J. Purkis Syllabus 

4350G – Seminar in Renaissance Literature: Topic TBA (Brescia University College)
TBA. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 4350G / 001 Instructor: tba Syllabus 

4360G – 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). 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 4360G / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus

4370G – Seminar in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature: Post Postmodernism
TBA. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 4370G / 001 A. Lee Syllabus 

4570F – 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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019 4570F / 001 N. Ricci Syllabus 

4851G – Seminar in Literary Studies: Street to Stage - Festival Cultures in Theory and Practice (King's University College)
TBA. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2020 4851G / 570 Instructor: tba Syllabus

4871F – Seminar in Literary Studies: TBA (King's University College)
TBA. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2019  4871F / 570 Instructor: tba 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. 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 4999E / 001 Various Consent form

Course listings are subject to change. See Western Academic Timetable for date, time, and location of specific courses. See Undergraduate Sessional Dates for more details and deadlines.

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