Previous Courses Offered & Course Outlines

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

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 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 DR 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 DR 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 DR 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 the English Language M. Fox
3300
(formerly 3001)
650 History of the 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 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

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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

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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

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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 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
3227E 650 Shakespeare M. Stephenson
3334E 650 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature

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

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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
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
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
4820F 001 Seminar in Drama - Shakesqueer: Finding Friendship J. Purkis
4999E 001 Thesis Various