English Language & Literature

Faculty of Humanities




English Language & Literature

2016-2017 Fall/Winter Course Offerings
(may be subject to change)
 
ENGL 5P00
Theoretical Foundations
Survey and critical analysis of a broad range of theories bearing on the relation of literary texts to cultural formations.
 
ENGL 5P01
Graduate Seminar in Research and Professional Development
Topics such as the nature and requirements of academic work, research methodologies, research resources, the nature and requirements of the graduate thesis and research paper, the development of the research proposal, focused discussion of research and design strategies for the work proposed, the development of and adherence to a schedule, preparation of conference proposals and public presentations.
 

ENGL 5V14
Christopher Marlowe: Texts and Contexts
The production, dissemination, and reception of the plays and poetry of Christopher Marlowe in the contexts of early modern culture.  The course will engage issues ranging from the relationship between trauma and tragedy to the role of censorship in the works' textual histories.
 

ENGL 5V24
The Country House
The country house tradition from its origins in seventeenth-century poetry to its development in eighteenth-century fiction and its enduring legacy in contemporary culture.  Focus will be on the negotiation of the politics of class, gender, and nation.  Texts will include Ben Jonson's "To Penhurst," Sarah Scott's Millenium Hall, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and Robert Altman's Gosford Park.
 

ENGL 5V50
Refashioned Masculinity in the Canadian Short Story Cycle
Examining the effects of globalization and Canadian multicultural policy on gender, race and class identities as represented in contemporary short story cycles written by men.  Particular attention paid to changing conceptions of community and labour. 

 
ENGL 5V76
Post-Politics, Or What on Earth Do We Do Now?
We live in an era widely thought to be post-political, a period in which older dreams of genuine collective possibility and change have been foreclosed or negated.  This class will explore the various ways contemporary political possibility is imagined in the work of Agamben, Ranciere, Badiou, Zizek, Brown and others.
 
2015-2016 Fall/Winter Course Offerings

Course Descriptions
 
ENGL 5P00
Theoretical Foundations
Survey and critical analysis of a broad range of theories bearing on the relation of literary texts to cultural formations.
 
ENGL 5P01
Graduate Seminar in Research and Professional Development

Topics such as the nature and requirements of academic work, research methodologies, research resources, the nature and requirements of the graduate thesis and research paper, the development of the research proposal, focused discussion of research and design strategies for the work proposed, the development of and adherence to a schedule, preparation of conference proposals and public presentations.

 
ENGL 5V20
Frantic and Sickly: Gothic Texts and Contexts
Examinations of the emergence of and responses to gothic texts in the latter half of the eighteenth century in Great Britain.  Special attention will be given to non-canonical works.  Topics may include the politics of taste; criticism and the literary marketplace; popular rewritings; and the culture of "terror."
 
ENGL 5V35
Transnationalism and Racial Cosmopolitanisms in the American 19th Century
Explores the transnational turn in American studies.  Particular attention to different modes of cosmpolitanism (Kant, Appiah, Bhabha, Nwankwo), the black atlantic (Gilroy), hemispheric studies (Bauer), and creolization.  Authors may include Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Wells Brown, Martin Delany, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
 
ENGL 5V42
Surrealist Narratives
A critical history of the most enduring avant-garde tendency of the twentieth century, from Lautréamont to David Lynch.
 
ENGL 5V72
Rewriting Elaine of Astolat
Study of adaptations of the Arthurian story of Lily Maid.  Use of adaptation theory, feminist theory, and theories of medievalism to explore medieval, nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first- century texts and the diverse communities they address.

 

Departmental Events

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February 4, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm