Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

English

NB: ENGL 103 and 104 are compulsory during first year for all new full-time (12 or more sem. hrs.) students for whom English is their native language, or, if WRTG 100 is required at the point of admission to the University, in the next two consecutive semesters following the successful completion of WRTG 100. Students for whom English is a second language may substitute ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 for ENGL 103 or 104, with ENGL 101 and 102 compulsory in the next two semesters following the successful completion of WRTG 101.


    • ENGL 101 Introduction to Writing (for non-native speakers of English) (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course is designed to lead students through the writing tasks of the university classroom. The primary goal of the course is to develop in the student the desire, the confidence, and the ability to write coherent English prose in a variety of academic genres, including the research paper, and to employ textual analysis in order to develop awareness of logical patterns. In the context of these tasks, students expand critical thinking skills, acquire effective academic vocabulary, and focus on academic writing skills.

      Prerequisite(s): WRTG 100 or 101 unless exempt at point of admission to the University. (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 102 Introduction to Literature and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)

      Designed for international students, this course examines literature from a multicultural perspective. In comparing and contrasting works of literature composed in a variety of countries, students will gain cultural literacy, appreciation of universal themes, and understanding of the rich relationship between literature and its historical and situational context. In studying this material, students will develop their critical thinking, research, and writing skills.

      Prerequisite(s): WRTG 100 or 101 unless exempt at point of admission to the University (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 103 Introduction to Fiction (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introductory study of fiction with the purpose of understanding literature and cultivating skills in scholarly research, textual analysis, and academic writing and documentation. Such skills are fostered by closely reading and analyzing works of short fiction and the novel by accomplished prose stylists. Students focus on the distinctive conventions of fiction in order to interpret these works critically, while interacting thoughtfully with themes presented therein; there is a particular focus on analyzing and making use of narrative strategies and rhetorical tools. Students continue to develop their academic prose, with attention to improving foundational grammar, diction, phrasing, organization, and argument-building in the thesis-driven essay.

      Prerequisite(s): WRTG 100 or 101 unless exempt at point of admission to the University. (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 104 Introduction to Poetry and Drama (3 sem. hrs.)

      Building on the skills acquired in English 103, an advanced study of poetry and drama with the purpose of understanding literature and cultivating skills in scholarly research, textual analysis, and academic writing and documentation. Such skills are fostered by closely reading and analyzing poems and plays by accomplished writers. Students focus on the distinctive conventions of the genres of poetry and drama in order to interpret these works critically, while interacting thoughtfully with themes presented therein; there is a particular focus on analyzing and making use of effective patterns of language, lyrical and theatrical presentation, and figures of speech. Students continue to develop their academic prose, with attention to advanced grammar, diction, phrasing, organization and argument-building in the thesis-driven essay.

      Prerequisite(s): WRTG 100 or 101 unless exempt at point of admission to the University. (3-0; 3-0)

      NB: Not all second, third or fourth year courses are offered every year. Check with Department chair.


    • ENGL 207 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 sem. hrs.)

      A seminar in the techniques of creative writing, particularly of formal and informal poetry, and in the development of a critical appreciation of the art of writing in its varied forms through the study and modeling of representative works of literature.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103 and 104, with a minimum grade of B. (2-1; 2-1)


    • ENGL 208 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 sem. hrs.)

      A seminar in the techniques of creative writing, particularly of shorter fiction, and in the development of a critical appreciation of the art of writing in its varied forms through the study and modeling of representative works of literature.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103 and 104, with a minimum grade of B. (2-1; 2-1)


    • ENGL 213 Major Authors (3 sem. hrs.)

      A concentrated study of 10 to 12 authors from the medieval period to the early 18th century, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton.

      NB: Strongly recommended for students intending to major in English.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 214 Major Authors (3 sem. hrs.)

      The concentrated study of 10 to 12 authors from the 18th to the 20th century, including at least two novelists.

      NB: Strongly recommended for students intending to major in English.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 216 Introduction to Poetry in the 20th Century (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to poetry, its forms and conventions, as well as innovations in its development during the 20th century, with particular representation from the American tradition.

      NB: This course may not be taken for credit if ENGL 316 is taken for credit.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 217 Introduction to Canadian Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A historical survey of representative works of Canadian prose, poetry, and drama prior to 1960.

      NB: This course may not be taken for credit if ENGL 317 is taken for credit.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 218 Studies in Modern Canadian Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of representative works of modern Canadian poetry, fiction, and drama after 1960.

      NB: This course may not be taken for credit if ENGL 318 is taken for credit.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 219 Studies in Short Fiction (3 sem. hrs.)

      Celebrates and explores shorter narratives, primarily through a study of the short story and novella of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 222 Studies in the Novel (3 sem. hrs.)

      Traces the development of the novel written in English through a study of works written between the 18th and 20th centuries.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 223 Introduction to American Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of American literature from the colonial period to the present. Readings include major writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Henry James, along with poets such as Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman and essayists Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Jonathan Edwards, all writers of influence in the literary and historical contexts of America.

      NB: May not be taken for credit by students who have credit for ENGL 323.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 224 Introduction to American Literature: 1850 to the Present (3 sem. hrs.)

      A course in American literature (prose and poetry) from 1850 to the present, emphasizing the continuity of the American literary tradition and focusing on literary analysis of and theoretical perspectives on representative works of the novel, short fiction and essays in their particular conventions. Readings include major writers such as Edith Wharton, Steven Crane, Edna St. Vincent Millay, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Connor and other writers of influence in the literary and historical contexts of America.

      NB: May not be taken for credit by students who have credit for ENGL 324.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104 (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 231 Classical Backgrounds of English Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      Readings in Greek and Roman mythology, epic poetry, and short poetry with attention to the cultural and literary context of these works of literature. This course includes the study of selected works of English literature that have been influenced by the Greek and Roman literary tradition.

      NB: Either ENGL 231 or 232 is recommended for English majors.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 232 Biblical Backgrounds of English Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      Readings in the various genres of Biblical literature with attention to the cultural and literary context of these works. This course includes the study of selected works of English literature that have been influenced by the Biblical literary tradition.

      NB: Either ENGL 231 or 232 is recommended for English majors.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 9-0)


    • ENGL 290 Special Topics and Themes in English Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course offers an intensive study of literature focusing on one particular topic or theme. The topical or thematic approach will allow students to explore literary works across time periods and in different genres that address areas of interest in their liberal arts studies, since a semester’s study might focus on one of these areas: politics, athletics, religion, art, or ecology.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 310 The Writing of Creative Non-Fiction (3 sem. hrs.)

      Studies in the reading and writing of literary non-fiction, known as the "fourth genre": (auto)biography, memoir, diaries, travel and nature writing, and personal essays. Writers include Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis, Henry Thoreau, Thomas Merton, E.M. Forster, George Orwell, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Dillard, and others of literary influence.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 316 Introduction to Poetry in the 20th Century (3 sem. hrs.)

      An introduction to poetry, its forms and conventions, as well as innovations in its development during the 20th century, with particular representation from the American tradition.

      NB: This course may not be taken for credit if ENGL 216 is taken for credit.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 317 Introduction to Canadian Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A historical survey of representative works of Canadian prose, poetry, and drama to 1960.

      NB: This course may not be taken for credit if ENGL 217 is taken for credit.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 318 Studies in Modern Canadian Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of representative works of modern Canadian poetry, fiction, and drama after 1960.

      NB: This course may not be taken for credit if ENGL 218 is taken for credit.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 323 Introduction to American Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of American literature from the colonial period to the present. Readings include major writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Henry James, along with poets such as Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman and essayists Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Jonathan Edwards, all writers of influence in the literary and historical contexts of America.

      NB: May not be taken for credit by students who have credit for ENGL 223.

      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 103, 104. (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 324 Introduction to American Literature: 1850 to the Present (3 sem. hrs.)

      A course in American literature (prose and poetry) from 1850 to the present, emphasizing the continuity of the American literary tradition and focusing on literary analysis of and theoretical perspectives on representative works of the novel, short fiction and essays in their particular conventions. Readings include major writers such as Edith Wharton, Steven Crane, Edna St. Vincent Millay, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Connor, and other writers of influence in the literary and historical contexts of America.

      NB: May not be taken for credit by students who have credit for ENGL 224.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor’s consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 334 European Literature in Translation (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of European drama and prose classics exploring and critically evaluating the shift in worldviews from Dante's Christian humanism to Kafka's and Camus' modern existentialist views and focusing on the theme of human nature (the self) and the purpose of human life. Works are discussed in their historical and cultural contexts.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 351 Shakespeare I (3 sem. hrs.)

      An intensive study of selected works by William Shakespeare situated in their Elizabethan and Jacobean contexts. Works studied may include the sonnets, the history play Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2) or Henry V, the comedies A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It, the problem play Measure for Measure, the tragedies King Lear and Macbeth, and the romance Cymbeline.

      Cross-listed: THTR 341.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 352 Shakespeare II (3 sem. hrs.)

      An intensive study of selected works by William Shakespeare situated in their Elizabethan and Jacobean contexts. Works studied may include Venus and Adonis, the history play Richard III, the comedy The Merchant of Venice, the tragedies Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, and Antony and Cleopatra, and the romances The Winter's Tale and The Tempest.

      NB: No overlap with ENGL 351.

      Cross-listing: THTR 342.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 371 The 19th Century Novel (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of representative novels from 19th century Britain. The novel as a genre flourished during this time as the novel’s form was shaped by writers such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 0-0)


    • ENGL 372 Romantic Poetry and Poetics (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of the poetry created by the six major poets grouped under the term "Romantic": William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron (George Gordon), Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. Students consider both the poetry and critical theories of these influential authors.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 382 Studies in Modern British Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of representative works in British fiction and poetry which have been most influential in shaping and reflecting 20th century sensibilities and imaginations. The course may include the poetry of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, and novels by Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Ford Madox Ford, William Golding and/or others of significant influence in this tradition.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 384 Contemporary Canadian Fiction (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of representative works of contemporary Canadian fiction and the development of the post-modern, post-colonial, post-national novel. Authors (a minimum of six) may include a selection of Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, Timothy Findley, Jack Hodgins, Hugh Hood, Thomas King, Yann Martel, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Sky Lee, Jane Urquhart, Guy Vanderhaeghe, and Rudy Wiebe.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 390 Studies in Individual Authors and Themes in Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course is designed to give students the opportunity to study the works of significant writers while also providing opportunities for engagement with significant thematic concerns and special topics in literary studies. Students may take two or more versions of this course.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 391 Children's Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of children's literature from the 16th century to the present, examining representative texts and changing attitudes towards children and their books. Various approaches to the literature are used, although emphasis is on close critical readings of the prescribed texts.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 392 Fantasy Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      Approaches to the genre of fantasy literature, also examining early works (including Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) which shaped the imagination of creators of modern fantasy such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 393 Canadian Drama (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of Canadian plays. Students engage in detailed analyses of dramatic texts; their structure, historical/cultural contexts and production histories. In addition to readings, papers, presentations, and in-class discussions, students are required to attend and report on a current production of a Canadian play (provided such a production occurs during the semester).

      Cross-listed: THTR 343

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs of English and third or fourth year standing, or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 394 Modern Drama (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of eight to ten modern plays, British, American, and Canadian, representing different forms and approaches to drama in the last one hundred years.

      Cross-listed: THTR 344.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 395 Irish Drama (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of the dramatic literature of Ireland, focusing on 20th century plays from Yeats to Beckett and Friel. After a quick review of the 18th and 19th centuries, the course turns to the drama of Irish nationalism and follows its development into the international arena.

      Cross-listed: THTR 345.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 396 American Drama (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of significant American dramatic literature. Touching on the 18th and 19th century contributions from Royal Tyler's The Contrast (1787) to George Aiken's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853) and Steele MacKaye's Hazel Kirke (1880), the course moves quickly to Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon (1920), which many historians consider the first truly indigenous American drama of international import, and examines the significant work of playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard, and David Mamet.

      Cross-listed: THTR 346.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 400 Special Topics in English (3 sem. hrs.)

      Independent but guided research in a specialized area of interest to the student. Directed studies are not offered concurrently for courses available in the regular academic year.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English third or fourth year standing and instructor's consent. (3-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 403 Preparing for English Professions (1 sem. hrs.)

      A colloquium designed to introduce students to practical techniques and strategies for continuing in their academic and professional lives after graduating with an English degree. This course prepares students for further academic study, and for writing in academic, creative, and professional contexts.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 412 Studies in 20th Century American Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of representative works of 20th century American literature and the development of its themes in various historical, political, and socio-cultural contexts, including the major wars and social upheavals in which American society has been involved in the last one hundred years. Works for discussion are drawn from influential American voices of this period (at least six) such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Theodore Dreiser, Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, and Saul Bellow.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 422 Chaucer (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of The Canterbury Tales and selected minor works, which may include The Book of the Duchess, The Parliament of Fowls, and Troilus and Criseyde. The course involves reading Chaucer’s texts alongside samples of contemporary and historical writings ranging from mystical theology to natural philosophy, including Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy and the Roman de la Rose. The student also develops a good reading knowledge of Chaucerian Middle English.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 430 Medieval English Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A range of non-Chaucerian medieval English writings covering a number of different themes. Works studied may include secular and religious lyrics, mystery and morality plays, sermons, debates, visionary or mystical poetry and prose, and romance.

      NB: No overlap with ENGL 422.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 450 Honours Essay (3 sem. hrs.)

      A research paper of 40 to 50 pages written in close consultation with a member of the English Department, to be completed in the final semester of fourth year by all Honours students.

      Prerequisite(s): Admission to Honours program. See Department chair. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ENGL 451 Drama to 1642 Excluding Shakespeare (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of English drama from its liturgical origins to the closing of the theatres in 1642, including medieval mystery cycles and morality plays as well as works by Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline playwrights.

      Cross-listed: THTR 441.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 453 Milton (3 sem. hrs.)

      The intensive study of selected works of poetry and prose by John Milton, situated in their cultural contexts. Particular attention is paid to Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 454 Renaissance Poetry and Prose (3 sem. hrs.)

      The study of selected works of Renaissance poetry and prose (excluding those by Shakespeare and Milton), situated in their cultural contexts.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 456 17th Century Women's Writing (3 sem. hrs.)

      The study of selected works written by women in 17th century Britain and America, situated in their cultural contexts.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (0-0; 0-3)


    • ENGL 462 18th Century Drama (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of the English drama of the 18th century. An examination of representative works of the London stage and comparative continental dramas, in transition and in cultural context.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 465 18th Century Literature (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of the poetry, non-fiction prose, and novels of the major writers of the neo-classical period, including such authors as John Dryden, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, and Samuel Richardson.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)


    • ENGL 471 Victorian Poetry and Prose (3 sem. hrs.)

      The study of the poetry and non-fiction prose of British writers during the Victorian era (1837-1901), including prose authors such as Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, and John Ruskin, and poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The course considers these works in the context of Victorian Britain’s preoccupation with questions about politics, education, art, science, religion, and the role of women.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)


    • ENGL 482 World Literature in English (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course focuses on issues related to post-colonialism and literature through the study of literature written in English by writers from post-colonial nations.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 490 Literary Theory and Criticism I (3 sem. hrs.)

      A study of the major documents of literary theory and criticism from Plato to Frye. Students consider traditional texts and terminology (historical development), genre conventions, and the relation of literary texts to the author, to the reader, and to social and cultural reality.

      NB: This course is required of all Honours English students.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)


    • ENGL 495 Literary Theory and Criticism II (3 sem. hrs.)

      A survey of the major interpretive approaches to literature from post-structuralism to the recent ethical turn in literary theory. Designed to complement ENGL 490, the course examines contemporary theory and practice (e.g., deconstruction, psychoanalytical criticism, neo-Marxism, historicism, philosophical hermeneutics, gender studies, and ethical criticism) and considers the social and intellectual context out of which each approach arises.

      NB: This course is required of all Honours English students.

      Prerequisite(s): 9 sem. hrs. of English and third or fourth year standing or instructor's consent. (3-0 or 3-0)

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