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2021-2022 ENGL 510

The Writing of Creative Nonfiction

A seminar in the reading and writing of literary nonfiction and in the development of a critical appreciation of its various forms. The course focuses on life writing in terms of its literary forms, as the authors’ responses to their culture, and as texts within which identity is shaped and altered by the intentional acts of their writers. Chosen texts demonstrate the art of life writing, as well as other paradigms for its interpretation and its literary and cultural influence. Such forms as (auto)biography, memoir, letters, diaries, travel and nature writing, and personal essays will provide the models for students’ exploration of this genre. Examples are drawn from writers such as C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, E.M. Forster, George Orwell, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Dillard, Kathleen Norris, Flannery O’Connor, John Bunyan, Virginia Woolf, and others who form part of the literary canon of such writing.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 512

Studies in Twentieth- Century American Literature

A study of representative works of twentieth-century American literary prose 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. Students examine the major themes and values that comprise a canon of literature which addresses the literary movements characterized by realism and naturalism and the contexts of modernism and postmodernism to which literature has responded in the American tradition. American literature and its contributions to the discussions on religion, morality and Christianity, and the relationship between the three, are engaged.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 514

Literature and Spirituality

Literature has been at the centre of the human story from its beginnings as recorded in ancient sacred texts to its current study as cultural narrative with transformative and transcendent possibilities for interpretation and creativity. This course will explore literary themes integral to the pursuit of Christian spirituality, past and present.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 522


This course takes up the study of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Parliament of Fowls, and Legend of Good Women. Care is taken to develop a good reading knowledge of Chaucerian Middle English. The literary, social, economic, political, and spiritual principles in Chaucer’s texts, and the aesthetic techniques employed to shape them, will be situated within the historical and cultural contexts of Ricardian, or late fourteenth-century, England. Chaucer wrote for a populace that had confronted decimating plagues as well as social, economic, and religious upheaval. The course draws out the competing medieval voices that emerge in the works composed in this context, which often articulate searing critiques of a complex, disorderly, patriarchal, violent, and humorous medieval world.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 530

Medieval English Literature

A study of the rich and varied visionary and mystical literature of the early, high, and late Middle Ages, including the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux, Hildegard of Bingen, Richard of St. Victor, Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and the author of The Cloud of Unknowing. The influence of early theologians and philosophers (such as Origen, Plotinus, and Augustine) on these mystics is considered in detail. This course also seeks to read the ontological and epistemological elements of medieval mysticism through the filter of modern philosophical paradigms.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 534

European Literature in Translation

A survey of European drama and prose classics from the thirteenth to the twentieth century, this course explores and critically evaluates the shift in worldviews from Dante's Christian humanism to Kafka's and Camus' modern existentialist view of human existence. In order to provide depth to our analysis of the works and to highlight the significance of the shift in worldview, the works will be discussed in their historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts, in combination with close reading and various theoretical interpretative approaches.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 551

Shakespeare I

An in-depth study of seven plays by William Shakespeare (representative histories, tragedies, comedies, and romances) in addition to his narrative poem Venus and Adonis. Shakespeare's plays are considered as both established literary works and as scripts written for performance, and students apply different critical approaches to his works in an attempt to discover the source and nature of the play's aesthetic power and dramatic force. The course attempts to determine whether William Shakespeare is, as some have claimed, the greatest and most influential writer of all time.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 552

Shakespeare II

An in-depth study of seven representative plays (not covered in ENGL 551) of William Shakespeare and a selection of his sonnets. The Shakespearean works are read within the historically specific cultural context in which they were produced. The course pays particular attention to the way in which Shakespeare blurs generic, thematic, and ideological boundaries in his poetic and dramatic works — exploring his fusion of the tragic and the comic, the sacred and the profane, the noble and the plebeian, the fantastic and the historic, and the orthodox and the transgressive. Students also explore the ways in which these richly layered texts affirm or interrogate the dominant cultural values in Elizabethan and Jacobean Britain.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 553


In this course, the major poetic works and selected prose of Milton are read in light of his claim to be the delegated spokesperson for God and Parliament in early-modern England. Milton's works are seen both to reflect the tension and trauma of the Civil War, Interregnum and Restoration, and to participate in shaping a new state and new modes of existence.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 554

Renaissance Poetry and Prose

The course examines representative selections of the poetry and prose of the high and late Renaissance in England, covering a century from about 1580-1680, an era characterized by an impressive range of literary output that has never been rivaled in the western world. Even apart from the work of the most eminent figures— Shakespeare and Milton—this period offers a rich and varied legacy of poetry and impressive essays, treatises, and allegories, by such great literary figures as Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Wroth, Jonson, Bacon, Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Browne, Pepys, Cavendish, Behn, and Bunyan who, along with other selected authors, are represented in this course. The course also addresses the political, religious, and theological controversies that energized so much of the writing of this dynamic century.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 556

Seventeenth-Century Women's Writing

A survey of women's writing in the seventeenth century which examines the poetry, prose, and dramatic works of literary figures such as Lady Mary Wroth, Aemilia Lanyer, Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips, Margaret Cavendish, and Aphra Behn. The writings of these early-modern women are examined in order to understand how they address not only what it is to be a woman in early- modern times, but what it is to be human, an activity that involves the exploration of historical practices, philosophical concepts, political theories, and theological tenets.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 565

Eighteenth-Century Literature

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

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 567

Drama to 1642 Excluding Shakespeare

The study of selected dramatic works written in English prior to the closing of the theatres in 1642, including medieval mystery and morality plays and works by Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline playwrights, excluding Shakespeare.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 571

The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This course offers a study of representative novels and novelists from nineteenth-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 Brontà«, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 572

Romantic Poetry and Poetics

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

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 573

Victorian Poetry and Prose

The study of the poetry and nonfiction 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.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 582

Studies in Modern British Literature

This course studies representative works in British prose, fiction and poetry that both shape and reflect contemporary British literary sensibilities. It includes a selection of poetry from writers such as W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, D.H. Lawrence, Philip Larkin and Seamus Heaney; prose from George Orwell and Virginia Woolf; and novels from A.S. Byatt, Joseph Conrad, John Fowles, David Mitchell and Graham Swift.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 583

World Literature in English

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.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 584

Contemporary Canadian Fiction

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.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 ENGL 590

Studies in Individual Authors

This course is designed to give students the opportunity of studying for an entire semester the works of up to two significant authors.

Course Credits: 3