Department of English Language and Literature

English Department 2000 Level Courses

A passing grade in ENGL 1205 is normally required for entrance to 2000-level English courses.

2205 Practical Criticism

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course provides an introduction to the discipline of literary criticism through extensive exercises in the practical criticism of selected literary works.  It is aimed at developing essential skills in close reading and a critical vocabulary with which to analyze and discuss literature, while sharpening students’ attentiveness to the way in which form and content contribute to meaning in a literary work.

2261 Postcolonial Literature: Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course introduces students to postcolonial writing in English from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia.  Authors to be studied may include Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Shyam Selvadurai, Samuel Selvon, Jamaica Kincaid, Kamala Das and Anita Desai.

2262 Postcolonial Literature: Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course introduces students to postcolonial writing in English from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Authors to be studied may include Eden Robinson, Sky Lee, Rudy Wiebe, Gerry Bostock, Jack Davis and Witi Ihimaera.

2301 Nineteenth Century Crime and Detective Fiction

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course considers the development of fiction of crime, mystery, and detection during the nineteenth century, a period in which this genre flourished.  Authors to be studied include Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Henry James, E. A. Poe, and R. L. Stevenson.  Attention may also be given to relevant social developments, such as the rise of the police force, advances in criminology and detection, the typology and psychology of the criminal, the “lady detective,” white-collar crime and criminal networks, and the Victorian Underworld.

2302 Twentieth Century Crime and Detective Fiction

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

A study of major 20th Century stories of crime, mystery, and detection.  Authors may include Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Sue Grafton.

2303 Fictions of Finance

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course examines the representation of money and finance in a range of genres – including fiction, drama, poetry, and film – and from a range of literary periods.  Authors to be considered include William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Theodore Dreiser, George Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arthur Miller, and Martin Amis.  Topics to be addressed include narratives of financial success and failure, gambling and risk, the expansion of capitalism and the stock market, lotteries and auctions, fraud and financial crime, and hoarding and expenditure.

2307 Literary Traditions in English

6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course examines literature written in English from Old English to the present with the goals of developing awareness of literary history and of exploring relationships between literature and its social and cultural contexts.

2308 Development of English Prose Style [LING 2308]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

The course offers a close study of the lexical, syntactic and rhetorical choices in very short selections of prose writing from 1500 to the present. The passages will be studied in chronological order, with a view to observing developments in prose style in each period.

2311 Modern English Language [LING 2311]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

The course will examine the nature of modern English semantics (meaning), syntax (‘wordings’), and morphology (word formation).  Some attention is also paid to intonation (soundings).  The course is presented using contemporary grammatical theories.

2312 Varieties of English

3 credit hours

Students investigate English regional and social dialects, and functional varieties adapted to different contexts and genres. Ideas about 'standard English', attitudes to English varieties, attention to their historical origins, and sources of stability and change in English will also be addressed.

2313 Narrative in Fiction and Film

6 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

A study of a number of important works of fiction that have been successfully adapted to film. Students consider the specific properties that are unique to each medium and the implications (formal, thematic, social and political) involved in translating from page to screen.

2314 Literary Legends: Don Juan

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

Students examine the mythical figure of Don Juan, the notorious seducer and trickster of Seville.  Students track the complex evolution of this character through a rich medium of literary and cultural forms:  drama, poetry, fiction, and philosophy, music, and film.  The centerpiece of the course is Mozart’s magnificent opera Don Giovanni.

2315 Masterpieces of Western Literature (Pre-Renaissance)

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

An historical survey of the major works of Western civilization from classical Greece to the Renaissance.

2316 Masterpieces of Western Literature (Post-Renaissance)

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

An historical survey of the major works of Western civilization from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

2317 Literary Legends:  Faust

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Three (3) credit hours in English at the 1000-level

Students examine the mythical figure of Faust, the disgruntled professor who sells his soul to the Devil (Mephistopheles) in exchange for absolute power and knowledge.  The history of Faust will be explored through a variety of representations in drama, poetry, fiction, music, opera, and film.

2318 The Writer and Nature

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

Ranging from 18th century meticulous observers of the natural world through the Romantic poets to modern writers who envision an apocalyptically threatened environment, this course seeks to trace the shifts in literary approaches to nature within different English-speaking traditions and to follow the changing perceptions of the place of the human being within the natural landscape.

2320 Writing by Women I [WMST 2320]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course focuses on women’s literature from the middle ages to the end of the eighteenth century.  It covers a variety of literary genres and examines some of the theoretical, historical, and practical concerns pertaining to women’s writing.

2321 Writing by Women II [WMST2321]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course focuses on literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.  It covers a variety of literary genres and examines some of the theoretical, historical, and practical concerns pertaining to women’s writing.

2325 The Media in Everyday Life

3 credit hours

Students analyze media texts, environments, and practices encountered in everyday life, guided by longstanding debates about how media affects and reflects our imaginative conceptions of the world.

2326 Language and Gender [LING 2326]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course examines the role of language in forming popular perceptions about the position of women and men in society.  The topics include a comparison between English and other languages in matters of grammar, vocabulary, and semantics; a comparison between modern English and earlier stages; and an enquiry into the origin of authoritarian notions of correctness.  The historical role of women as users and teachers of language is also considered. Present-day attitudes, implementation of non-sexist language guidelines, and the struggle to establish non-discriminatory language practices are also included in the study.

2327 The Bible and English Literature [RELS 2376]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

A study of the influence of the Bible on English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the present.  Particular emphasis will be given to the King James Bible (1611).  Some attention will be paid to the ancient context and literary forms of the Jewish and Christian scriptures and to recent theoretical approaches to the relationship of the Bible and literature.

2328 The Catholic Tradition in Modern British Literature

3 credit hours

This course begins with the nineteenth-century Catholic revival, with some attention to John Henry Newman and Gerard Manley Hopkins.  The main focus is the twentieth-century Catholic novel, including Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, and David Lodge.

2341 Introduction to Drama I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course is a survey of representative plays from ancient Greece to 1700.

2342 Introduction to Drama II

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course is a survey of representative plays from 1700 to the present.

2356 The Development of Science Fiction to the New Wave

3 credit hours

The course will explore visionary and speculative literature ranging from early nineteenth century speculative fictions up to and including the New Wave. Topics such as the following will be discussed: the influence of the classical writers M. Shelley, J. Verne, and H.G. Wells; the importance of the “pulp” magazines of the 1920s and 1930s and 1940s; Golden Age writers and writing; and the development of the New Wave movement.

2360 The Fantastic

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course will trace the rise of fantastic literature into a variety of modern cultural forms (novel, short story, graphic novel, film, gaming) and explore the ideologies it encodes.  Examining how the fantastic filters the mythic, medieval and romantic, we will be in a position to speculate on how fantasy’s various manifestations both tie us to the past and reconstruct identity and society in the postmodern era.

2364 The Modern Novella

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

A course designed to introduce the student to a wide range of short novels which illustrate both the rich diversity and the fundamental unity of concern which characterize the modern imagination and cultural consciousness.

2380 Literature of Atlantic Canada [ACST 2380]

6 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level.

An examination of the literature and literary background of Atlantic Canada. Emphasis in the first semester is on the 19th and early 20th centuries; in the second semester it is on contemporary writing.

2391 The Study of Short Fiction

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course is designed to introduce students to short fiction as well as to the analytical concepts necessary for its critical appreciation and judgment.

2392 The Study of the Narrative

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

This course is designed to introduce students to the novel in English as well as to the analytical concepts necessary for its critical appreciation and judgment.

2393 The Study of Poetry

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

Students are introduced to methods and problems in poetics and the reading and analysis of English poetry for the purpose of preparing students for advanced work.

2461 Mi’kmaq Storytelling and Literature

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1205

Students are introduced to Mi’kmaq literature and oral storytelling tradition in order to examine how Mi’kmaq people and culture have endured, adapted and flourished. As the original inhabitants of the lands now known as Canada’s Maritime provinces, the Mi’kmaq peoples are the holders of a wealth of Indigenous knowledge.  These stories, both oral and written, give evidence to the deep connections the Mi’kmaq have with this coastal land base, and exhibit their intimate knowledge of all creatures native to the area.

2463 Imagining the North in Canadian Literature

3 credit hours

Prerequisite Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

Students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the representation of Canada as “true north” in literature and media.  Beginning with Glenn Gould’s “The Idea of North” with emphasis on the mutual influence of the various genres through which Canadians imagine the north, including drama, fiction, historiography, and poetry..  The course includes selections of Inuit literature written in English..

2511 Reading Film

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level.

Students are introduced to the techniques, critical approaches and fundamentals of film language (sounc, mis-en-scène, cinematography, editing and narrative), used in the discipline of film studies to read, analyze, and interpret narrative films.

Classes 2 hours and Lab/Screening 2 hours.

2520 Irish Folklore [IRST 2520]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

A comprehensive study of folklore in Ireland.  All aspects of folklore will be examined, with special emphasis on the storytelling, song, and folk drama traditions.

2800 - 2825 Special Author, Special Subject

6 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

The subject matter of particular courses will be announced from time to time. These courses are designed to examine authors and topics not dealt with in other 2000-level courses.

2826 - 2849  Special Author, Special Subject

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 1000-level

The subject matter of particular courses will be announced from time to time. These special half-credit courses provide the opportunity to study a particular author or subject in depth and detail.  They are designed to examine authors and topics not dealt with in other 2000-level courses or to allow for a different approach to the study of authors and/or topics already covered in other courses.