Department of English Language and Literature

English Department 3000 Level Courses

3302 Literary Theory I

3 credit hours

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

This course provides an introduction to the major issues, figures, and theoretical approaches in the discipline of literary criticism.  This section covers the ancients through to nineteenth-century writers. 

3303 Literary Theory II

3 credit hours

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

This course provides an introduction to the major issues, figures, and theoretical approaches in the discipline of literary criticism.  This section covers twentieth century through to contemporary writers. 

3310  Classical Literature [CLAS 3310]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of CLAS or ENGL courses.

This course is a survey of the literature of ancient Greece and/or Rome in English translation.   Course content will be organized either thematically, for example on women in Classical literature or metamorphosis, or by genre, for example on epic, tragedy, or comedy.  The course is intended for students who have some background in Classics and/or Classical literature.

3331 History of Children’s Literature

3 credit hours

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

A survey of children’s literature to the end of the nineteenth century. The literature will be read and understood in its historical context. The emphasis will be on the works generally considered classics of children’s literature.

3343 Cultural Studies

3 credit hours

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

This is an interdisciplinary course that explores culture and contexts within which culture is produced, disseminated, and consumed.  The course introduces students to some of the basic cultural studies theories and methodologies, like psychoanalysis, economics, sociology, but also film and media studies, gay and lesbian theories, feminist, ethnic, and popular-culture studies.

3344 Canadian Literature to 1920

3 credit hours

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

An introduction to the drama, fiction, prose and poetry written in early Canadian literary history emphasizing the colonial and post-Confederation periods.

3345 Canadian Literature After 1920

3 credit hours

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

An introduction to the drama, fiction, prose and poetry written in Canada since 1920 studied in critical and historical context.

3347 American Literature 1820-1865

3 credit hours

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

A survey of major works of American literature from 1820 to the end of the Civil War.  Authors may include Dickinson, Douglass, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman.  This course, along with American Literature 1865-1914, provides students with a sound historical understanding of this most formative period in American literature.

3348 American Literature 1865-1914

3 credit hours

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

A survey of major works of American literature from 1865 to the eve of World War I.  Authors may include Cather, Chopin, Crane, DuBois, Dreiser, James, London, Twain and Wharton.  This course, along with American Literature 1865-1914, provides students with a sound historical understanding of this most formative period in American literature.

3349 Literature in English 1350-1500

3 credit hours

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

This course provides an in-depth study of various aspects of late medieval English literature, excluding Chaucer.  Readings may cover genres such as medieval romance, drama, hagiography and devotional prose as well as works by Langland, the Gawain poet, Lydgate, Malory, the Wakefield dramatist, and Julian of Norwich.

3351 American Fiction from 1950 to the Present

3 credit hours

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

A study of American fiction since World War II. Authors to be studied are chosen partly because they interpret some important aspects of the American national experience during this period and partly because they raise basic questions about the aesthetics of fiction.

3361 World Literature in English: Selected Focus

3 credit hours

3367 Canlit:  the 60s and 70s

3 credit hours

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

A study of the emergence of “Canlit” in the 1960s and 1970s with emphasis on the development of cultural institutions.  In addition to the literature produced in the period, including representative poems, plays, short stories and novels, the course will examine the influence of thematic criticism, regionalism, and nationalism on the creation of Canadian canons.

3375 Writing Fiction I

3 credit hours

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

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of Creative Writing Coordinator.

A course in the many techniques, skills, goals and problems in writing fiction. The emphasis is on analyzing student stories in workshops, but lectures and writing exercises may also be included.

3376 Writing Fiction II

3 credit hours

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

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of Creative Writing Coordinator.

This course encourages students to experiment with literary techniques and to develop their own writing style. Students will participate in workshops, read widely in the genre of the short story and be encouraged to rethink and revise their own fiction.

3381 Writing Poetry

6 credit hours

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

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of Creative Writing Coordinator.

This course provides students with an opportunity to write and workshop their own poetry. The great range of choices available to poets in terms of form, rhythm, voice and diction will be explored. The emphasis will be on student submissions, but the work of published poets will also be discussed.

3382 Writing Plays

6 credit hours

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

Additional prerequisite: submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of Creative Writing Coordinator.

This course provides students with the opportunity to write and workshop their own plays. The literary aspects of drama, as well as its practical and production aspects, will be explored. Though the course focuses on student efforts, the works of classic and contemporary playwrights may also be discussed.

3383 Writing Prose - Non-Fiction

3 credit hours

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

Additional prerequisite:  submission of samples of writing prior to registration and permission of Creative Writing Coordinator.

A creative writing course dealing with such forms of prose as travel literature, essays, reviews, memoirs, biographies, and journals. Students will experiment with various forms and critique each other’s efforts in a workshop format. Published examples of non-fiction prose will be read and discussed.

3402 History of the English Language [LING 3402]

6 credit hours

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

A survey of the development of the English language from its earliest stages to the present. Representative texts are used from each period so that students can acquire first-hand knowledge of the successive changes in grammar (syntax, morphology, and phonology) and vocabulary.

3404 The Canterbury Tales

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  6 credits of ENGL

This course is an introduction to the poet Geoffrey Chaucer with a detailed study of The Canterbury Tales.  The focus will be on reading Chaucer’s work in Middle English and on the literary, social and historical context in which it was produced.  Students are not required to have any prior knowledge of Middle English.

3405 Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 6 credits of ENGL

This course is an introduction to the poet Geoffrey Chaucer with a detailed study of Troilus and Criseyde. The focus will be on reading Chaucer's poetry in Middle English and on the literary, social and historical context in which it was produced.

Note: This course will be offered in rotation with ENGL 3404; please see the department handbook for offerings year-to-year. Students are not required to have any prior knowledge of Middle English.

3406 Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 6 credits of ENGL

Students examines the tradition of Arthurian literature and its pervasiveness during the middle ages in Western Europe, including themes such as chivalry, courtly love, imperialism and the grail quest. The focus is on medieval versions of Arthurian legends but will also take up their adaptability to revisionist viewpoints of different periods and genres.  Students are not required to have any prior knowledge of Middle English.

3408 Drama and Society - Restoration to 18th Century

3 credit hours

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

This course gives particular attention to the comedy of manners and its principal exponents such as Etherege, Wycherley, Congreve and Sheridan. Also studied are sentimental comedy, heroic and domestic tragedy, and the ballad opera, as well as the way social and political development affected the theatre.

3410 Early 18th-Century Literature

3 credit hours

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

Students examine English literature written during the Restoration period and early eighteenth century, with a focus on poetry and prose.  Works by authors such as John Dryden, Anne Finch, Samuel Pepys, Alexander Pope, and Jonathan Swift are studied.

3411 Late 18th-Century Literature

3 credit hours

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

Students examine English literature written during the late eighteenth century, with a focus on poetry and prose.  Works by authors such as Edmund Burke, Frances Burney, William Cowper, Thomas Gray, and Samuel Johnson are studied.

3412 Restoration and 18th Century Literature

6 credit hours

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

This course focuses on the various forms of English poetry and prose between 1660 and 1800. It includes poets such as Dryden, Finch, Pope, and Gray, and writers of prose such as Swift, Johnson, Burney and Boswell.

3415 The Eighteenth-Century Novel

3 credit hours

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

Students examine the development of the English novel in the eighteenth century.  Works by authors such as Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Ann Radcliffe, and Jane Austen are studied.

3416 The Romantic Movement

6 credit hours

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

This course studies the origins and development of the English Romantic movement. Major emphasis will be placed on the works of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats and Byron.

3419 English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century

3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  twelve (12) credit hours in ENGL at the 2000-level or above.

The course focuses on English poetry and prose written in the 16th century, and on the cultural and social context within which this literature was produced.  Some writers that may be studied include More, Wyatt, Surrey, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Lyly, Sidney, Spenser, Nashe, Whitney, Layer, Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I.

3421 English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: twelve (12) credit hours in ENGL at the 2000-level or above.

The course focuses on English poetry and prose written in the 17th century, and on the cultural and social context within which this literature was produced.  Some of the writers that may be studied include Donne, Jonson, Marvell, Milton, Traherne, Herbert, Dryden, Florio, Bacon, Burton, Browne, Speght and Wroth. 

3428 20th Century Poetry

6 credit hours

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

A study of 20th century poetry in English. British, American and Canadian poetry of the Modernist period and the post-World War II period is given special emphasis.

3429 American Literature 1914-1950

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Twelve (12) credit hours in ENGL at the 2000-level or above.

A study of major American modernist writers of fiction and poetry from the turn of the twentieth century until the period just after World War II.  Writers studied may include Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Eliot, Pound and Stevens. 

3435 20th Century European Drama

3 credit hours

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

A study of the principal European dramatists and theatre movements in the present century with emphasis on the ones that have most influenced drama written in English. Reference is made to works by such dramatists as Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett and Ionesco.

3437 Canadian Drama

3 credit hours

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

A course in Canadian drama and theatre history with an emphasis on audience and performance using collaborative and collective study methods.  The course covers published plays, radio and television drama, and live performance.

3443 Irish Poetry [IRST 3443]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: IRST 1215 or IRST 1216 or ENGL 2393

This course will examine recent Irish poetry, beginning with W. B. Yeats and concluding with an extended analysis of the poetry of Northern Ireland.  We will be placing poems in cultural context, but also examining the formal aspects of the work.  Students will be required to read a considerable amount of Irish social and cultural history, as well as some theoretical works about poetry and poetics.

3444 Shakespeare I

3 credit hours

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

The subject of this course is Shakespeare’s comedies and romances.

3445 Shakespeare II

3 credit hours

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

The subject of this course is Shakespeare’s history plays and problem plays.

3446 Shakespeare III

3 credit hours

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

The subject of this course is Shakespeare’s tragedies.

3447 Shakespeare’s Contemporaries

3 credit hours

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

This course studies selected plays by such writers as Kyd, Marlowe, Dekker, Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, Webster, Middleton, Marston, and Heywood.

3451 British Drama since 1956

3 credit hours

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

The “overnight revolution” in British Theatre in 1956 produced successive waves of outstanding dramatists who will be studied in the course, including Osborne, Pinter, Arden, Bond, Stoppard, Ayckbourn and Shaffer. The work of three major companies which helped to promote them, the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre Company, will also be featured.

3453 Irish Drama in the 20th Century [IRST 3453]

3 credit hours

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

This course studies Irish drama from the founding of the Irish National Theatre society in 1903 up to the present time, including the works of Yeats, Hyde, Lady Gregory, Synge, Shaw, O’Casey, and Beckett.

3458 History and Theory of the Novel I

3 credit hours

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

This course will serve as an introduction to the critical reading of the novel.  We will study the historical, cultural, and philosophical climate that allowed for the emergence of the novel in the eighteenth century and will track the changes in narrative style, and the implications of these changes, from realism to modernism to postmodernism to post-colonialism.  History and Theory of the Novel I will consider the novel in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

3459 History and Theory of the Novel II

3 credit hours

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

This course will serve as an introduction to the critical reading of the novel.  We will study the historical, cultural, and philosophical climate that allowed for the emergence of the novel in the eighteenth century and will track the changes in narrative style, and the implications of these changes, from realism to modernism to postmodernism to post-colonialism.  History and Theory of the Novel II will consider the novel from the twentieth century to the contemporary period.

3460 British Literature, 1900 - 1945

3 credit hours

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

The course surveys British literature from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the Second World War, and includes works of poetry, prose, fiction, and drama.  Attention will be paid to the social, cultural, and historical contexts of the literature, with reference to such major events as the two world wars and the depression.  Authors studied may include George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Graham Greene, and W.H. Auden.

3461 British Literature, 1945 - 2000 

3 credit hours

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

The course surveys British literature from the end of the second world war to the conclusion of the twentieth century, and includes works of poetry, prose, fiction, and drama.  Attention will be paid to the social, cultural, and historical contexts of the literature, with reference to topics such as the end of the British empire, the cold war and its aftermath, and the increasing importance of the electronic media.  Authors studied may include Doris Lessing, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Harold Pinter, Margaret Drabble, and Ian McEwan.

3462 Post-1945 Black British Writing

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1205

Students are introduced to post-1945 Black British and Caribbean literatures. Through the work of key thinkers read alongside a selection of generically diverse texts (novels, films, poetry), students will examine the critical debates that have shaped the field of Black British studies. Authors/filmmakers examined may include: Sam Selvon, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Hanif Kureishi, Bernardine Evaristo, Caryl Phillips, Zadie Smith, and the Black Audio Film Collective.

3470 The Contemporary Novel

3 credit hours

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

From apocalyptic preoccupations, to environmental catastrophe, to mobile populations, to late capitalism and neo-liberalism, to questions of the non-human rights discourse, to the impact of globalization on literature and the understanding of the literary, this course will track the concerns and form of twentieth-first century novel in the first decades. Novelists might include: Chan Koonchung; Cormac McCarthy; Kazuo Ishiguro, Chika Unigwe, Aravind Adiga, Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh.

3471 Contemporary Canadian Fiction

3 credit hours

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

An advanced course in Canadian fiction produced in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s that gives students an opportunity to consider selected novels and short stories in some depth.  Texts are considered within the context of Canadian literary criticism, history, and theory.

3472 Contemporary Canadian Poetry

3 credit hours

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

An advanced course that considers questions of genre and form in Canadian poetry after 1965. Selected collections of poetry are studied within the context of Canadian literary criticism, history, and theory.  Specific topics covered include the long poem, the lyric and visual poetry.

3481 The Nineteenth Century British Novel I

3 credit hours

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

Students study the British novel in the first half of the nineteenth century, focusing on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, William Makepeace Thackeray, Eliabeth Gaskell, the early Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Attention will be paid to the style and narrative technique of the novels studied, to their place in the cultural history of the period, and to their relationship to their social and historical contexts.

3482 The Nineteenth Century British Novel II

3 credit hours

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

Students study the British novel from the mid-Victorian period to the fin-de-siècle, focusing on writers such as the later Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, R.L. Stevenson, Oscar Wilde and Henry James.  Attention will be paid to the style and narrative technique of the novels studied, to their place in the cultural history of the period, and to their relationship to their social and historical contexts.

3483 Victorian Poetry and Prose I

3 credit hours

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

This course focuses on the poetry and prose of the early Victorian period, including poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and prose writers such as Thomas Carlyle and John Stuart Mill.  Attention will be paid to the way that Victorian poetry develops out of the Romantic Movement, and to the relationship between literature and the political and social context, focusing on topics like reform and the industrial revolution.

3484 Victorian Poetry and Prose II

3 credit hours

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

This course focuses on the poetry and prose of the later Victorian period, including poets such as Matthew Arnold, Christina Rossetti, and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and prose writers such as John Henry Newman, Charles Darwin, Matthew Arnold, Walter Pater, and Oscar Wilde. Attention will be paid to the aesthetic movement, the definition of culture, and the crisis of religious faith.

3500  Contemporary Canadian Irish Prose [IRST 3500]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: six (6) credit hours in ENGL, IRST or HIST

This course examines the work of Canadian authors who have drawn on Ireland, Irish themes or the Irish in Canada in their writings, and the work of Irish-born authors living in Canada whose works contain significant Canadian content. Following an overview of the range of earlier Canadian Irish writings, students will read and discuss a selection of recent fiction and non-fiction texts by authors such as Charles Foran, Jane Urquhart, Brian Moore, Emma Donoghue, Peter Behrens and John Moss.

3511 Film and the City

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 2000-level.

Students will explore material and conceptual connections between film and the city–two of the most pervasive influences on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Guided by key theorists of city space and cinema, students will pursue textual analysis of films that articulate social, cultural, spatial, and temporal concerns representative of urban lived experiences.

Classes 2 hours and Lab/Screening 2 hours.

3512 Contemporary Canadian Film and Television

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in ENGL at the 2000-level.

Students will critique foundational concepts, policies, and practices considered important to contemporary Canadian film and television since 1980, through the discussion and analysis of film and television texts.

Classes 2 hours and Lab/Screening 2 hours.

3518   Canadian Nature Writing

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in English at the 2000-level or above.

A course in the wide variety of "nature writing" by Canadian authors, including poetry, narrative and descriptive non-fiction (wilderness writings, agricultural accounts, naturalists’ essays), and prose of environmental and ecological concern. Authors studied could range from Mi'kmaw story-tellers, Harry Thurston, and Don McKay to Mina Hubbard, Don Gayton, and Sharon Butala.

3521 North American Indigenous Literature: United States

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1205

Students are introduced to the literature of the Indigenous peoples of North America.  Beginning with the oral creationary stories and moving into written works from the 19th–21st centuries, students examine the distinct styles and central themes found in contemporary writing by Native authors in the United States. Students are expected to identify the unique complexities that emerge in the literature, such as issues of voice, gender, experience, critical theory, racism, Indigenous intellectualism, and identity.

3522 North American Indigenous Literature: Canada

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 1205

Students study the works by First Nation, Inuit and Metis writers in Canada, and examine the issues of colonialism, voice, resistance and empowerment, as well as culture, spirituality and intellectual tradition as key themes.  Along with exploring the familiar genres of Western writing – autobiography, poetry, short stories, drama, and the novel students address unique approaches to literature as developed by the authors, as well as critical approaches that originate from Indigenous communities.

3534 Literature of Modern Ireland I: The Literary Revival, 1890-1922 [IRST 3534]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in English at the 2000-level or above.

This course will examine the literature of the Irish Literary Revival with a strong emphasis on social and cultural context.  Writers to be studied will include W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge and James Joyce. 

3535 Literature of Modern Ireland II: After the Revival, 1922-Present [IRST 3535]

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in English at the 2000-level or above.

This course will examine the literature of modern Ireland after the revival with a strong emphasis on social and cultural context.  Writers to be studied will include Elizabeth Bowen, Brendan Behan, Kate O’Brien, Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney and Medbh McGuckian.

3788 Literature and Culture in Celtic Tiger Ireland [IRST 3788]

3 credit hours

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

This course will examine the culture and literature produced in the period of economic expansion in Ireland known as the 'Celtic Tiger'. Students will examine how writers, artists, film-makers and musicians responded to the growth of a neo- liberal Irish society, in which the hitherto dominant position of the spiritual hegemony of the Catholic Church was replaced by an emphasis on material growth and secular individualism.

3800 - 3825 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 at an advanced level authors and topics not dealt with in other 3000-level courses.

3826 -3849  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 at an advanced level authors and topics not dealt with in other 3000-level courses or to allow for a different approach to the study of authors and/or topics already covered in other courses.