Courses

 Honours Major: English Literature (16 courses)

General Major: English Literature (10 courses)

Minor: Literature Stream (6 courses)

 

Course Details

ENG-103
Ways of Reading: Fiction

Stories: how do they tell us about the world? Looking at short fiction and novels from a range of historical periods, in this course we will cultivate the ability to read with imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual discernment.


ENG-104
Ways of Reading: Poetry and Drama

How do poems and plays express human experience? Looking at poetry and drama from a range of historical periods, in this course we will continue to cultivate the ability to read with imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual discernment.


ENG-201
Expository Writing I

A course on the art and craft of expository writing–writing that seeks to explore, explain, or argue a topic for a given audience. Students will practice various modes of nonfiction writing, from personal to persuasive essays, so as to learn the knowledge and skills needed to express themselves fluently and literately in written English, whether in print or digitally. Through a workshop format, students will learn seven traits of effective writing, study well-crafted essays on a range of intriguing topics, improve grammatical correctness in their own writing, gain twenty-first century research skills, and become rhetorically savvy writers. This course is strongly recommended for students considering a career in teaching.


ENG-203
Creative Writing I: Essential Tools and Strategies

Energy, imagery, tension, patterns, insight, and revision: this course focuses on tools and strategies such as these, common to all forms of creative writing. Using a workshop format, this course develops students’ imaginative writing skills and cultivates productive writing habits. Students also explore a Christian understanding of the gift and practice of imagination as they experiment in different genres and modes–from fiction and poetry to creative nonfiction, drama, and graphic narratives.

Prerequisites:
ENG-103 or 104 or permission of the department

ENG-213
Playwriting

This courses focuses on the student’s unique voice and vision primarily expressed through the written word. Providing a forum for presenting works in progress, the course enables students to hear their words read, with feedback and discussion by the instructor and fellow playwrights. Students create scenes emphasizing dialogue and character, and participate in exercises related to narrative and the formation of dialogue.

Prerequisites:
THR-200, ENG-201

ENG-215
Introduction to Classical Western Mythology

An introduction to the central myths and stories that have shaped the literary and cultural imaginations of the Western world. Readings will engage paradigmatic narratives from Greek and Roman mythology.

Prerequisites:
ENG-103 or 104 or permission of the instructor

ENG-222
Canadian Literature Survey

This course explores the origins and development of Canadian literature by examining the forces that shaped it, the forms and genres that have characterized it, and the themes that have preoccupied it. As a study of Canadian literature from its beginnings in the late eighteenth century to its presence as a contemporary literature in the 1970s, the course pays particular attention to the development of distinctive forms of prose and poetry and their relationship to the faith-perspectives of their practitioners.

Prerequisites:
ENG-103 or 104

ENG-232
American Literature Survey

This course surveys American writing from its origins before the United States existed as a nation until the middle of the twentieth century (WWII). Emphasizing the interrelationship between the literature and its historical background, the course includes the study of important prose and poetry from the colonial, revolutionary, Romantic, and Modern periods. Attention is given to this literature’s diverse cultural strands, the contested space of exploration and colonization (including Puritanism), Enlightenment rationalism and individual liberty, transcendentalism, slavery and civil war, race relations, realism, naturalism, Imagism, and Modernism.

Prerequisites:
ENG-103 or 104

ENV-241
Environmental Literature

Studying literary works through an ecological lens will inform and nuance students’ perceptions of the relationship between culture and nature, the foundation of our current environmental sensibilities, and the role of human beings in the care and sustenance of the earth. Using regional and thematic approaches, the course considers the links between literary appreciation and social action.

Prerequisites:
ENG-103 or 104 or permission of the instructor

ENG-251
Children’s Literature

A survey of standard, classic and contemporary writing for children, with special consideration of literature’s capacity to delight, to instruct and shape the values and convictions of young readers.

Prerequisites:
ENG-103 or 104

ENG-257
The British Novel

A survey of the British Novel from its emergence as a literary form to the present day. The novel’s development will be traced through studies of representative writers such as Defoe, Austen, Dickens, Hardy, Woolf, Forster, Orwell, and Barnes.

Prerequisites:
ENG-103 or 104

ENG-261
British Drama Survey

A survey of British drama from the Medieval Cycle plays to the present day. The development of drama in Britain will be presented through the study of plays, which are representative of the genres, styles, and theatre conventions of the day.

Prerequisites:
THR-103 or ENG-104 or permission of the instructor

ENG-302
Expository Writing II

An advanced course in essay writing, with a particular emphasis on argumentation. Students will refine their understanding of rhetorical theory and methods, cultivate ethical language practices, develop a mature style through attention to the sentence, and engage in an advanced study of grammar and editing.

Prerequisites:
ENG-201
or permission of the instructor

ENG-303
Writing Fiction

An intermediate course in the writing of poetry and short fiction, using a workshop format. Students will gain experience in crafting fiction through attention to the full range of story elements and to different narrative genres. Works by other writers are studied in the light of basic principles of form.

Prerequisites:
ENG-201
ENG-203 or 213Must have a B average in the pre-requisite courses.

ENG-304
Journalistic Writing I: Reporting and Newswriting

A course in writing for the news media, focusing on print and internet, using a workshop format. Students will examine and discuss examples of professional journalism, try out the basic forms themselves, and give feedback on each other’s work.

Prerequisites:
ENG-201
or permission of the department

ENG-305
Journalistic Writing II: Column and Opinion Writing

A course in writing columns and opinion pieces for papers, magazines, web journals, and other news media, using a workshop format. Students will examine and discuss examples of professional column writing, practice such writing themselves, and give feedback on each other’s work. Students will learn advanced techniques of interviewing, researching and writing, and will receive some instruction on marketing a column to a periodical publication.

Prerequisites:

Recommended: ENG-304

ENG-315
History of Literary Criticism

A historical survey of some of the major ideas and practices in literary criticism, from Plato to the middle of the twentieth century.

Prerequisites:
Year 4 standing for general majors; Year 3 standing for honours majors. ENG-315 is the Capstone Course for the English Department and is required for all majors.

ENG-320
Women & Marriage on Stage, 1890-1940

An examination of how women and marriage were portrayed on the stage from 1890 to 1940, a time of dramatic changes in family life and the role and status of women.

Prerequisites:
THR-103 or ENG-104 or permission of the instructor

ENG-321
Global Issues in Contemporary Drama

A study of the major post-realist dramatists of the twentieth century from Brecht to the present, including the works of writers such as O’Neill, Stoppard, Fry, Churchill, Sheperd, Wilson, Walker, and Thompson.

Prerequisites:
THR-103 or ENG-104 or permission of the instructor

ENG-322
Contemporary Canadian Literature

This course explores the blossoming of Canadian literature from the 1970s into the twenty-first century by focusing on the local, regional, national, and global dimensions of this writing. While attending to different regions, the course addresses rich issues at the heart of this national literature: ethnicity, the environment, gender relations, indigenous life, immigrant experience, and religious faith within a postmodern world. While studying the formal conventions and cultural relationships that Canadian writers engage, students will also interact with local writers and visiting poets.

Prerequisites:
ENG-222 or 232

ENG-332
Contemporary American Literature

This course studies American poetry and fiction from 1945 to the present, emphasizing the interrelationship between the literature and the tumultuous period in which the United States became a global power. The course includes attention to a central aspect of American experience, race relations; to the unrest and experimentation of the time, represented, for example, by the Beat Movement; and to the contribution of Christian authors to the American canon (e.g. Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, and Marilynne Robinson).

Prerequisites:
ENG-222 or 232

ENG-340
History of Language

A study of the development of the English language, from the AngloSaxon period to the present day.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

ENG-341
Medieval English Literature

A study of the poetry and prose of medieval England, with special attention to the works of Chaucer.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor; Year 3 or 4 standing

ENG-342
Sixteenth-Century English Literature

The literature of England from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, including Shakespeare’s non-dramatic poetry and works by Sidney and Spenser.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

ENG-343
Seventeenth-Century English Literature

The literature of the late Renaissance in England, from the reign of James I to the Restoration, with special attention to the works of Donne, Herbert, and Milton.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

ENG-345
Nineteenth-Century English Literature I: Romantic

The literature of writers who are associated with Romanticism (1790- 1830), including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and Shelley.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

ENG-346
Nineteenth-Century English Literature II: Victorian

Poetry, prose and drama from the High Victorian period to the end of the century, including works by Tennyson, Browning, Dickens, George Eliot, Arnold, Hopkins, and Wilde.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

ENG-347
British Literature, 1950-Present

This course will investigate how British novels, short fiction and poetry are both marked by and speak into the challenging context of rapid change in British society since WWII. The course will include fiction by Golding, Greene, Carter, Byatt, Ishiguro, Barnes, M. Amis, and Z. Smith, and poetry by Auden, Larkin, Hughes, Heaney, G. Hill, and Boland.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

ENG-357
Contemporary Fiction

Critical evaluation of selected contemporary novels and works of short fiction from Canada, the U.S., and Britain.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor; Year 3 or 4 standing

ENG-361
Shakespeare

A study of six representative comedies, histories, and tragedies by William Shakespeare from a number of critical perspectives.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

ENG-362
English Renaissance Drama

A study of dramatic works from 1590-1642 written by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, including Marlowe, Jonson, and Middleton.

Prerequisites:
THR-103 or ENG-104 or permission of the instructor

ENG-376
Postcolonial Literature

An introduction to twentieth century literature in English from the West Indies, India, West Africa and South Africa, with some links to literature in contemporary Canada.

Prerequisites:
ENG-257 or 261 or permission of the instructor

ENG-403
Creative Writing III: Advanced Workshop and Honours Project

An advanced course in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry under the supervision of a writing specialist. Students will meet in workshop format and/or with the instructor in personal tutorials.

Prerequisites:
B or higher in ENG-303; admission to this course is on the basis of portfolio
evaluation

ENG-416
Contemporary Critical Theory

A consideration of the many different theoretical and critical approaches to literature and cultural studies that have proliferated since the middle of the twentieth century.

Prerequisites:
ENG-315
Year 4 standing and permission of the instructor

ENG-425
Studies in Canadian Literature

A study of a specific theme, genre, author or group of authors in Canadian literature.

Prerequisites:
ENG-222 or 322; Year 4 standing or permission of the instructor

ENG-426
Modern Canadian Fiction

A study of modern and contemporary Canadian short stories and novels, with a focus on a specific genre, theme, cultural context or region.

Prerequisites:
ENG-222 or 322; Year 4 standing or permission of the instructor

ENG-427
Modern Canadian Poetry

A literary and theoretical exploration of the wide variety of styles and genres of poetry presently being written in Canada. As part of their coursework, students will attend readings in local venues, and will host the Canada Council poets at Redeemer.

Prerequisites:
ENG-222 or 322; Year 4 standing or permission of the instructor

ENG-435
Studies in American Literature

A study of a specific theme, genre, author or group of authors in American literature.

Prerequisites:
ENG-232 or 332; Year 4 standing or permission of the instructor

ENG-445
Studies in English Literature

A study of a specific theme, genre, author or group of authors in English literature.

Prerequisites:
ENG-361; Year 4 standing or permission of the instructor

ENG-446
The Fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

An honours-level seminar on the lives and major works of these influential twentieth century Christian scholars.

Prerequisites:
Year 4 standing or permission of the instructor

ENG-447
Shakespeare and Theory

The premise of this course is that the interpretation of Shakespeare on the stage and in the academy is shaped by both specific critical theories and general cultural practices. This seminar course attempts to understand the interplay of Shakespeare’s texts with literary theory, practical criticism, and dramatic performance. Students will test interpretations of Shakespeare from Formalist, Structuralist, Psychoanalytical, Marxist, New Historicist, Gender, Queer, Postcolonial, and other Poststructuralist perspectives.

Prerequisites:
ENG-315, ENG-361

ENG-448
Milton

This course is an intensive study of the major poetry and prose of John Milton (1608-1674), following the arc of Milton’s career against the background of the religious, political, and literary controversies of the seventeenth century. Together with shorter poems and selections of prose, students will be studying A Maske, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes.

Prerequisites:
ENG-342 or 343

ENG-475
Studies in Selected Literature

A study of a specific theme, genre, author or group of authors in selected literature.

Prerequisites:
Year 4 standing or permission of the instructor

ENG-476
Studies in Postcolonial Literature

Twentieth century literature in English from countries that were previously British colonies, read in relation to canonical literature from Britain itself.

Prerequisites:
Year 4 standing or permission of the instructor

ENG-483
Honours Writing Practicum

An off-campus practicum in writing for students in the Honours Writing Stream. Students specializing in creative writing, expository writing, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism are all eligible to apply. For more information please consult the department.

Prerequisites:
ENG-303 & 403 or ENG-304 & 305 (prerequisites or corequisites)

ENG-485
Honours Independent Study

For information on setting up an independent study see page 52 of the Academic Calendar.


ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT STEP?