English Course Descriptions

ENGL 1013 Survey of English Literature I
This course lays a foundation for the study of English literature by examining major works of literary importance to the Western tradition from ancient Greece to the Renaissance. Offered annually.

ENGL 1023 Survey of English Literature II
A continuation of English 1013, this course examines the major works of literary importance to the Western tradition from Milton to the twentieth century. Offered annually.

ENGL 1123 Christianity and Literary Culture
This introductory course in literature surveys a range of works that explore aspects of Christian faith. A variety of literary genres and time periods are covered. Authors studied may include Donne, Herbert, Milton, Shakespeare, Dickens, Dickinson and O’Connor. Open only to DCP students. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 1713 Literature and Composition
This introductory course in literature focuses on reading and essay writing skills. Selected works of fiction, poetry, and drama will provide the basis for frequent composition assignments. Offered annually.

ENGL 1723 Major Authors in English Literature
This course consists of a study of major authors selected from the various periods of English literature. Authors may include Chaucer, Marlowe, Milton, Swift, Wordsworth, Charlotte Brontë, and Shaw. In the selection of texts students will explore works of poetry, drama, and the novel. Offered annually.

ENGL 2603 Practical Criticism - Poetry
This course develops the basic practical skills of literary criticism in relation to poetry. Among other things, instruction is provided in the use of poetic meter, poetic form and the use of stylistic figures.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Exclusion: ENGL 3003. Offered annually.

ENGL 2613 Practical Criticism - Prose
This course develops the basic practical skills of literary criticism with respect to the form and technique used in prose fiction.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Offered annually.

ENGL 2743 Studies in C. S. Lewis
An exploration of the major theological and fiction works of C. S. Lewis. The ongoing tension between reason and imagination, informing both his life and his writing, is the major theme of discussion. Required readings include Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Till We Have Faces, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Offered in alternate years.

ENGL 2853 Canadian Literature I
This course is an introduction to Canadian literature from its beginnings through the 1960s. Authors include some of the following: Moodie, Leacock, Pratt, Davies, Laurence, Callaghan, Roy, Wiebe, Carr, Richler, Avison, Purdy, Page, and Layton. Texts are chosen from works in both English and French (in translation). Among significant themes discussed are relationship to the land and struggle to define identity as Canadians. At least one of [Canadian Literature I or II or American Literature I or II] will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 2863 Canadian Literature II
This course is an introduction to Canadian literature emphasizing writers of the 1970s to the present. It explores the development of post-modern, post-colonial and post-national literature. Authors may include Atwood, Mistry, Munro, Ondaatje, Martel, Urquhart, Kogawa, Michaels, Bringhurst, Lane and Brand. At least one of [Canadian Literature I or II or American Literature I or II] will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 2903 The Short Story
Select shorts stories and short story sequences are the focus of this course. Consideration is also given to the peculiarities of the genre itself. Authors studied may include Hemingway, Hodjins, Joyce, Munro, O’Connor and Poe. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3013 Anglo-Saxon Literature
This course introduces students to the poetry and prose of Anglo-Saxon England. Works are read in modern English translations, but an introduction to the language and the mechanics of Anglo-Saxon poetry is given. Works and authors studied may include "The Battle of Maldon," "Beowulf," "The Dream of the Rood," "The Seafarer," "The Wanderer," Ælfric, King Alfred and Cynewulf.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. At least one of ENGL 3013, 3033, 3053 or 3703 [Anglo-Saxon Literature, Chaucer, or Sixteenth-Century Literature] will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3023 Arthurian Literature
From medieval to modern times, the legends of King Arthur have captured the imagination of many cultures. This course explores diverse articulations of those legends through the works of such authors as Malory, Spenser, Tennyson, Twain, and White.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3033 Sixteenth-Century Literature
This course explores important works of poetry and prose by authors such as Sidney, Spenser, Erasmus and More, and their place in Renaissance culture.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English, including ENGL 1013. At least one of ENGL 3013, 3033, 3053 or 3703 [Anglo-Saxon Literature, Chaucer, or Sixteenth-Century Literature] will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3053 Christian Classics of Medieval England
Beginning with Bede's account of the seventh-century conversion of King Edwin and ending with the close of the Middle Ages circa 1400, this course surveys some of the great classics of early English Christianity. The literature encompasses many genres, including poetry, drama, devotional prose, and pastoral direction. Some authors of the works studied in this course are anonymous; others may include Bede, King Alfred, Julian of Norwich, Hilton, Langland, and Chaucer. All works are read in modern English translations.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English, including ENGL 1013.

ENGL 3063* The Bible as Literature
This course explores the literary power and expression of biblical material. The Bible will be read as a work of literature, sensitive to issues of plot, character, point of view, theme, and other matters integral to understanding the richness of interconnectedness of the Old and New Testaments.
Prerequisites: Religious Studies 1013 and 1023 plus 6 credit hours in English. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3073 Children’s Literature
This course is an intensive introduction to children’s literature. Students will investigate various genres of children’s literature and critically analyze significant books in each area. The course includes a lecture at the Osborne Collection of historical children’s literature. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3083 Science Fiction and Subcreation
This course focuses on Tolkien and Lewis’s response to the problem of alienation in contemporary culture, more specifically in the genre of science fiction. It explores the literary, philosophical and theological sources of alienation in the writing of the Enlightenment. Required reading includes Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Lewis’s science fiction trilogy, as well as the ‘classics’ of the science fiction genre. Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3103 Seventeenth-Century Literature
A study of English literature from the reign of James I to the Restoration, emphasizing Donne, Herbert, Bunyan, and Milton.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English, including ENGL 1013. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3203 Eighteenth-Century Literature
A study of poetry, drama, and prose from 1660 to 1798, including such writers as Dryden, Pope, Swift, and Johnson.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3313 Romantic Poetry
This course focuses on nineteenth-century poetry, including some of the works of the major Romantic poets including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and Shelley.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. At least one of ENGL 3313, 3323 or 3333 will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3323 The Nineteenth-Century Novel
This courses examines works by Austen, the Brontës, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy as representatives of the nineteenth-century British novel.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. At least one of ENGL 3313, 3323 or 3333 will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3333 Victorian Poetry
This course focuses on the poetry of the Victorian period (1837-1901), including works by poets such as Tennyson, Arnold, Hardy and Browning.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. At least one of ENGL 3313, 3323 or 3333 will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3403 Twentieth-Century Literature
This course is a study of representative works reflecting the various influences of the major wars and social upheavals characteristic of the twentieth century. Authors may include Eliot, Woolf, Morrison, Atwood, Achebe and Marquez.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3413 Twentieth-Century British Literature
This course examines works by a representative selection of twentieth-century British authors, including Yeats, Woolf, Lawrence, Joyce, Mansfield, Pinter, Lessing, Larkin, Heaney and Hill.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English.

ENGL 3503 Directed Studies in English
This independent study option is open to third- and fourth-year students who wish to explore a topic not covered in the regular curriculum, and in which the professor has an interest and expertise and is willing to direct studies.
Prerequisite: 18 credit hours in English and permission of the Faculty Advisor. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3653 Creative Writing
Truly redemptive stories explore what it means to be human, taking the common landscape of our lives and transforming it by the touch of imagination into a world fabulous with meanings and possibilities. The course will study craft elements (characterization, dialogue, setting, voice, point of view, and self-editing) while considering issues such as writing honestly but redemptively about contemporary life and integrating faith and fiction. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3703 Chaucer
This course surveys major works of Geoffrey Chaucer, including selections from the Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde and his dream poetry. Students will be introduced to the language of Middle English, but most works will be read in modern translation.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. At least one of ENGL 3013, 3033, 3053 or 3703 [Anglo-Saxon Literature, Chaucer, or Sixteenth-Century Literature] will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3753 Shakespeare
This course will survey the major genres of Shakespeare’s plays and study a series of selected critical works.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3783 Milton
This course emphasizes Milton's major poetry, including Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes and provides an introduction to such influential prose pieces as "Areopagitica," "The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce," "Of Education" and "The Christian Doctrine."
Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in English, including ENGL 1013. Offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3803 Post-Colonial Literature
This course focuses on literature of countries that were once British colonies and have since become independent nations. Among the literatures discussed are those of South Africa, Nigeria, India, Trinidad and Canada. Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in English. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3813 African Literature
This course introduces students to a variety of African writings since 1958, when the first great African novel, Things Fall Apart, by Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, was published. Students are made aware of issues surrounding colonialism, post-independence Africa, and present political and cultural climates. Literature of west, east and south Africa are considered. All works are read in translation.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English.

ENGL 3833 American Literature I
This course is an introduction to influential American writers of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, up to the Civil War, who shaped the direction of American letters, including Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Emerson and Dickinson.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Exclusion: ENGL 2813. At least one of [Canadian Literature I or II, or American Literature I or II] will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3843 American Literature II
This course focuses on Post-Civil War and twentieth century American literature, in the major genres of poetry, drama, and fiction. Representative authors include some of the following: Twain, James, Wharton, Hurston, O’Neill, Williams, Stevens, Levertove, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Morrison, and O’Connor.
Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in English. Exclusion: ENGL 2813. At least one of [Canadian Literature I or II, or American Literature I or II] will be offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3943 Modern Drama
This course surveys some of the major dramatists of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Chekhov, Ibsen, Beckett, Brecht, O’Neill, and Miller.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 4003 History of Literary Theory
This course offers a survey of the major theorists of literature, from Plato and Aristotle to Augustine and Sydney, before looking at Neo-classical critics such as Samuel Johnson and Romantic theorists like Wordsworth, Coleridge and Shelley, who set the tone for the modern period. Required course for students in Honours English. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English.
Exclusion: ENGL 3003. Offered in alternate years.

ENGL 4013 Contemporary Literary Theory
This course considers many of the theoretical approaches to literature that have proliferated in the twentieth century. Recommended for all students who are considering graduate studies in English.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in English.
Completion of ENGL 4003 is strongly recommended. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 4253 Special Topics in English
This seminar-style course focuses on a topic and considers it in depth. Topics will vary from year to year.
Prerequisite: 18 credit hours in English. Offered in alternate years.

ENGL 4503 Advanced Directed Studies in English
This independent study option is open to fourth-year Honours English majors who wish to explore a topic not covered in the regular curriculum and in which the professor has an interest and expertise and is willing to direct studies.
Prerequisites: 30 credit hours in English and permission of the Faculty Advisor. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 4996 English Honours Thesis
Students complete a major research project in English which demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question or thesis, use current scholarly methods and theories, critically evaluate primary sources and/or research data and come to responsible conclusions. The honours thesis is a six credit hour course.
Prerequisite: Open only to students in their final year of an honours program in English with permission of the Faculty Advisor.

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