This page lists all current English undergraduate courses by level. You can find course outlines for all the courses below in the English department's Syllabus Archive, and you can find official course descriptions in the University of Waterloo Calendar.
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Fiction (ENGL 100A): An introduction to fiction through the detailed examination of a range of novels and/or short stories.
Poetry (ENGL 100B): An introduction to poetry through a detailed examination of a range of poetic texts.
Drama (ENGL 100C): An introduction to dramatic literature through the detailed examination of a range of dramatic texts.
Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 101A): An introduction to the study of literature, covering such areas of enquiry as literary history, genre, criticism, analysis, and theory.
Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (ENGL 101B): This course introduces students to rhetoric: the art of persuasion. The history, theory, practice, and impacts of rhetoric will be considered. Students will analyze persuasive artifacts including propaganda, advertisements, political texts, and scientific communications. Students will also act as rhetors (users of rhetoric) to craft persuasive arguments. Also offered online.
Varieties of English (ENGL 103B): Introduction to the study of varieties of the English language - regional, social, temporal, functional, and stylistic. The relations of languages and literature and of speech and writing will be discussed.
Rhetoric in Popular Culture (ENGL 104): This course examines the role of persuasion in contemporary society by focusing on one or more topic areas: film, television, video games, comic books, music, fashion, etc. Students will explore the topic area(s) in depth using a variety of rhetorical theories and methods.
The Superhero (ENGL 108A): An examination of hero figures, ranging broadly from ancient characters such as Gilgamesh to the modern comic book superhero. Literary as well as non-literary materials (e.g., film, comics, games) will be considered.
Global English Literatures (ENGL 108B): An exploration of texts from a range of geographical locations, such as South Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, India, New Zealand, and Pakistan.
Digital Lives (ENGL 108D): An examination of how digital communication technologies create and promote online identities and social spaces, as well as interpersonal and communal interactions.
Gender and Representation (ENGL 108E): A study of the ways gender in all its diversity is constructed and gendered experience is expressed in literature, rhetoric, and a variety of media.
The Rebel (ENGL 108F): A study of various works of literature in which the protagonist is a rebel against existing norms. The course will examine a number of rebel types and concepts, moral implications, and final outcomes either in successful realization or in tragic defeat.
Horror (ENGL 108G): A study of the contemporary horror genre in literature and film. Topics may include the history of horror, the construction of fear, and the development of horror archetypes. Authors and creators may include H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, George Romero, and Stephen King.
Popular Potter (ENGL 108P): This course examines all seven of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. Also offered online.
Tolkien: From Book to Film (ENGL 108T): A study of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-55), and their film adaptations by Peter Jackson (2001-03, 2012-14).
Literature and Medicine (ENGL 108X): How can literature help us understand the body, illness, and healing? The course considers the perspectives of patients and medical practitioners across a range of works, including poetry, fiction, medical texts, and other nonfiction.
Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 109): An exploration of a variety of issues in academic writing such as style, argument, and the presentation of information. Frequent written exercises will be required. Also offered online.
Communications in Mathematics & Computer Science (ENGL 119): This course aims to build students' oral and written communication skills to prepare them for academic and workplace demands. Working independently and in collaboration with others, students will analyze and produce various written and spoken forms of communication. Projects and assignments will draw on materials for Mathematics and Computer Science students.
Written Academic English (ENGL 129R): Designed specifically for students for whom English is not the first language, this writing skills course provides instruction in grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, elements of composition, and academic essay writing, including a focus on theme, development of central ideas, exposition, and argumentation. Also offered online.
Introduction to Modern Arab and Muslim Drama (ENGL 132R): The course explores contemporary Arab and Muslim drama in English (1940s-present) from multiple perspectives, including literary, social, economic, and political.
The Use of English (ENGL 140R): This course examines the uses of spoken and written English in a variety of contexts (colloquial, scientific, legal, political, commercial, journalistic, literary etc.) to increase critical awareness of the language and to help students write more clearly and effectively.
Shakespeare (ENGL 190): Designed for students in all faculties, the course examines some of Shakespeare's comedies, history plays, and tragedies. Shakespeare's variety and flexibility in developing characters and dramatic structures are stressed, as are significant themes. Also offered online.
Communication in the Engineering Profession (AE, CIVE, ENVE, GEOE) (ENGL 191): In this course students in Architectural, Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering will enhance oral and written communication competencies in contexts relevant to the engineering profession.
Communication in the Engineering Profession (COMPE, ELE, MGTE) (ENGL 192): In this course students in Computer, Electrical, and Management Engineering will enhance oral and written communication competencies in contexts relevant to the engineering profession.
Communication in the Sciences (ENGL 193): In this course students will enhance oral and written communication competencies in contexts relevant to the life sciences and physical sciences.
English Literatures 1 (ENGL 200A): An introduction to the diverse forms and voices of literature written in English from the Middle Ages to the late 18th century, focussing on key writers and works, including works by women and people of colour. Students will explore literary techniques, historical and cultural contexts, and the question of the canon.
English Literatures 2 (ENGL 200B): An introduction to the diverse forms and voices of literature written in English from the late 18th century to the present, focussing on key writers and works from Britain and North America, and including works by women and people of colour. Students will explore literary techniques, historical and cultural contexts, and the question of the canon.
English Literatures 3 (ENGL 200C): An introduction to literature written by people of colour and Indigenous and Black authors. Using a postcolonial and anti-racist framework, this course examines historical and contemporary issues of race, racism, and colonialism in a variety of literary texts.
The Short Story (ENGL 201): This course deals with the history and techniques of the short story, with emphasis upon works by such British, American, and Canadian writers as Henry James, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, and Alice Munro.
The Bible and Literature 1 (ENGL 202A): A study of the major stories, themes, and literary characteristics of the Old Testament of the King James Bible (also known as the Hebrew Scripture), and of its influence on other English literature. Also offered online.
The Bible and Literature 2 (ENGL 202B): A study of the major stories, themes and literary characteristics of the New Testament of the King James Bible and of its influence on English literature.
Designing Digital Images and Interaction (ENGL 203): This course draws on multiple theoretical perspectives to introduce students to the fundamental principles of multi-modal communication design in its social context. Students will analyze, design, and produce images and interactivity for use in a variety of digital platforms, including e-learning and business applications.
Designing Digital Video (ENGL 204): This course introduces students to the principles of designing time-based multi-modal communication in a social context. Students will analyse, design, and produce video for use in a variety of digital platforms, including e-learning and business applications.
The Canadian Short Story (ENGL 205R): Exploration of the Canadian short story, from its beginnings - in the bush, in the north, on the land, in the small towns - through the struggles of an urbanizing society to the present. Students will be expected to work in some depth with individual authors.
Writing Lives (ENGL 206): This course studies the ways the self is constructed through text by examining a variety of life-writing approaches, organized from youth to old age, along with theories of identity, memory, gender, narrative, cultural studies, and autobiography as a genre.
Forms of Fantasy (ENGL 208A): A study of fantasy literature, including some subgenres such as romances, fairy tales, fables, and gothic and horror fiction.
Science Fiction (ENGL 208B): Various examples drawn, for instance, from Utopian and anti-Utopian science fiction, social science fiction, "gadget" science fiction, parapsychology, and alternate worlds and beings will be considered. Some attention will be given to the historical development of the genre.
Studies in Children's Literature (ENGL 208C): A critical examination of works of children's literature. Specific readings may range broadly, encompassing works as diverse as ancient folk tales and novels and poetry from the 18th century to the present day.
Women's Writing (ENGL 208E): This course explores a range of women's writing and the social and cultural contexts in which they made their voices heard.
Gothic Monsters (ENGL 208G): A study of monstrosity, fear, terror, and horror in the gothic mode from its origins to the present, with attention to the ways various genres (from the novel to new media) represent gothic sexualities, genders, politics, and aesthetics.
Arthurian Legend (ENGL 208H): The story of Arthur and his knights of the Round Table will be discussed as it is treated at various times in various works and genres. Such matters will be considered as the character of Arthur, the concept of Camelot, and the Fellowship of the Round Table.
Detective Fiction (ENGL 208K): A study of the detective novel, the novel of crime, the thriller, the novel of intrigue, and of espionage with texts drawn from various time periods and national literatures. The course includes the examination of critical approaches to the form of detective fiction.
Race and the Literary Tradition (ENGL 208L): How have ideas of race been represented, transmitted, and resisted in the canon of literature in English over the centuries? Topics may include the invention of race, Eurocentrism and imaginative geography, racial beauty myths, internalized racism, and issues of gender, sexuality, and colonialism.
Travel Literature (ENGL 208M): The course examines the forms and functions of travel literature as a genre. Topics will include the representation of travel as adventure, discovery, pilgrimage, and escape; travel and tourism; travel and gender; travel and colonialism.
Sex in Literature (ENGL 208N): This course examines how varieties of sexual desire, sexual activity, and cultural attitudes to sex are represented in a selection of literary works from the middle ages to the present.
Advanced Academic Writing (ENGL 209): This course will explore relationships between audience, situation, purpose, and form in academic writing in the disciplines. Students will explore the rhetorical features of knowledge creation across fields of study. They will practice situated inquiry and argumentation through a variety of research-based written exercises, including a significant research project in a field of their choice.
Genres of Creative Writing (ENGL 210C): This course introduces students to both contemporary and historical forms of creative writing. Students will explore genres of poetry, prose, and/or drama through their own writing. Students will also investigate the culture of publishing, learn key revision strategies, and workshop the writing of their peers to develop their critical abilities.
Genres of Technical Communication (ENGL 210E): This course explores writing, presentation, and design across various genres of technical communication, with a primary focus on printed and/or online computer documentation. Other assignments might include white papers, product specifications, help-desk communication, etc.
Genres of Business Communication (ENGL 210F): This courses explores the genres of communication in business and other organizations, such as reports (of several kinds), letters, email messages, marketing materials, public relations materials, and any other types of organizational communication. Offered online only.
Grant Writing (ENGL 210G): The course covers researching, organizing, drafting, and editing proposals and applications for government grants for organizations. Topics may include interviews with domain experts, working with proposal guidelines and checklists, establishing milestones and expectations, using past proposals as models, treating individual sections as separate sub-genres, and creating coherence and flow in the final draft.
Arts Writing (ENGL 210H): A study of the various forms, processes, and modes of publication of professional writing in the arts. The course will consider both free-lance writing and writing within institutional contexts. Practice in research, writing, and editing will be emphasized.
Legal Writing (ENGL 210I): A study of the principles, processes, and various forms of writing used in the practice of law and drafting of legislation. The history and structure of legal writing, including current debates about plain language, will be examined.
Technical Editing (ENGL 210J): This course will introduce students to practices and tools of technical editing, such as language and format editing, verification and fact-checking, style guide consistency, discourse appropriateness, and the use of profession-specific software.
First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literatures (ENGL 211): This course examines literary works in a variety of genres by First Nations, Metis, and Inuit authors in Canada. Students will study the literature in relation to key concepts that recur in Indigenous literary criticism such as land, teaching, and respect.
Literature and the Law (ENGL 213): A study of literary works that involve legal matters and/or have led to litigation on such grounds as obscenity, treason, heresy, libel, and plagiarism.
Canadian Children's Literature (ENGL 217): A study of 19th- and 20th-century Canadian literature for children.
Introduction to Anti-Racist Communication (ENGL 225): This course surveys the rhetorical strategies of both more recent and historical civil rights and anti-racist activists. Students will use Black rhetorical theory and will examine work by international historical figures such as Franz Fanon, Aime Cesaire, Edouard Glissant, Albert Memmi, and Mohandas Gandhi, Frederick Douglas, WEB Dubois, Martin Luther King, Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Fred Hampton, Robert Hill, and Walter Rodney and such recent figures as Kimberle Crenshaw, Robyn Maynard, Brittney Cooper, Desmond Cole, Feminista Jones, Rinaldo Walcott, and Idil Abdillahi. The objective for students is to understand the evolution of liberatory, anti-racist rhetoric and the rhetorical successes and failures of key anti-racist activists.
Prereq: One of BLKST 101, 102, 103; Level at least 2A or students pursuing the Diploma in Black Studies or the Diploma in Fundamentals of Anti-Racist Communication. Cross-listed with BLKST 203.
The Pleasure of Poetry (ENGL 230): This course is an introduction to the enjoyment of poetry: what we like about it, what makes it fun, and how we can enjoy it more. Students will have an opportunity to expand their understanding of poetry. A range of poems will be sampled, and students will have opportunities to share poems that they like.
Graphic Narrative (ENGL 232): A study of graphic narrative (such as comics, graphic novels, and alternative modes) from the eighteenth century to the present. This course addresses issues such as the history and formal conventions of the medium as well as the unique rhetoric of comics-based storytelling. Topics of interest may include graphic memoir, multimodality, cross-cultural influence, and the comics-as-literature movement.
Migration, Diaspora, and Exile in Muslim Narratives (ENGL 240R): This course examines Muslim narratives written in the diaspora, such as from North America or the United Kingdom. It investigates the diversity of Islamic culture and expression in diasporic contexts, exploring an array of experiences and issues written from various sociocultural locations
Sacred Spaces and Human Geographies in Muslim Literary Expressions (ENGL 241R): Using the Muslim dimension as a central theme, this course explores the social, cultural, and political implications to be found in a range of postcolonial literatures from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. Students investigate issues such as identities, nationalism and politics, cultural memory, and sacred space and place.
Literature, Rhetoric, and the Visual Arts (ENGL 242): This course will study literature and rhetoric in dialogue with the visual arts, including potential materials such as paintings, photography, illustrations, sculpture, monuments and memorials, installation art, multimedia and digital media. Course material will draw on a variety of literary and rhetorical genres, historical periods, and forms of visual art.
Literature, Rhetoric, and Music (ENGL 243): This course explores the cultural, historical, and aesthetic relationships between literature, rhetoric, and music. Course materials may draw on a range of historical periods and themes, as well as a variety of literary, lyrical, and musical genres. Attention will be paid to ways that literary, rhetorical, and musical arts exist in artistic dialogue.
American Literature and Popular Culture (ENGL 247): An introduction to American literary and cultural studies through the examination of selected movements, moments, topics, or figures, drawing on both literature and other media.
Literature for an Ailing Planet (ENGL 248): Can the humanities change how cultures relate to environments and the natural world? This course surveys environmental thought in works of literature and in popular culture.
Literary Theory and Criticism (ENGL 251)
What exactly are we doing when we study literature? By examining a selection of critical methods and theoretical approaches, this course will enhance understanding of the many different emphases, values, and priorities critics bring to literature, and the many available perspectives on what constitutes literature's significance. Also offered online.
Irish Literature (ENGL 260): A study of modern and contemporary Irish literature in English. This course will introduce students to a range of Irish writing in its often turbulent historical and cultural context. The international dimensions of Irish writers and their work will be explored.
Manga (ENGL 262): Manga is graphic narrative from Japan that draws on complex historical contexts, global influences, and stylistic conventions in order to create a unique storytelling medium. By studying manga texts such as Dororo, Akira, and Deathnote, students in this course will be encouraged to think critically about visual narrative, cultural values in a global marketplace, and literature as a concept.
(Cross-listed with EASIA 262R)
Fiction and Film (ENGL 275): A study of the relationships between written and cinematic narrative focussing on adaptations of fiction to film and the different narrative techniques of each medium.
Literatures of Migration (ENGL 280): This course explores the literatures and cultures of diasporic and immigrant communities in North America, such as African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American. Topics to be covered may include memory, race, hybridity, home, and belonging.
Global Shakespeare (ENGL 290): An introduction to Shakespeare's continuing influence, focusing on adaptations and appropriations of his works in various media by contemporary writers, artists, and directors around the globe.
Global Literatures (ENGL 291): How has border-crossing shaped the field of English literary studies? In this course, students will discuss works of literature from around the world that explore such themes as colonialism, migration, transnationalism, and the global.
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (ENGL 292): This course provides a survey of the multidisciplinary field of rhetorical studies. In addition to introducing key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and critical debates, this course examines the role of rhetoric in a range of academic disciplines and social contexts. Also offered online.
Introduction to Digital Media Studies (ENGL 293): A study of theories of digital media, including critical, rhetorical, and semiotic approaches, and of the interpretation and creation of digital media artifacts.
Introduction to Critical Game Studies (ENGL 294): This course introduces students to the field of humanities-based game studies. Topics may include the debate between ludological (rules-based) and narratological (story-based) approaches, procedural studies, platform and software studies, gamification, games and adaptation studies, and games as rhetorical objects.
Social Media (ENGL 295): This course surveys the popular social media landscape and charts scholarly approaches, both methodological and theoretical, to understanding and analyzing social media texts. Topics to be addressed may include memes, social networks, fan communities and texts, digital identity, and other emergent social media forms.
Special Topics in Digital Design (ENGL 303): In this course students will learn advanced digital design theory. They will participate in workshops with professional designers, develop specialized digital materials, and contribute signature work to their digital portfolio.
Designing with Digital Sound (ENGL 304): In this course students will be introduced to sound analysis and production. Students will learn to record, edit, and implement sound in a variety of linear and non-linear media forms, with emphasis on film and video games.
Old English Language and Literature (ENGL 305A): An introduction to the English language in its earliest form, and study of selected prose and poetry from pre-Conquest England in the original language, with attention to historical, cultural, and religious contexts.
The Age of Beowulf (ENGL 305B): A study of the earliest English literature in translation. The heroic epic Beowulf will be studied in depth, along with a selection of Old English poetry and prose, such as lyrics, riddles, and historical and religious writing.
Introduction to Linguistics (ENGL 306A): Introduction to linguistics and the principles of linguistic analysis through an examination of English phonology, forms, syntax, and discourse. Also offered online.
How English Grammar Works (ENGL 306B): This course analyzes English grammar structures, "grammar rules," and the reasoning behind them. The course then examines English-language change, and considers grammar in pedagogical and multicultural contexts.
The History of the English Language (ENGL 306D): This course explores the history of the English language, from Anglo-Saxon dialects ("Old English"), through the combining of Anglo-Saxon and Norman French, its evolution in medieval and early modern Britain, up to its transformation within multilingual and multicultural contexts. The course examines not only the evolving vocabulary and grammar of the language, but also its social history.
Introduction to Semiotics (ENGL 306F): A study of systems of signs, codes, and signification in language, culture, and literature.
Critical Discourse Analysis (ENGL 306G): This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of critical discourse analysis (CDA), the close study of language and its effects in social context. Students will learn to apply discourse-analytical tools to a wide range of texts, conversations, images, and other artifacts.
Race and Resistance (ENGL 308): An examination of how contemporary literary and cultural texts represent, reconfigure, and resist ideas of race. Analyzing literature, film, art, popular culture, and social movements, this course covers major debates in critical race theory and anti-racist practices.
Rhetoric, Classical to Enlightenment (ENGL 309A): A study of rhetorical theories from antiquity through the Renaissance to the 18th century, with an emphasis on how these theories reflect changing attitudes towards language, society, and the self.
Contemporary Rhetoric (ENGL 309C): An examination of contemporary rhetorical theory and its relationships to criticism, interdisciplinary studies, and digital applications. Also offered online.
Speech Writing (ENGL 309E): The analysis, writing, and editing of speeches. Analysis will focus on the reading and viewing of several famous 20th-century speeches using theories of communication. Writing and editing will focus on implementing oral/aural communication strategies.
The Discourse of Dissent (ENGL 309G): A study of the social, historical, and rhetorical dimensions of collective action. Topics may include health and welfare movements, civil rights and anti-war protests, and environmentalism.
Chaucer 1 (ENGL 310A): An introduction to the poetry and the prose translations of Geoffrey Chaucer, including his dream allegories, "Troilus and Criseyde," and related compositions.
Chaucer 2 (ENGL 310B): A study of Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".
Non-Chaucerian Middle English Literature (ENGL 310C): Non-Chaucerian English writings during the later Middle Ages; the Middle English romance, including "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"; alliterative literature, such as "Piers Plowman"; and representative examples of Middle English non-Chaucerian verse.
Early Canadian Literatures (ENGL 313): This course examines a selection of pre-1920 Canadian texts concerning first contact, imperialism, colonization, incipient nationhood, and early multi-racial immigration that participate in the ongoing invention of Canada.
Modern Canadian Literature (ENGL 315): This course focuses on the varied ways in which 20th-century writers of poetry and prose participate in the shaping of Canadian literary culture, with emphasis on the literature of the middle decades. Also offered online.
Canadian Drama (ENGL 316): This course explores traditions and experiments in Canadian drama through an analysis of Canadian plays, especially those from 1960 to the present, in their historical and theatrical contexts.
Contemporary Canadian Literature (ENGL 318): This course examines Canadian Literature written in the latter decades of the 20th century and into the 21st century. Literary works are studied in relation to relevant contemporary social, cultural and political topics, such as nationalism, indigeneity, multiculturalism and diaspora.
History and Theory of Writing and Print Media (ENGL 319): This course explores the social, political, and cultural contexts and consequences of the media technologies of writing and print (including the book) from their beginnings to the 20th century.
History and Theory of Pre-Internet Media (ENGL 320): This course explores the social, political, and cultural contexts and consequences of media technologies such as newspapers, photography and film, radio, recorded music, television and early computing.
Postcolonial Literature of the Americas (ENGL 322): This course examines postcolonial literature in English from Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean. Through study of both written and oral genres, we will discuss how language practices adapt to and are created in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Topics may include diaspora and migration, nationalism, gender, neo-colonialism, and multiculturalism.
Modern and Contemporary American Drama (ENGL 324): This course explores traditions and experiments in American drama through an analysis of American plays, especially those from the 1940s to the present, in their historical, textual, and theatrical contexts.
Austen (ENGL 325): A study of selected novels by Jane Austen, including Pride and Prejudice and Emma. Her letters and juvenilia may also be considered, as well as some of the films based on or inspired by her novels.
Language, Life, and Literature in the Caribbean (ENGL 326): This course introduces students to the ways in which language shapes and sustains various forms of cultural expressions in the Caribbean region. Students will use the creative output of storytellers, poets, DJs, and playwrights as a lens to investigate and trace the evolution of a distinctly Caribbean identity from the post-colonial period (1960s) up to the present. Students are also introduced to the social dynamics of Creole language use in the Caribbean and an exploration of the ways in which these languages are implicated in diverse cultural art forms.
Prereq: BLKST 101 or BLKST 102; Level at least 2A or students pursuing the Diploma in Black Studies or the Diploma in Fundamentals of Anti-Racist Communication. (Cross-listed with BLKST 210)
Black Diasporic Lives: 1740-190 (ENGL 327): An introduction to cultural productions of the Black diaspora pre-1900, with an emphasis on political writing, memoir, fiction, and journalism. Students will engage works from a variety of regions, situated in their historical and cultural contexts, even as connections will be drawn to later social movements.
Prereq: Level at least 2A or students pursuing the Diploma in Black Studies or the Diploma in Fundamentals of Anti-Racist Communication. (Cross-listed with BLKST 240)
Introduction to Black Canadian Writing (ENGL 328): An analysis of Black writing and cultural achievement in Canada. Theoretical and literary texts will be studied to explore how contributions from this field have helped to shape Canada from the 18th century to the present.
Prereq: Level at least 2A or students pursuing the Diploma in Black Studies or the Diploma in Fundamentals of Anti-Racist Communication. (Cross-listed with BLKST 244)
Sixteenth-Century Literature 1 (ENGL 330A): A study of short poems by such writers as Wyatt, Gascoigne, Whitney, Ralegh, Spenser, the Sidneys, Shakespeare, and Donne.
Sixteenth-Century Literature 2 (ENGL 330B): A study of selected genres, topics, and works from Tudor literature.
Topics in Creative Writing (ENGL 332): This course will focus on a selected genre, approach, creative method, or other aspect of creative writing. Please see course instructor for details.
Creative Writing 1 (ENGL 335): Designed to assist students with an interest in developing their creative writing skills in various genres, this course consists of supervised practice, discussions of craft, and peer critiques.
Creative Writing 2 (ENGL 336): This course is designed to assist advanced creative writers in developing a body of work in one or more genres by means of supervised practice, discussions of craft, and peer critiques.
[Note: Admission by portfolio review]
American Literature to 1860 (ENGL 342): A study of developments in early American Literature, possibly including Anglo-European movements such as gothicism and romanticism; captivity narratives and other colonial writings; Afro-American, Native American, and other minority traditions; sentimental and domestic fiction; and indigenous American forms such as the frontier romance, and other minority literatures.
American Literature 1860-1910 (ENGL 343): A survey of literary developments in America from the Civil War through the turn of the 20th century, including significant movements of the period such as realism, regionalism, and naturalism; the New Woman's writing and other developments in women's literatures; popular forms such as the Western; and minority literatures.
Modern American Literature (ENGL 344): A study of American Literature from the early twentieth century through the second world war, emphasizing aesthetic innovation in the modernist movement, and its aftermath in the social writings of the 1930s.
American Literature in a Global Context (ENGL 345): A study of the ways in which movements of peoples and cultures have shaped American literature. Topics may include colonialism, immigration and migration, literary influence across borders and languages, nativism and internationalism, racial and ethnic styles and exchanges. Also offered online.
American Fiction (ENGL 346): A study of four to five writers. Topics may include the evolution of narrative style, realism and anti-realism, literature and story, fiction and history, the novel and film, gender and ethnicity.
Global Asian Diasporas (ENGL 346R): This course explores the literature and culture from one or more global Asian diasporas, with particular emphasis on cultures of East Asian origin. Topics may include identity, transnationalism, imperialism, war, labour, migration, and popular culture.
American Literature Since 1945 (ENGL 347): A study of the movements of American Literature following the second world war. The course will consider the formal and cultural diversity of writing in this period, with attention to topics such as avant-garde experiment, the persistence of realism, counter-cultural politics, feminism and literature, postmodernism, and the emergence of minority writers in the mainstream.
American Poetry Since 1850 (ENGL 348): A study of poems, poets, ideas, and movements, contributing to the growth of a distinctive American poetry from Whitman and Dickinson to the 21st century. Texts will be drawn from popular and avant-garde contexts, as well as the literary mainstream.
Seventeenth-Century Literature 1 (ENGL 350A): A study of literature by such writers as Jonson, Donne, Wroth, Herbert, Bacon, Milton, Behn, and Dryden.
Seventeenth-Century Literature 2 (ENGL 350B): An intensive study of Milton's epic, Paradise Lost, in its historical and literary contexts. Also offered online.
Early Modern Worlds on Stage (ENGL 361): This course explores plays from the English Renaissance in their historical and theatrical contexts. Topics may include playhouses and staging, censorship, and collaboration.
Shakespeare 1 (ENGL 362): A study of the plays written before 1599-1600, excluding Julius Caesar. Also offered online.
Shakespeare 2 (ENGL 363): A study of the plays written after 1599-1600, including Julius Caesar. Also offered online.
Shakespeare in Performance at The Stratford Festival (ENGL 364): An historical, theoretical, and analytical introduction to Shakespeare's plays in performance, both on stage and screen, this course focuses on specific problems and decisive issues of past productions and of those in the current Stratford Festival season.
[Note: This course will be taught on location at Stratford, Ontario. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Stratford to attend the course meetings and the Stratford plays on the course schedule.]
Selected Studies (ENGL 365): Designed to provide an in-depth study of problems and/or authors selected by the instructor. Students interested in initiating such courses are encouraged to do so by bringing their ideas to the attention of individual instructors.
Selected Studies (ENGL 366): Designed to provide a study in-depth of problems and/or authors selected by the instructor. Students interested in initiating such courses are encouraged to do so by bringing their ideas to the attention of individual instructors.
Voice and Text at the Stratford Festival (ENGL 367): Taught by faculty and Stratford Festival coaches, this practical course invites students to explore acting techniques and exercises to develop their stage voice with a particular focus on Shakespeare's plays. This is a block course that meets in Stratford for two weeks in May, and may be taken with ENGL 364, as the two courses are offered at complementary times. The course is offered as part of a consortium with faculty from five universities. Students are required to arrange their own transportation to Stratford.
Editing Literary Works (ENGL 371): Investigating scholarly, educational, popular, and electronic editions, this course explores the theory and practice of editing literary texts.
Writing Anti-Racism (ENGL 373): In this course students will be introduced to counterstory as research method, genre, and organizing rhetoric within anti-racist movements. Students will examine counterstory in the context of Critical Race Theory and read classic counterstories by figures such as Derrick Bell, Patricia Williams, Richard Delgado, Bryan Brayboy, Tomson Highway, and Lee Maracle. Course activities will challenge students to assess and assert the value and truth of the Black lived experience, Black epistemologies, and Black knowledge production, including that of Black Canadians and their Indigenous and Allies of Colour. Students will write, workshop, revise, and publish their own actionable anti-racist commitments.
Prereq: One of BLKST 101, BLKST 102, BLKST 103, BLKST 203; Level at least 2A or students pursuing the Diploma in Black Studies or the Diploma in Fundamentals of Anti-Racist Communication. (Cross-listed with BLKST 308)
Topics in Black Language and Linguistics (ENGL 375): This course focuses on the formal linguistic, sociolinguistic, and communicative aspects of either a single Black language or a combination of Black languages or language varieties spoken within the contemporary African diaspora, e.g., in Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, or the United States. Attention will be given to the ways in which Black language has developed, how it is deployed by speakers and writers, and attitudes and debates about Black language use in culture, education, and society.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of three times.]
Prereq: One of BLKST 101, 102, 103; Level at least 2A or students pursuing the Diploma in Black Studies or the Diploma in Fundamentals of Anti-Racist Communication. (Cross-listed with BLKST 310)
Professional Communications in Statistics and Actuarial Science (ENGL 378): This course introduces students to oral and written communication in the fields of statistics and actuarial science. With emphasis on the public presentation of technical knowledge, the ability to give and receive constructive feedback, and communication in a collaborative environment, this course helps students develop proficiencies in critical workplace skills. This course is writing intensive and includes extensive collaborative assignments.
Information Design (ENGL 392A): The theory and practice of design for print and digital media, including the study of design concepts such as space, colour, typography, interactivity, immersion, motion, and presence. Students produce designs using professional software tools.
Visual Rhetoric (ENGL 392B): This course introduces students to the study of images from a rhetorical perspective, including the interaction of texts and images in such professional writing fields as advertising, book illustration, technical documentation, journalism, and public relations. Issues may include visual and textual literacy, the semiotics and rhetoric of design, and the ideological basis of social communication.
Digital Design Research Project (ENGL 403): Students work in small groups under the supervision of a faculty researcher on an ongoing, large-scale, digital design project.
African American Rhetoric (ENGL 405): This course examines the artistic, cultural, political, and disciplinary histories of African American rhetoric, discourse, and persuasion. Students will study various genealogies of African American rhetoric through primary texts such as dialogues, essays, folklore, music, song lyrics, dance, interviews, news stories, raps, videos, and speeches by African Americans. Special attention will be given to the economic, gendered, and social conditions of African Americans from the enslavement period in North America to the present, as well as to the Black diaspora.
Prereq: One of BLKST 101, BLKST 102, BLKST 103; Level at least 3A or students pursuing the Diploma in Black Studies or the Diploma in Fundamentals of Anti-Racist Communication. (Cross-listed with BLKST 410)
Advanced Rhetorical Study (ENGL 406): Topics may include communication, media, politics, science, and social movements. Students will explore the topic(s) in depth using a variety of rhetorical theories and methods.
Language and Politics (ENGL 407): This course explores how language shapes and is shaped by the unequal distribution of power in modern societies. The role of language will be considered in, for example, the maintenance of sexual difference, the establishment and maintenance of national identity, and the conflict between social classes. The reading will consist of literary and theoretical texts, the latter including such writers as Bourdieu, Bakhtin, Foucault, Cameron, Lakoff, Ngugi wa Thion'go, and Paulin.
Writing for the Media (ENGL 408A): This course examines the genres and strategies of both journalism and public relations. With a strong orientation towards rhetorical and linguistic theories, this course will cover audience concerns from both within and outside organizations.
The Discourse of Advertising (ENGL 408B): This course introduces students to writing and editing advertising copy. Students will also be introduced to models of discourse and rhetorical analysis of advertising texts. Assignments include creating a portfolio of advertising copy and an extensive analysis of sample advertising discourse.
The Rhetoric of Digital Design: Theory and Practice (ENGL 408C): Students apply a variety of analytic perspectives - design discourse, multimodal discourse, rhetorical theory, social semiotics - to the design and production of a major digital project (or compilation of projects) using professional software and hardware tools.
Rhetoric of Argumentation (ENGL 409A): This course studies the discursive, social, and rhetorical principles of argumentation, including topics such as evidence, reasoning, and the organization and presentation of arguments. Scholars studied may include Richard Whatley, Jurgen Habermas, Stephen Toulmin, Chaim Perelman, Lucie Olbrecht-Tyteca, Kenneth Burke, and Pierre Bourdieu.
Eighteenth-Century Women Writers (ENGL 410): A selection of writing by women such as Behn, Finch, Montagu, Fielding, Edgeworth, and Austen. Topics may include the culture of sensibility, romance and the gothic, and the interaction of women's writing with discourses of race and colonialism.
Eighteenth-Century Literature: Sex, Satire, and Sentiment (ENGL 411): A selection of writing embracing the themes of sex, satire, and sentiment that characterize the Restoration and 18th century. Authors may include Behn, Swift, Finch, Pope, Defoe, and Radcliffe.
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Media (ENGL 412): A study of oral, printed, and popular media and literature (such as ballads, fiction, and newspapers) in the Restoration and 18th century. Topics may include the role of women in the rise of print culture, the social role of popular print forms, and the literary reception of new media technologies.
Transnational Feminisms and Contemporary Narratives (ENGL 425): This course examines the dialogue between transnational feminist theories and literary practices. Drawing on a range of literary and media genres from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, this course considers the historical developments, as well as contemporary contexts (e.g., migration, globalization), that gave rise to the framework of transnational feminism and its negotiations with Anglo-American and European feminist literary theories.
Literature of the Romantic Period 1 (ENGL 430A): An examination of the first generation of Romantic writers, including such authors as Barbauld, Blake, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, and Coleridge.
Literature of the Romantic Period 2 (ENGL 430B): An examination of the second generation of Romantic writers, including such authors as Byron, P. B. Shelley, Mary Shelley, Keats, and Hemans.
Literature of the Victorian Age 1 (ENGL 451A): A critical study of early to mid-Victorian literature, including authors such as Carlyle, Arnold, Tennyson, the Brontës, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Gaskell, Ruskin, and Dickens. Topics may include liberty, work, gender, class, imperialism, and poetry.
Literature of the Victorian Age 2 (ENGL 451B): A critical study of mid to late Victorian literature, including authors such as Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, George Eliot, Newman, Hopkins, Michael Field, Wilde, and Hardy. Topics may include the "Woman Question," the crisis in religious faith, and aestheticism.
Early Literature of the Modernist Period in the United Kingdom and Ireland (ENGL 460A): A study of the literatures of the United Kingdom before and after World War I, including such writers as Conrad, Forster, Hopkins, Mansfield, Shaw, Synge, Wilde, and Yeats.
Literature of the Modernist Period in the United Kingdom and Ireland (ENGL 460B): A study of the literatures of the United Kingdom and Ireland from World War I to World War II, including such writers as Auden, Eliot, Isherwood, Joyce, Lawrence, Orwell, West, and Woolf.
Literature of the Postwar Period in the United Kingdom and Ireland (ENGL 460C): A study of the literatures of the United Kingdom and Ireland after World War II, including such writers as Beckett, Greene, Larkin, Murdoch, Osborne, Pinter, and Spark.
Contemporary Literature of the United Kingdom and Ireland (ENGL 460D): A study of the contemporary literatures of the United Kingdom and Ireland, including such writers as Byatt, Boland, Drabble, Heaney, Hughes, Rushdie, and Stoppard.
Postcolonial Literatures (ENGL 463): This course examines postcolonial literature (fiction, poetry, and drama) from Africa, Australia, Britain, India, New Zealand, and Pakistan. Topics may include the range of creative forms and language use in texts; indigeneity and migration; intersections of gender, sexuality and race; and resistance, nationalism, and history.
Contemporary Critical Theory (ENGL 470A): Contemporary critical theory offers an array of competing constructions of text and culture. This course examines several topics in recent critical theory, such as gender, race, subjectivity, textuality, and popular culture.
History of Literary Criticism (ENGL 470B): A historical survey of major critical texts and movements from the Greek and Roman classics to the New Criticism of the mid-20th century, examining different critical theories and practices in a context of cultural changes.
Literary Studies in Digital Forms (ENGL 470C): A critical examination of literary publication, research, and criticism in digital forms.
Adapting Literary Works (ENGL 471): Focusing on modern and contemporary adaptation of works of literature in English, this course examines the problems, possibilities, and principles of representing such works in other literary forms and in other media.
Research Methods in Technical Communication (ENGL 472): This course teaches students the practice and theory of research methods in the field of technical and professional communication. Topics may include resource validity and renewal cycles, data-gathering techniques and analytics, interview techniques for subject-matter experts, rapid research skills, and user-experience design.
Topics in the History and Theory of Language (ENGL 481): A special study of a selected topic in the history and theory of language.
Topics in Literatures Medieval to Romantic (ENGL 484): A special study of a selected topic, author, genre, or period in Medieval to Romantic literatures.
Topics in Literatures Romantic to Modern (ENGL 485): A special study of a selected topic, author, genre, or period in Romantic to Modern literatures.
Topics in Literatures Modern to Contemporary (ENGL 486): A special study of a selected topic, author, genre, or period in Modern to Contemporary literatures.
Topics in Literature and Rhetoric (ENGL 491): A special study of a selected topic in literature and rhetoric.
Topics in the History and Theory of Rhetoric (ENGL 492): A special study of a selected topic in the history and theory of rhetoric.
Topics in Professional Writing and Communication Design (ENGL 493): A special study of a selected topic in professional writing and communication design.
Topics in Forms of Media and Critical Analysis (ENGL 494): A special study of a selected topic in forms of media and critical analysis.
Supervision of Honours Essay (ENGL 495A): Senior Honours Essay will be completed under supervision.
Supervision of Honours Essay (ENGL 495B): Senior Honours Essay will be completed under supervision