EAC150 (College English) is a prerequisite for all English Literature courses.
The Journal examines the use of journals as psychological, sociological, and historical documents, and as tools for self-expression and creativity. The course focusses on three types of journals. Students will be given the option of keeping a journal of their own and will practise journal-writing techniques throughout the term, using various forms of writing such as notes, observations, drafts, dream analysis, or dialogues, among others. We will also observe how these forms of writing are used by published writers. In addition, students will read non-fiction journals and discuss elements common to them, determining how journal writers have made use of the form in ways that can benefit students' work-oriented or academic writing.
This course considers the relationship between literature (fiction/non-fiction) and film by exploring how meaning and/or messages are conveyed in film and literary narratives and by analyzing the changes that occur in the conversion from one medium to another. A wide range of literary texts and their film versions will be offered for analysis in order to investigate how literary texts are retold in adaptations, remakes, and updates.
The short story is not simply a story that happens to be short. This course explores the evolution and the unique qualities of this genre, along with its literary extensions, the novella and the short story cycle. In the process, you will read a variety of nineteenth and twentieth century works by international authors.
This course uses novels, short stories, and/or film to focus on the theme of love in its many literary faces, including stable, unrequited, obsessive, destructive, narcissistic, religious, and lawful love. Other loves - love of country; love of memory; love of art; love of sports - may also be included in the explorations of this complex emotion.
Science fiction addresses key concerns that are not restricted to the imaginative worlds depicted in fiction; rather, science fiction uses alien settings, strange worlds, alternate timelines, or virtual environments as a way of exploring contemporary issues. Over the course of exploring the various issues contained in these fictions, the various movements of science fiction will be explored to provide a broader sense of the genre's development from its earliest to its most current forms; in addition, terminology will be introduced so, by the end of the course, students will have a broader understanding of science fiction's historical and thematic terrain.
The most successful book in Western civilization is the Holy Bible; yet, this course will not be about validating the Bible as a divine document nor invalidating religious belief systems. The Bible as Literature recognizes the Bible is an anthology whose books have been assembled by anonymous human agents writing from very specific moments in history, translated and mistranslated for hundreds of years and from a variety of different languages, and subsequently canonized over many centuries. While such historical conditions form the backbone of the literary production of the Bible, we will be exploring the Bible as a literary form, focusing chiefly on symbolism, allegory, metaphor, characterization, use of language, etc.
This course aims to introduce students to various texts and sources in Children's Literature, and to give students the opportunity to discuss the many genres, issues, and theories that pervade the field. Students will also, gain practice using various critical literary elements to analyze literature for children.
Classical myths and legends is a course abounding in fantasy and reality. It delivers legendary classical tales of human passion, human folly, and human dilemma. With celebrated epics, tragedies, and comedies, we journey into timeless problems of love, hate, war, sin, tyranny, courage and fate. We steal a rare look at how the gods dispense their magical powers; we invade a fascinating classical wonderland.
Our preparation of food -- and in large part, our attitude to food -- play a significant part in the preservation of our sense of cultural identity. From its selection to its consumption, food also shapes and reflects how we relate to others and the world around us. This course will use literature (novels, short stories), film, and other media to examine the symbolism of food to the diversity of human experience, including its personal significance.
Comics are more energetic, more vital than novels - Alan Moore. This course examines the vitality and energy of comics (comic strips; comic books; graphic novels), demonstrating how they no longer appeal to nerds but, instead, have become one of the most significant art forms for our time period. Join us and gain an appreciation of this ever-expanding genre as we explore the amazing stories in 'comics,' follow its evolution as an art form, and are awed by the wondrous interaction of visual and written content - the visual words.
EAC149 or equivalent
This course is designed especially for students with imagination who are interested in writing stories, tales, poetry, impressions, skits, or other types of fiction. Examples of your own creative writing are shared during in-class readings. Where helpful, the works of published authors are examined. You are encouraged to undertake longer fictional forms, such as novels, or critical writing in social and literary areas.
Is our reality manipulated, distorted, or balanced? What role do corporations, activists, governments, and the media play in shaping our reality? This course explores the competing forces that may manipulate our reality through the media. As a result, participants will become informed consumers of media information.
Literature is an essential element in Canadian culture, and our national literary traditions come from many different places and peoples. This course includes works from ethnic majority and minority writers, regional specialists and contemporary urban authors - all with different perspectives on this country we call home
Women's voices are a relevant force in literature. By reading, analyzing, and writing about the dominant concerns of female authors, students will explore gender issues and cultural values.
Censorship, or the act of restricting material deemed unsuitable for public consumption, has existed throughout history. This course will examine the concept of censorship, its history, and its application in current issues. Students will be exposed to controversial materials and immersed in the discourse of censorship in order to gain an understanding of who controls knowledge, why and to what effect.
This course will introduce the emerging paradigm of consciousness and being through examination of some key concepts including the meaning of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, mysticism, meditation, healing and spiritual (not necessarily religious) growth. The encounter with the mystical awakens an inner yearning for deeper contact with our own being and a richer understanding of what it means to be human. In turn, this awakens compassion for others and an appreciation for the human condition as we find it in the world, and a desire to be of service to humanity. This course will present many intriguing and fascinating aspects of our search for higher truth and meaning.
"What am I doing here?" was the late travel writer Bruce Chatwin's guiding question. Travel writing, as a literary genre, introduces you to stories from around the world and from across time; from narratives imagined to narratives actually experienced. The notion of "journey" differs according to who is travelling, to whom the travellers are speaking, where they are travelling, when they are travelling, how they are travelling, and with whom they are travelling and so context informs the way travel literature affects and shapes its audiences.
This course will examine the works of several contemporary Chinese authors whose literary works provide insight into recent social and political changes in modern China. It will include the work of Chinese authors living abroad. This vital and energetic literature looks at issues such as the west and pre-and post-revolutionary China. Readings will include short stories and short novels.
This course focuses on different types of contemporary fantasy, primarily through short stories and novels, but also through other popular culture media like art, gaming, television and film. Students examine this genre's characteristic elements and strategies, from entertainment to moral, social and psychological allegories within the course narratives.
A criminal is, by definition, of "the nature of or involving a crime; more generally, of the nature of a grave offence, wicked" (OED). Is being a criminal really this straightforward? Or is a "grave offence" or "wicked" behaviour a bit more complicated? This course will use fiction to explore "criminal intent" from different angles, including the criminal world, law and order, and the grey territories that lie between good and evil.
Illness and Health in Modern Writing What does it mean to be "healthy" or "sick"? Is it the same for everyone? This course explores the meaning of health and illness as it is presented in different forms of literature. By reading novels, short stories, and non-fiction accounts, students will examine how our culture defines both physical and mental health, as well as our reactions to people who suffer from disease or ill health. The course will also consider the spectrum from illness to health and how "healing" operates even when there may be no change in physical condition.
The undead frighten us, fascinate us, and haunt our collective imagination. They have been shadowing us from fictions' earliest beginnings, revealing a lot about who we think we are, what we think we believe, and how we react when the boundary between "life" and "death" is arbitrary. This course explores the undead in fiction, possibly including vampires, golems, zombies, mutants, and other monstrous bodies. This course may contain material that is explicit and/or offensive.
This course draws from literature, film and art to explore the Holocaust and the ways in which the arts help to understand and interpret its many extreme experiences. Some of the major themes to be examined include psychological and spiritual survival, pre-war culture and victim responses during and after the war.
EAC149 or equivalent
What is, and is not, part of "nature"? How have people related to nature at different points in history? In what ways has human development impacted the natural world? This course is designed to help students better understand the environment, environmental concerns and our relationship to the natural world. In addition, students discuss topics such as the living environment, environmental pollution, eco-disasters, biological sustainability and social responsibility.
This course examines the literature of addiction from yearning to obsession and finally compulsion. Students explore texts written about and by addicts and their addictions, and analyze themes such as escape, desire, emptiness, and need, which form a crucial part of many literary periods, particularly in contemporary literature.
Combining the study of print-based fiction and digital games, students explore how "interactive narrative" experiences are redefining our understanding of storytelling. Students explore literary elements in games and how they converge or diverge from literature.
Literature of sports studies the relationship between sports and life as reflected through fiction, non-fiction poetry, drama, and essays. Using sports as the framework, students explore the "human condition", examining recurring themes such as sexism, racism, violence, body-image, heroism/hero worship and corruption that dominate the genre.
Wars have changed since the early 20th century - and so has the literature of war. The study of pre and post conflict literature takes these changes seriously and provides us with insight about how literature shapes our understanding of the world before and after conflict.
This course focuses on the Star Wars legacy not only as a mythological saga, but also as a cultural phenomenon that has become universally embraced. Students are immersed in journeys that play out parallel narratives of good and evil, explore themes related to real-world issues and examine how collective identity (national, ethnic, gender, etc.) is transformed by advanced technologies.