For a general description of courses offered in English, see the Academic Calendar.
Please note: Not all courses are offered every year.

Courses Planned for 2017-2018 

Fall 2017 Term 

1201A-E Introduction to Principles of Literary Analysis, TBA
1501A Introduction to Poetry, Dr. J. Rogers
1701A Introduction to Drama, Dr. G. Nichols

1801A Introduction to Prose Fiction, Dr. T. Craig
1991A Science Fiction, Mr. B. Simkulet
2201A Literary Periods to 1800, Dr. R. Lapp
2211A Introduction to Shakespeare, Dr. K. Bamford
2801A Introduction to Canadian Literature, Dr. A. Beverley
3361A Literature and the English Revolution, Dr. K. Bamford
3421A Literature in the Age of Enlightenment, Dr. R. Lapp
3481A Early Victorian Literature, Dr. R. Lapp
3621A Reading Film, Dr. P. Brown
3721A American Literature Civil War to Present, Dr. P. Brown
3771A Caribbean Literature, Dr. T. Craig
3850FA Creative Writing, Dr. D. Wills
3871A Contemporary Literary Theory I, Dr. D. Wills
4221A Selected Topics,  Dr. J. Rogers
Course Description in Progress: subject to change before September 2017
This course will explore the connections between material objects and medieval literature in English. We will consider varieties of material culture in the Middle Ages, including manuscript culture, architecture, relics and sacred objects, clothing and jewelry, instruments and technology, and the natural world. Material culture will be discussed in relation to language and literature: both the ways in which the material world is represented in texts, and the ways in which texts inhabit the material realm. The readings will be based heavily on later medieval literature, especially the 14 th  and 15 th  centuries, with several readings by Chaucer. These later medieval texts will be read in the original Middle English. Earlier texts in Anglo-Saxon and in less accessible Middle English dialects will also be read, along with some texts in Latin: all these will be read in translation. Students are expected to have already read   Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the "General Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales  before the start of the course.

It is likely (hopeful) that this course will include a field trip to Halifax on Friday Sept 22 and Saturday September 23th: this will be to see a medieval manuscript, and to attend the Atlantic Medievalist Association Annual Conference, which is designated this year to the topic of medieval material culture. This field trip is considered mandatory: please reserve these days in your calendar. More information will be available during the summer. It is possible that that students will need to make a modest financial contribution toward this trip, but this will be offset against the normal costs of course books, which will be minimized in return. Altogether the course materials - including texts and the trip - will not exceed $100.

Tentative list of texts (very much subject to change, and to be expanded after Dr. Rogers returns form sabbatical!)
Abbot Suger, on St. Denis
Selections from Isidore of Seville, Etymologies
Exeter Book elegies and riddles
Selections from medieval bestiaries
Chaucer, "The House of Fame," "The Treatise on the Astolabe," and selections from The Canterbury Tales
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Floure and the Leafe
 


Winter 2018 Term  
 

1111A Literature, the Arts and Humanities, Dr. R. Lapp
1201G Introduction to Principles of Literary Analysis, B. Simkulet
1701B Introduction to Drama, Dr. G. Nichols
1801B Introduction to Prose Fiction, B. Simkulet
2301A Literary Periods, 1800 - Present - Dr. G. Miller
2701A Intro to American Literature - Dr. P. Brown
3011A Survey of Medieval - Dr. J. Rogers
3211A Advanced Studies in Shakespeare, Dr. K. Bamford
3491A Late Victorian Literature, Dr. R. Lapp
3511A Early 20th Century British Literature, Dr. P. Brown
3611A Drama, Theatre, and Society, Dr. G. Nichols
3651A Literature by Women to the 20th  Century, Dr. K. Bamford
3811A Canadian Modernism, Dr. T. Craig
3850WA Creative Writing, Dr. D. Wills
3881A Contemporary Literary Theory II, Dr. D. Wills
3951A Literature and the Natural World, Dr. J. Rogers
Course Description in Progress: subject to change before September 2017

Course Description:  This course considers the long tradition in English literature of writing about the natural world from the Anglo-Saxon era to the 20 th  century. Beginning with the early middle ages, we will examine how nature is presented in the Old English tradition, which connects the natural world to the human mind. Moving into the later middle ages, the course will explore how readers and writers construct nature as part of the creative and intellectual life of the literary world: romances, dream visions and allegorical texts such as bestiaries will form the basis of these interpretations. In the early modern era new literary modes, such as the country house poem, explore the connection between nature, the built environment, and the creative mind. We will also consider how the rise of the empirical science from the 16th to the 18th centuries fundamentally changed our understanding of nature, and from that, our understanding of literature's engagement with nature. Finishing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we will discuss the impact of technological process on our view of nature, and will also consider the impact of scientific certain theories, especially evolutionary theory, on our understanding of nature as a literary subject. We will end with an exploration of literary engagements with the topics of climate change and environmentalism in the late 20th century. 
4941A Global Indigenous Literatures in English, Dr. T. Craig
Course Description:  This course examines the resurgence of colonized indigenous peoples in the old British Empire, as voiced in their literatures. Examples are taken from India, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and North America, and are set against postcolonial theorizing of race, class, and gender.