Popular English Courses

ENGL 2215:
Young Shakespeare

Judging from the extraordinary proliferation of Shakespeare movies, we continue to see in his plays the form and pressure of our own historical moment. But when we hold the mirror up to Shakespeare, what can we see in it besides our own image?
ENGL 2005: World Literature Now more than ever before, human beings are on the move: refugees, immigrants, slaves, illegal aliens, migrant workers, displaced persons, global citizens. Some leave home because they want to; others leave to save or to better their lives. This class looks at a wide range of (mostly) twentieth- and twenty-first century literary works whose central questions have been formed by the experiences of alienation or displacement.
ENGL 3026: Romantic Radicals
This class traces the dynamics of this interaction through the first part of this period, which produced revolutionary visions of Blake and Coleridge, the radical ballads of Burns, Wordsworh and Thelwall, and the passionate reason of Wollstonecraft and Robinson, as well as voices from the streets, the prisons and the margins of empire, calling for freedom and equality in representation, whether literary or political.
ENGL 3270: Contemporary Canadian Literature Over the last few decades, the forces of globalization, migration, technological development, terrorism, and environmental degradation have made us all more aware of the extent to which questions of national interest transcend national borders. As such, this class will begin its consideration of contemporary Canadian literature by exploring the theme of border crossing.
ENGL 4205: Women and Detective Fiction
At least since Irene Adler beat Sherlock Holmes at his own game, women have had a complicated relationship with both detectives and detective fiction. In this course we will read a sampling of mystery writing by women featuring female investigators, paying particular attention to the different things our readings suggest about women’s relationships to crime, law, justice, morality, knowledge, and power.
ENGL 4619:  Marginalized Middle Ages This seminar course will explore representations of marginal groups and figures in the Middle Ages. Our approach will be to consider the ways in which both ‘literary’ and ‘non-literary’ texts use rhetorical techniques to construct and situate the ‘Other’. We will therefore analyze a variety of texts and discourses: legal texts, religious writing, fiction, poetry, chronicles, letters, etc.