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  1. Although the Department of English provides advisors to help students choose their programs, arrange their courses and conform with the University, Faculty, and Department regulations, students are urged to study the Calendar very carefully because they are themselves responsible for failure to abide by these regulations.
  2. Courses normally meet three hours per week; however, each instructor determines the pattern of meetings for her/his courses.
  3. In all English courses, emphasis will be placed on student essays written in connection with the reading.
  4. Information on availability of courses in this section is accurate at the time of publication. Sometimes, however, course offerings must be altered because of budget restraints or availability of faculty. For precise information on course offerings, students should check with the English Department.
  5. Enrolment in certain English courses which are in heavy demand and which are program requirements for English students may be subject to priority enrolment restrictions. While all English courses may be affected, those most likely to be subject to enrolment restrictions will include ENGL 200A/B, 209, 210C, 210E, 210F, 219, 251A/B, 306A-F, 309A-E, 343, and 344. Because of its place in the Applied Studies requirements, ENGL 109 may also on occasion be subject to registration restrictions.

Most courses are also taught at St. Jerome's College.

'R' courses are administered by Renison College.


English - Group One


  1. Courses in this group count towards a degree as electives in any program in the University. Normally, none of them qualifies as a major credit for a General or Honours program in English. These courses are primarily designed to make students aware of the different functions of language in various contexts and to assist them to improve their writing.
  2. ENGL 109 Introduction to Academic Writing
  3. ENGL 129R Introduction to Written English
  4. ENGL 140R The Use of English 1
  5. ENGL 141R The Use of English 2
  6. ENGL 240R Form and Function 1
  7. ENGL 241R Form and Function 2
  8. Students completing any of ENGL 109, 140R, 141R with at least a B average may petition the English Department (through the Undergraduate Officer) to accept these courses for English major credit. This option became effective as of the Fall term 1984 and may not be applied retroactively.

ENGL 109 F,W,S 0.5
Introduction to Academic Writing
The course will explore a variety of issues in academic writing such as style, argument, and the presentation of information. Frequent written exercises will be required.
Antireq: ENGL 129R
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 129R F,W 3C,3T 0.5
Introduction to Written English
Instruction provided in basic grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, elements of composition and essay writing including focus on theme, development of central idea, exposition and argumentation. Minimum of four hours of instruction each week with additional tutorial hours as required.
Prereq: Open only to students whose maternal language is not English and who lack language mastery sufficient for admission to other introductory English language courses
Antireq: ENGL 109
Offered at Renison College

ENGL 140R F,W 3C 0.5
The Use of English 1
The use and abuse of spoken and written English. The study and evaluation of language as it is used for various purposes (e.g., colloquial, scientific, legal, political, commercial, journalistic, literary) in order to increase critical awareness and to help students to write clearly and effectively.
Offered at Renison College

ENGL 141R W 3C 0.5
The Use of English 2
A continuation of ENGL 140R. The study of factual, emotive, scientific and imaginative writing; relevance, context, meaning, tone, feeling, and intention.
Prereq: ENGL 140R
Offered at Renison College


English - Group Two

Note: Courses in this group carry degree credit and may be counted as fulfilling the minimum requirements for a General or Honours program in English.

ENGL 102A F 3C 0.5
The Major Forms of Literature: Short Stories and Drama
A study of short stories and drama to determine how the shape of a literary work contributes to its meaning.
Also offered at Renison College

ENGL 102B W 3C 0.5
The Major Forms of Literature: Novels and Poetry
A study of novels and poetry to determine how the shape of a literary work contributes to its meaning.
Also offered at Renison College

ENGL 103A F 0.5
The Nature and Structure of the English Language
Introduction to the study of the English language. Topics to be discussed include the nature and origin of language, the structure of English and its development, and the relations between language and reality.

ENGL 103B W 0.5
Varieties of English
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.
Prereq: ENGL 103A or consent of instructor

ENGL 105A F,W,S 0.5
20th-Century Literature in English, 1900-45
A close examination of a representative selection of works by major authors writing in English such as Yeats, Woolf, Lawrence, Eliot, Hemingway, and Faulkner.

ENGL 105B W 0.5
20th-Century Literature in English, 1945-Present
A continuation of ENGL 105A. A close examination of a representative selection of works by major authors writing in English such as Thomas, Bellow, Laurence, and Atwood.
Prereq: ENGL 105A or consent of instructor

ENGL 107 F 0.5
Introduction to Canadian Literature
A survey of major developments in Canadian literature in English from its beginnings to the present.

ENGL 108E F,W 0.5
Women in Literature
A study of the nature and role of women in British, Canadian, and American literature. Works by both men and women will be studied in which women are seen in such forms as mothers, saints, sex objects, and witches.

ENGL 108F F,W 0.5
The Rebel
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.

ENGL 108H F,W 0.5
Isolation and Alienation
The study of a variety of works centering on the theme of individuals in crisis, the stress being on people at variance with their inner selves, other persons, or their world. The course will discuss the process in which wisdom and maturity are gained as the ultimate products of suffering.

ENGL 108M F,W 0.5
Youth and Adolescence
Studies the portrayal of young protagonists as they respond to the mores of adult society; their own physical, mental, and psychological development; and the expectations placed upon them by themselves and by others.

ENGL 190 F 0.5
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.
No previous work in Shakespeare is required.


ENGL 200A F 0.5
Survey of British Literature 1
An historical survey of major figures, types, and trends in British literature from the Middle Ages to the late 18th century.
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 200B W,S 0.5
Survey of British Literature 2
An historical survey of major figures, types, and trends in British literature from the late 18th century to the present.
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 201 F,W,S 0.5
The Short Story
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.

ENGL 205R F 3C 0.5
The Canadian Short Story
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.
Offered at Renison College

ENGL 208A F,W 0.5
Forms of Fantasy
This course will deal with the history and forms of fantasy written for adults. In considering the genre, related forms like the romance, the fairy tale, the fable, and the gothic horror story will be discussed. Authors such as Morris, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Williams, and White will be studied.

ENGL 208B F 0.5
Science Fiction
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.

ENGL 208C F,W,S 0.5
Studies in Children's Literature
This course will deal with classic works of children's literature, including fantasy written primarily for children. Selections from such authors as Kipling, Woolf, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Kenneth Grahame, and Thurber will be studied.

ENGL 208E F 0.5
Women Writers of the 20th Century
A study of such major 20th-century writers as Woolf, Hellman, Murdoch, McCarthy, Lessing, Laurence, Plath, and Atwood. Emphasis will be on the concerns of these writers with the roles of women, the writer's search for new meanings, and their innovations in literary forms.

ENGL 208H F,W 0.5
Arthurian Legend
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.

ENGL 208L W 0.5
Colonialism and Imperialism in Literature
A study of texts in English about race, colonialism, and imperialism. Emphasis may be placed on the analysis of discursive elements, including narrative forms, imaginative geography, rhetorical strategies, and issues of gender, race, and sexuality. Writers may include Shakespeare, Behn, Conrad, X, Morrison, Kogawa, and Highway.

ENGL 209 F 0.5
Writing Strategies
Students practise effective writing along with the study of established models. The goal is to develop language competence to meet a variety of academic, business, and professional situations.
Prereq: Second-year standing or above, or successful completion of ENGL 109
Counts as an English Major credit as of Fall 1984
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 210C F,W,S 0.5
Report Writing
A study in the principles and practice of good report writing including report language and styles and various forms of report organization - various kinds of short reports as well as the long formal research report.
Prereq: Second-year standing or above
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 210E F 0.5
Technical Writing
A study of the principles, processes and products which constitute technical writing. This course provides an introduction to techniques of audience analysis and principles of document design as well as experience in the process of creating technical documents. Writing practice will be provided in the many roles of the technical writer - from researcher to editor.
Prereq: Second-year standing or above
Not open to students who have taken ENGL 210A in 1992 or earlier
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 210F S 0.5
Business Writing
This course examines business communication from a rhetorical perspective. Various forms and processes of business communication will be studied with an emphasis on producing rhetorically effective business writing.
Prereq: Second-year standing or above
Not open to students who have taken ENGL 210A in 1992 or earlier
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 214 F 0.5
Themes in Canadian Literature
The course will survey a theme which is significant to the understanding of the Canadian literary mind. Topics will vary from section to section.

ENGL 219 S 0.5
Contemporary Usage
An in-depth, applied study of the conventions governing contemporary English grammar, punctuation, syntax, diction, spelling, and sentence structure. In addition, the course will examine variations and changes in conventions; the question of the determiners of correct usage; and the impact of dictionaries, textbooks, journals, large publishing houses, and international wire services on accepted English usage in general and on Canadian usage in particular.
Prereq: Second-year standing or above
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 251A F 0.5
Literary Criticism: Practice
Close reading of poetry and narrative; acquisition of critical vocabulary and terminology. Three to five written assignments.
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 251B W,S 0.5
Literary Criticism: Theory
Introduction to classical and contemporary theoretical approaches to literature; literary emphasis on drama. Three to five written assignments.
Prereq: ENGL 251A
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 292 F 0.5
Contemporary Issues in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
The course inductively defines the fields of Rhetoric and Professional Writing through an exploration of contemporary issues in language, writing, and rhetoric, as those issues are identified and dealt with, in the pertinent scholarly and professional journals, by current researchers and their work.
Prereq: Enrolment limited to RPW students


ENGL 305A F 0.5
Old English 1
An introduction to the English language in its earliest form and to English prose in pre-Conquest England, examining Old English prose style, its principal practitioners, and their world view.

ENGL 305B W 0.5
Old English 2
An introduction to Old English poetry, noting in representative Old English poems those things about its purpose, style, and its audience which make it unique but which also provide the beginnings of the English poetic tradition.
Prereq: ENGL 305A

English Language and Linguistics
A study of basic linguistic principles and concepts, historical and formal.
(Formerly ENGL 373 and 375)

ENGL 306A F,W,S 0.5
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to linguistics and the principles of linguistic analysis through an examination of English phonology, forms, syntax, and discourse.
(Formerly ENGL 375A)
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 306B W 0.5
Modern English Grammar
Introduction to modern English grammar and structure - its meaningful forms and syntax. Several methods of analysis will be employed and evaluated, including the traditional, structural, transformational-generative, and functional.
Prereq: ENGL 306A

ENGL 306E F 0.5
Linguistics and Literature
A study of linguistics and its applications in analyzing the style and language of literature. Topics include the relationship between the structure of language and literature, speech and writing, speech acts and genres, discourse and text.
Prereq: ENGL 306A

ENGL 306F W,S 0.5
Introduction to Semiotics
A study of systems of signs, codes, and signification in language, culture, and literature.
Prereq: ENGL 306A

ENGL 309A F 0.5
Rhetoric: Principles and Practice 1
A study of rhetorical theories from the Classical period (Pre- Socratic to Augustine) with an emphasis on how these theories reflect changing attitudes towards language, reality, and the self.
Prereq: Third-year standing, or consent of instructor
Priority may be given to RPW students

ENGL 309B S 0.5
Rhetoric: Principles and Practice 2
A continuation of ENGL 309A with an emphasis on the importance of style in rhetorical theory and practice.
Prereq: A 200-level writing course or consent of instructor
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 309C F,W 0.5
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
An examination of contemporary rhetorical theory and its relationships to criticism, interdisciplinary studies and computer applications.
Prereq: A 200-level writing course or consent of instructor
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 309D S 0.5
Approaches to Style
Theories of style and approaches to the stylistic analysis of both literary and non-literary texts. Students will consider contributions to the study of style from such areas as traditional stylistics, New Criticism, formalism, affective stylistics, speech act theory, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ENGL 309E W 0.5
Speech Writing
The analysis, writing, and performance of speeches. Analysis will focus on the theory of communication and speech models for imitation; writing, on in-class workshops; and performance, on videotaping and student evaluation of speeches.
Cross-listed as DRAMA 323
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 310A F 0.5
Chaucer 1
An introduction to the poetry and the prose translations of Geoffrey Chaucer, including his dream allegories, RTroilus and Criseyde,S and related compositions.

ENGL 310B W,S 0.5
Chaucer 2
A study of Geoffrey Chaucer's RCanterbury Tales.S

ENGL 312 W 0.5
Literature of the Commonwealth
A survey of Australian poetry and prose with some consideration of the literatures, in English, from Africa and the West Indies.

ENGL 313 F 0.5
Canadian Literature to 1920
A study of Canadian prose and verse to 1920, with particular attention to the poetry of the School of the Sixties and to the historical and idyllic novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

ENGL 314 F 0.5
Canadian Poetry Since 1920
Poetry in Canada from E.J. Pratt and A.J.M. Smith to Leonard Cohen.

ENGL 315 W 3C 0.5
Canadian Prose Since 1920
The Canadian novel since the appearance of Morley Callaghan, with brief consideration of the essay and short story during the period.
Also offered at Renison College

ENGL 316 W 0.5
Canadian Drama
A study of plays by such dramatists as Merrill Denison, Robertson Davies, Gratien Gélinas (in translation), James Reaney, John Coulter, George Ryga, and Michel Tremblay (in translation). Background for 20th- century drama will be provided in lectures.
Cross-listed as DRAMA 380 (formerly DRAMA 351)

ENGL 317 F 0.5
Canadian Children's Literature
A study of 19th- and 20th-century Canadian literature for children.

ENGL 318 W 0.5
Canadian Literature Since 1967
A study of developments in Canadian literature since 1967 in prose, poetry, drama and criticism.

ENGL 330A F 0.5
16th-Century Literature 1 (excluding Drama)
A study of the principal writers of prose and lyric and narrative poetry in England during the Tudor period, including its culmination in the reign of Elizabeth I.

ENGL 330B S 0.5
16th-Century Literature 2 (excluding Drama)
A continuation of ENGL 330A, with a consideration of selected topics and works specific to the Elizabethan period. Authors studied may include Sir Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney, and Edmund Spenser.
Prereq: ENGL 330A or consent of instructor

ENGL 335 F,S 0.5
Creative Writing 1
Aimed at encouraging students to develop their creative and critical potentials, the course consists of supervised practice, tutorials, and seminar discussions.
Also offered at Renison College

ENGL 336 W 0.5
Creative Writing 2
Designed to assist advanced creative writers to develop their skills in various genres by means of workshop processes, supervised practice, and critical discussion of one or more major projects.
Prereq: ENGL 335 or consent of instructor

ENGL 343 F 0.5
American Literature
The meaning of America - the myth, the dream, and the reality P as experienced through its major literary works. Sin, guilt, madness, mysticism, and grace: the search for fulfillment and peace by such writers as Poe, Thoreau, Whitman, Twain, and Crane.
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 344 W,S 0.5
Modern American Literature
Approaches to reality amid the confusion and uncertainty of 20th- century America. Emphasis on such major writers as Faulkner, Miller, and Cummings.
May be subject to priority enrolment

ENGL 345/346/347
Studies in American Literature
(Usually only one or two courses from this series are offered each year.)

ENGL 347A F 0.5
Contemporary American Literature
A study of American Literature from World War 2 to the present.
Prereq: ENGL 343 or consent of instructor

ENGL 350A F 0.5
17th-Century Non-Dramatic Literature 1
A study of secular and religious lyric poetry by poets such as Donne, Jonson, Herrick, Herbert, Vaughan, and Marvell.

ENGL 350B W 0.5
17th-Century Non-Dramatic Literature 2
A study of selected prose works of Bacon, Burton, and Browne. A more intensive study of Milton's English poetry and a selection of his prose works.

ENGL 362 F 0.5
Shakespeare 1
A study of the plays written before 1599-1600, excluding Julius Caesar.

ENGL 363 W 0.5
Shakespeare 2
A study of the plays written after 1599-1600, including Julius Caesar.

ENGL 365/366
Selected Studies
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.
Prereq: Consent of instructor and permission of English Undergraduate Officer

ENGL 376R F 3C 0.5
Applied English Grammar 1
In exploring different definitions and types of grammar (e.g. descriptive vs. prescriptive), students develop their own critical framework for explaining the structure of English. Of interest to intending teachers of English as the native or second language.
Prereq: A minimum of a 100-level writing course or consent of instructor
Offered at Renison College

ENGL 377R W 3C 0.5
Applied English Grammar 2
A continuation of ENGL 376R. Practical applications of language theories to error analysis and correction.
Prereq: ENGL 376R
Offered at Renison College

ENGL 392A W 0.5
Theories and Practices of Documentation
This course will introduce students to recent research on documentation in fields such as information design, reading, and technical writing. Students apply this knowledge by developing or revising documents.
Prereq: ENGL 292 or consent of instructor


ENGL 409 W 1.0
Writing for Special Purposes
Topics may include editing; magazine, newspaper and editorial writing; advertising and public relations writing; instructional manuals; interpretation of specialized information for general audiences; writing for non-print media; ethics in writing; etc. Substantial use of non-academic experts may be made.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing in RPW. RPW students below fourth-year are not eligible for the course.

ENGL 410A F 0.5
Satire and Sense: The Restoration and Early 18th Century
The Restoration comedy of manners, heroic and high tragedy, poetry of the court wits and other amused commentators on society, and the major writings of Dryden, Swift, Addison, Defoe, and the early Pope.

ENGL 410B W,S 0.5
Sense and Sensibility: The Middle and Later 18th Century
The probing of mores and manners by Pope and Johnson, the emergence of the novel with Fielding and Sterne, and the transformation (in Rthe age of sensibilityS) of literary attitudes and practice from classical to romanticism.

ENGL 430A F 0.5
The Romantic Movement 1
The poetry and critical theory of Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge. Emphasis is primarily on poetry; selected minor writers may be considered.

ENGL 430B W 0.5
The Romantic Movement 2
The poetry and critical theory of Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Emphasis is primarily on poetry; selected minor writers may be considered.

ENGL 451A F 0.5
Literature of the Victorian Age 1
An historical and critical study of major poets (Browning, Tennyson, Arnold) and of the literary criticism of the period.

ENGL 451B W 0.5
Literature of the Victorian Age 2
An historical and critical study of major novelists (Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot) and major essayists (Newman, Ruskin, Mill, Huxley).

ENGL 460A F 0.5
British Literature, 1885-1918
A study of works by such writers as Shaw, Conrad, and Yeats.

ENGL 460C W 0.5
British Literature, 1945 to the Present
A study of works by such writers as Beckett, Pinter, Churchill, Murdoch, Rushdie, Carter, Desai, Naipaul, Ackroyd, Larkin, Heaney, Hill.

ENGL 470A F,W 0.5
Contemporary Critical Theory
An examination of recent influential critical theories. Among the schools studied will be feminist criticism, Marxist criticism, psycholanalytic criticism and, especially, deconstruction.

ENGL 495A/B 0.5/0.5
Supervision of Honours Essay
A letter grade for ENGL 495A will be submitted only after the completion of ENGL 495B.

ENGL 481-492
Senior Seminars
From time to time, the Department may offer senior special topic seminars in the following areas. Consult with the Undergraduate Officer for details.
Courses ENGL 481 - 492 may substitute for other required Period and Genre courses.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing normally, and permission of instructor

ENGL 481 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Rhetoric and Professional Writing

ENGL 482 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Linguistics and Lexicography

ENGL 483 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Old and Middle English

ENGL 484 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Elizabethan Literature

ENGL 485 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Early Seventeenth-Century Literature

ENGL 486 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature

ENGL 487 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Romantic Literature

ENGL 488 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Victorian Literature

ENGL 489 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Twentieth-Century British Literature

ENGL 490 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Canadian and Commonwealth Literature

ENGL 491 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in American Literature

ENGL 492 (A-Z) 0.5
Special Topic Seminars in Critical, Theoretical and Generic Studies

Courses not offered 1995-96
ENGL 108N The Wars
ENGL 202A/B The Bible and Literature
ENGL 208D Modern Satire
ENGL 208F The Literature of Aging
ENGL 215 Canadian Regional Literature
ENGL 232 The Development of English Drama to 1660
ENGL 233 Drama from 1660
ENGL 233A Drama of the Late 17th and Early 18th Centuries
ENGL 233B Drama of the Late 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries
ENGL 233C Drama of the 20th Century
ENGL 233D Modern Drama
ENGL 234 Modern Drama in English from Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the West Indies
ENGL 240R Form and Function 1
ENGL 306D The History of English
ENGL 307A Computer-Aided Learning and Literature
ENGL 310C Non-Chaucerian Middle English Literature
ENGL 325 Reading, Leisure, and Human Development
ENGL 345B American Fiction
ENGL 346C American Fiction
ENGL 392B The Rhetoric of Text and Image
ENGL 460B British Literature, 1918-1945
ENGL 470B History of Literary Criticism

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