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The Department of English offers a wide range of courses. Whether an individual course provides a knowledge of one author or one genre or an entire period, its aim is to deepen the student's awareness and appreciation of a distinguished literary tradition. More broadly, studying English develops skills of analysis and expression that are required by all areas of research, business, and professional activity, and that are essential to success both within and beyond university.
Courses are arranged in four series. This gradation denotes the level of work expected. Courses in the 100-series are introductory. The 200-series provides courses at both an introductory level and an intermediate level. The 300- and 400-series courses are more advanced.
English Programs provide students with the opportunity to become acquainted with a variety of authors, periods, genres and critical approaches. The Specialist Program is not designed to meet specific requirements for entrance into the School of Graduate Studies and students should consult the Graduate Department of English at 7 King's College Circle for advice about course selection. Similarly, students considering a teaching career in Ontario should consult the Faculty of Education. Students pursuing a Minor, Major or Specialist Program in English should seek counselling from the Discipline Representative in their College or from the Office of the Associate Chair.
The Department of English publishes an Undergraduate Brochure each year which is usually available to students by mid-April. The Brochure provides detailed course descriptions, reading lists for individual sections, and information concerning program requirements and enrolment. Where possible, the Department has tried to ensure that the class size of most English courses remains comparatively small. In order to maintain these conditions, enrolment in many sections is limited. All students interested in taking an English course are urged to consult the Undergraduate Brochure for detailed information.
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These Program Requirements apply to all students admitted to the University in the 1992 Winter session and after. Students enrolled in an English program prior to the 1992 Winter session may follow either these requirements or those in force when they first enrolled. Students are responsible for completing all the requirements of the English Program in which they are enrolled. Enrolment in any English Program requires completion of four previous courses. No minimum GPA required.
For Distribution Requirement purposes, all ENG courses are classified as HUMANITIES courses.
Note: Only courses with an ENG or JEF prefix may be counted toward any English program
Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S16451 (10 to 14 ENG/JEF full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
Students wishing to complete an English Specialist Program must successfully complete at least ten and not more than fourteen ENG courses in a twenty-course degree program, fulfilling all of the following requirements:
Major program Major program: M16451 (7 ENG/JEF full courses minimum or their equivalent)
Students wishing to complete an English Major Program must successfully complete at least seven ENG courses, fulfilling all of the following requirements:
Minor program Minor program: R16451 (4 ENG full courses or their equivalent)
Students wishing to complete an English Minor Program must successfully complete at least four ENG courses, fulfilling all of the following requirements:
Group C: ENG 215H, 216Y, 223H, 252Y, 350H, 354Y, 356H, 430H, 431H, 432H, 433H
ENGLISH AND DRAMA See DRAMA
A course designed to improve competence in writing expository and persuasive prose for academic and other purposes. It aims to teach the principles of clear, well-reasoned prose, and their practical applications; the processes of composition (drafting, revising, final editing); the conventions of various prose forms and different university disciplines. The course does not meet the needs of students primarily seeking to develop English language proficiency.
JEF 100Y The Western Tradition (formerly WLD 100Y) 78L
Introduction to literature through major works of the Western literary tradition. What constitutes a literary "classic"? How have the great concerns of the Western tradition - human nature, its place in society, its mythmaking, its destiny - been represented in literature? These and other questions are examined by reference to 11-12 works by such authors as: Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Molière, Kafka, Austen, Dostoevsky, Camus, Márquez and Beckett. (A joint course offered by the Departments of English and French; see also JEF 100Y in the French program listings.)
This course explores the stories that are all around us and that shape our world: traditional literary narratives such as ballads, romances, and novels, and also the kinds of stories we encounter in non-literary contexts such as journalism, movies, myths, jokes, legal judgements, travel writing, histories, songs, diaries, biographies.
An exploration of how major literary forms in poetry and prose shape both what the writer can perceive and express and how the reader receives and interprets the text. We shall consider a variety of literary genres from 1350-1940, such as comedy, elegy, satire, epic, ode, autobiography, detective story.
An exploration of how twentieth-century literature responds to our world through major forms of poetry and prose, in texts drawn from a variety of national literatures. At least nine authors, such as: Faulkner, Gordimer, Joyce, Morrison, Munro, Naipaul, Rushdie, White, Woolf; Beckett, Highway, O'Neill, Shaw, Soyinka, Stoppard; Eliot, Frost, Heaney, Page, Plath, Rich, Wayman, Walcott, Yeats.
NOTE 200-series courses are open to students who have obtained standing in one full 100-series ENG course, or in at least four full courses in the Faculty. Students without this prerequisite may enrol in ENG 201Y or 202Y if they are concurrently enrolled in any of ENG 110Y, 120Y, 130Y, 140Y, or JEF 100Y. Students in a Specialist, Major, or Minor program in English are required to take either ENG 201Y or 202Y. Students should note the special prerequisite for ENG 269Y and should consult the Department's Brochure for instructions about applying for this course.
An introductory study of the Bible's influence on literature in English. Selections from the Bible, Milton, Blake, Eliot. Other works to be chosen by the instructor.
An introduction to poetry, to its traditional forms, themes, techniques, and uses of language; its historical and geographical range; and its twentieth-century diversity.
Historical and critical introduction to British literature through chronological consideration of at least fourteen of the following writers: Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Bunyan, Dryden, Congreve, Pope, Swift, Fielding, Austen, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Dickens, George Eliot, Joyce, Woolf, T.S. Eliot. Selections include all major literary periods and include poetry, drama and fiction.
A introduction to fiction through short stories of various kinds, written mainly in the 19th and 20th centuries. Authors such as Hawthorne, Poe, James, Conrad, Kipling, Joyce, Lawrence, Mansfield, Faulkner, Hemingway, Singer, Gallant.
A study of interrelated short-story collections written and put together by such authors as Kipling, Joyce, Lawrence, Hemingway, Mansfield, Salinger, Roth, Laurence, Faulkner, O'Connor, Gallant.
A study of Canadian short fiction in English since its beginnings. A wide variety of regions, periods, styles, and writers is considered. Works by authors such as Callaghan, Ross, Laurence, Gallant, Munro, Buckler, Hood, Hodgins, and Atwood are included.
A study of modern and contemporary Canadian fiction in English. Twelve or more works, including at least one by five of the following: Leacock, Callaghan, MacLennan, Ross, Buckler, Wilson, Davies, Gallant, Richler, Watson, Laurence, Wiseman, Kroetsch, Hodgins, Wiebe, Clarke, Munro, Atwood, Findley, Ondaatje. The course includes texts that reflect the contemporary state of Canadian fiction.
A study of not more than twelve plays by Shakespeare, including at least eight of the following: Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Richard II; Henry IV, Parts I and II; Henry V; Twelfth Night; Measure for Measure; Hamlet; King Lear; Antony and Cleopatra; The Tempest. Some non-dramatic poetry may be included.
Canadian plays, with emphasis on major playwrights and on developments since 1940, but with attention also to the history of the theatre in Canada.
The relation between literary technique and social purpose in texts selected from different historical periods. Works of different genres are included.
An introduction to the varieties of biography in this century. Issues such as the nature of biographical sources, the aims of the biographer, the difference between biography and autobiography, and the bias of the biographer are discussed. Figures such as Wilde, Russell, Woolf, Plath, Lennon, Layton, MacEwen may be included.
A study of at least eight and not more than twelve major women writers. The course includes works of poetry and fiction; drama and non-fiction may also be represented.
An historical and critical study of poetry, fiction, and drama written for or appropriated by children. Works by at least twelve authors such as Bunyan, Defoe, Stevenson, Carroll, Twain, Milne, Tolkien, Norton, and Andersen.
At least twelve works by such authors as Poe, Dickens, Collins, Doyle, Chesterton, Christie, Sayers, Van Dine, Hammett, Chandler, Faulkner, P.D. James, Rendell.
At least twelve works by such authors as M. Shelley, Poe, Stoker, G. Macdonald, Verne, Wells, Huxley, Orwell, Clarke, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Wyndham, P.K. Dick, Le Guin, M. Piercy, S. King, M. Atwood, W. Gibson.
Prepares students to read the oldest English literary forms in the original language. Introduces the earliest English poetry in a woman's voice, expressions of desire, religious fervour, and the agonies of war. Texts, written 680 - 1100, range from the epic of Beowulf the dragon-slayer to ribald riddles.
An introductory survey of major works in American Literature through the study of approximately twelve representative writers. Works to be studied include Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter; Melville, Moby-Dick; Thoreau, Walden or Emerson, selected writings; Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; selected poems by Whitman; novels by James and Faulkner; selected poems by one of Eliot, Frost, Stevens.
An introductory survey of Canadian poetry, prose and drama, consisting of the work of at least twelve writers, at least one of them of Native Canadian origin. At least one third of the works date from before 1950, but attention is also given to very recent works. The course includes works by at least eight of the following: Moodie, Lampman, Leacock, Pratt, Klein, Ross, Birney, Davies, Laurence, Reaney, Munro, Atwood.
A study of approximately twelve writers from diverse English-speaking cultures, for example, those of Africa, Australia, India, New Zealand, and the West Indies. Authors include at least six of the following: Achebe, Coetzee, Gordimer, Ngugi, p'bitek, Soyinka; Keneally, Stead, Stow, White; Narayan, Rao, Rushdie; Frame; Bennett, Brathwaite, Harris, Naipaul, Walcott.
Contemporary North American aboriginal writing in English. The writings are placed within the context of aboriginal cultures and living oral traditions. Attention is given to linguistic and territorial diversity. Writers may include: Paula Allen, Jeannette Armstrong, Beth Brant, Maria Campbell, Louise Edrich, Joy Harjo, Tomson Highway, Basil Johnston, Emma LaRoque, Lee Maracle, N. Scott Momaday, Daniel Moses, Leslie Silko.
Study of the relations between literary and scientific representations of the world in imaginative literature as well as in texts by scientists from disciplines such as anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, cosmology, geology, linguistics, physics, and psychology. Typical topics include evolution, relativity, quantum mechanics, genetics, chaos theory, and the brain.
A study of the way writers have helped to define what constitutes "nature" and our relationship to it, in such forms as Renaissance pastoral, the Romantic lyric, and modern fiction and poetry. Examines the role of literature in creating our awareness of the "environment." At least twelve works by writers such as Shakespeare, Marvell, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, Dickens, Hardy, Pratt, Lawrence, Frost, Jeffers, Engel, Atwood.
An introduction to some central issues and concepts of literary criticism, such as the notion of literature, the relation of literature to criticism, critical analysis and evaluation, and the making of literary canons.
The skills involved in critical thinking are also used in the process of expressing thoughts precisely, suggestively, and persuasively in writing. This course in expository writing is an intermediate-level seminar in which students who already write effectively can improve their understanding and practice of rhetorical strategy and prose style through workshops in a variety of forms and subjects.
The verbal and visual language, theatrical conventions, and social assumptions of comedy and farces as seen in twenty-four plays from a variety of periods.
A survey of English literature centered on "orientalism," the representation of the East as an exotic, other-worldly place characterized by luxury, sensuality, wealth, and depravity. Though orientalism is often thought to be a modern phenomenon, startling misrepresentations of the East are prominent in Medieval and Renaissance literature. We focus on these texts to unearth the roots of orientalism, and follow the theme into the twentieth century.
Ten to twelve American films, from the 1950s to the present, by such directors as Haskin, Siegal, Kubrik, Spielberg, Reiner, Ridley Scott, Lucas, Fincher, Verhoeven.
A general survey of the essay in English old and new, personal and political, mainstream and marginal. Exposure to varied styles and approaches and modes of persuasion will improve reader's understanding of the essay form and their own performance in it; this is not, however, primarily a writing course like ENG 269Y.
Introduction to the study of literature by reference to psychoanalysis. Literary texts are examined in the context of major ideas of psychoanalysis, e.g., the Oedipus complex, dream interpretation, the desire of the Other, stages of development, and by reference to the common concern of literature and psychoanalysis with language. Texts include psychoanalytic and literary works by such authors as Freud, Jung, Lacan, Shakespeare, Dickens and D.H. Lawrence.
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See Research Opportunity Program for details.
NOTE 300-series courses are open to students who have obtained standing in at least four full courses in the Faculty, at least one of which must be an ENG course. Students should note the special prerequisites for ENG 369Y, 390Y, and 391Y, and they should consult the Department's Brochure for instructions about applying for these courses.
The foundation of English literature: in their uncensored richness and range, Chaucer's works have delighted wide audiences for over 600 years. Includes The Canterbury Tales, with its variety of narrative genres from the humorous and bawdy to the religious and philosophical, and Troilus and Criseyde, a profound erotic masterpiece.
Poetry: Wyatt and Surrey, Sidney, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Spenser (The Faerie Queene, at least two Books; and the Mutabilitie Cantos), and Donne. Other poets may be added. Prose: More, Utopia; and Sidney, Defence of Poetry. Selections from at least two of: Elyot; Ascham; Hakluyt; Hooker; Lyly; Sidney, Arcadia; Nashe; and Deloney. Supplementary readings from such authors as Erasmus, Castiglione, Machiavelli, and Ariosto may be prescribed.
Literature in an age of Civil War, intellectual revolution, and religious upheaval, from Donne and Jonson to Milton and Marvell. Such prose writers as Bacon, Burton, Browne and Traherne are also studied.
Writers of this period grapple with questions of authority and individualism, tradition and innovation, in politics, religion, knowledge, society, and literature itself. Special attention to Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, and at least six other authors.
Poetry and critical prose of Blake, W. Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, P.B. Shelley, Keats; may include selections from other writers such as Crabbe, Scott, Landor, Clare, D. Wordsworth, M. Shelley, De Quincey.
A study of Tennyson, Browning, and Arnold; selections from Fitzgerald, Clough, C. Rossetti, D.G. Rossetti, Morris, Swinburne, Hopkins, Meredith, Hardy, Housman, or others. Selections from the critical writings of the period. (Offered in alternate years)
Nineteenth-century prose of thought, including at least seven of Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Past and Present; Arnold, Culture and Anarchy; J.S. Mill, On Liberty; Morley; Bagehot, The English Constitution; Darwin; Huxley; Ruskin, Praeterita, "The Nature of Gothic"; Newman, Apologia; Butler; Morris; Pater, Marius the Epicurean; Wilde. (Offered in alternate years)
At least twelve works, including one or more by each of Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Austen, and Scott. Three of the works are: Richardson, Pamela or Clarissa; Fielding, Joseph Andrews or Tom Jones; Sterne, Tristram Shandy.
At least twelve works, including one or more by each of Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope, Emily or Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Hardy.
At least twelve works, including one or more by each of James, Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, and Faulkner.
At least six works by at least four contemporary British novelists, such as Beckett, Burgess, Fowles, Golding, Lessing, Spark, Thomas.
A study of medieval English drama. Works include the Corpus Christi Cycle; Mary Magdalene; Castle of Perseverance, Mankind, Everyman; plays by Henry Medwall and John Redford; at least two other plays.
The miracle play, the morality play, the Tudor interlude, early Tudor and Elizabethan tragedy, comedy, and romance; two or more plays by Marlowe; Shakespeare, at least four and not more than seven of the following: Love's Labour's Lost, Richard III, Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Coriolanus, The Winter's Tale; two plays by Jonson; works by at least six other Jacobean dramatists.
At least twelve plays, including works by Dryden, Wycherley, Congreve, and their successors, chosen to demonstrate the modes of drama practised during the period, the relationship between these modes and that between the plays and the theatres for which they were designed. (Offered in alternate years)
A minimum of twenty representative modern plays, one or more by at least five of Beckett, Churchill, O'Casey, O'Neill, Pinter, Shaw, Stoppard, Synge, Williams, Yeats; background readings from other dramatic literatures.
At least ten plays by at least six contemporary dramatists, such as Pinter, Albee, Stoppard, Orton, Bond, Storey, Mercer, Griffiths, Shaffer, Shepard, Sackler, Terry.
Special study of Hopkins, Yeats, Pound, Eliot, and Stevens; selections from other poets.
Works by at least six contemporary poets, such as Dickey, Ginsberg, Heaney, Howard, Hughes, Larkin, Lowell, Plath, Warren.
Writing in English Canada before 1914, from a variety of genres such as: the novel, poetry, short stories, exploration and settler accounts, nature writing, criticism, First Nations cultural production. (Offered in alternate years)
Fifteen or more poets from the 20th century, at least six to be chosen from Pratt, F.R. Scott, A.J.M. Smith, Birney, Layton, Livesay, Klein, Avison, Purdy, Souster, Reaney, Page, Atwood, Webb. (Offered in alternate years)
Topics and issues in Canadian writing from its beginnings, covering a variety of genres. Topics vary from year to year; details are listed in the departmental brochure. Topics may include: ethnic identity, periodical writing, forms of narrative, the individual and the community, realism and symbolism, nationalism and culture.
A study of American writing before 1880, including works by at least five authors from the following list: Emerson, Cooper, Poe, Stowe, Melville, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Fuller, Whitman, Dickinson, James.
A study of American writing between 1890 and 1960, including works by at least five authors from the following list: James, Twain, Wharton, Dreiser, Dos Passos, Cather, Williams, Stein, Hemingway, Faulkner, Frost, Welty, Stevens, A. Miller.
At least six works by at least four contemporary American novelists, such as Bellow, Doctorow, Hawkes, Mailer, Nabokov, Percy, Pynchon, Updike, Vonnegut.
Major issues and movements in the theory of literature and literary criticism, with emphasis on the 20th century. Among the movements studied are varieties of formal, psychological, and moral criticism and theory, feminist criticism, structuralism and post-structuralism. Authors studied may include such figures as Richards, Leavis, Brooks, Frye, Trilling, Barthes, Bloom, Eagleton, Barbara Johnson.
The English language from Old English to the present day. Emphasis on specific texts, showing how linguistic techniques can be used in the study of literature.
Restricted to students who in the opinion of the Department show special aptitude. A section of this course devoted to a workshop in playwriting and the analysis of plays is normally available.
A scholarly project chosen by the student and supervised by a member of the staff. The form of the project and the manner of its execution are determined in consultation with the supervisor. All project proposals should be submitted by June 1. Proposal forms are available from the Department offices.
A project in creative writing chosen by the student and supervised by a member of the staff. The form of the project and the manner of its execution are determined in consultation with the supervisor. All project proposals should be submitted by June 1. Proposal forms are available from the Department offices.
NOTE With the exception of ENG 490Y, 400-series courses are open to students who have obtained standing in at least nine full courses in the Faculty, including at least three full ENG courses. These advanced courses normally presuppose earlier study in the field, and in some cases specific prerequisites are indicated. Except for ENG 490Y, courses in this series are taught in a seminar format, enrolment being limited to 20 students. Not all 400-series courses are offered every year; students should consult the Department's Brochure for course descriptions, balloting procedures, and deadlines. Students who require a 400-series course to satisfy their program requirements will have priority in the spring balloting for these courses. Those who plan to take ENG 490Y should consult the Department's Brochure for instructions about applying.
Klaeber, ed., Beowulf. Other texts to be selected. (Offered in alternate years with ENG401Y)
Introduction to the work of the major figures in literary criticism from Plato to the mid-20th century. Topics include the evaluation and interpretation of literature, theories of the imagination, conceptions of genre and style, the social and historical context of literature. Among the authors will be five of the following: Plato, Aristotle, Sidney, Johnson, Coleridge, Arnold, Eliot, Woolf.
Study of one or more modes of criticism in relation to the interpretation of literary works.
A study of post-colonial writers who give expression to the voice of the "other": the silenced, the subaltern and the marginalized. The course considers such writers as Keri Hulme, Mudrooroo Narogin, Jack Davis, Suniti Namjoshi, Thomas King, Bessie Head, Salman Rushdie, Rajiva Wijesinha, Lewis Nkosi, Allan Sealy, Satendra Nandan and Rohinton Mistry.
A study of contemporary West Indian literature, including work by Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul, Wilson Harris, Kamau Brathwaite, George Lamming, Samuel Selvon, Austin Clarke, Lorna Goodison, Erna Brodber, David Dabydeen, Olive Senior, Nourbese Philip, Dionne Brand. The course focuses on relationships between African, Asian, and European inheritances, and between oral and written traditions.
A study of the ways in which the epic tradition alters to respond to changing intellectual and social currents through the ages while still retaining characteristics that allow us to identify it as epic. Authors include Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, and Joyce, with background readings from other literatures.
An exploration of the richness and diversity of American poetry of the 1980s and 1990s, including work by writers such as John Ashbury, Amy Clampitt, J.D.McClatchy, and Mark Strand. The aim is to investigate as much as possible of the range of formal and thematic options evident in their work.
A scholarly project devised by the student and supervised by a member of the staff. The course is open to students enrolled in the English Specialist Program or in Combined Specialist Programs where it is an option. Proposal forms are available from the Department offices. Proposals must be submitted by June 1.
ENGLISH AND PHILOSOPHY (Hon.B.A.) Consult Department of Philosophy. Specialist program: S25581 - PHL; S11301 - PHI (14 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
ENGLISH (6 or 7 courses):
Students enrolled in this program before the 1992 Summer session may follow these requirements or those that were in force when they first enrolled.
NOTE: Students wishing to complete a Combined Specialist Program in English and Philosophy must complete six or seven ENG/JEF courses, fulfilling all of the following requirements:
PHILOSOPHY (6 or 7 courses)
Either one or two:
First and Second Years: One course in History of Philosophy; one half course in each of Aesthetics and Logic, and one additional course or two half courses
SENIOR ESSAY: The fourteenth course must be a 400-series course, normally a senior essay (either ENG 490Y or PHL 490Y) written under the supervision of a supervisor from the sponsoring Department and a reader from the other Department.Section 4 for Key to Course Descriptions)
Undergraduate seminar that focuses on specific ideas, questions, phenomena or controversies, taught by a regular Faculty member deeply engaged in the discipline. Open only to newly admitted first year students. It may serve as a breadth requirement course; see First Year Seminars: 199Y.
NOTE The 100-series courses are designed to increase the students' skills in interpretation and effective writing, and are open to all students who have standing in fewer than nine full courses in the Faculty and to other students who have standing in no more than one full course in English. ENG 100H is a course in general writing skills relevant to a wide range of university subject areas. JEF 100Y, ENG 110Y, 120Y, 130Y, and 140Y are equivalent to each other, in that any one of them can be used in fulfillment of a Specialist, Major, or Minor Program. JEF 100Y offers an acquaintance with the major works of various Western literary traditions in English translation. ENG 110Y explores the nature of narrative writing in a variety of fictional and non-fictional, poetic, and cinematic forms. ENG 120Y and 140Y emphasize the development of analytical and essay-writing skills and build the acquaintance with major literary forms and conventions that students need in more advanced English courses: ENG 120Y approaches the diversity of literature in English historically, dealing with works from many different periods; ENG 140Y approaches this diversity more geographically, focusing on contributions made to modern and contemporary literature in English in various areas of the world. Students with fewer than four full course credits may enrol in ENG 201Y and 202Y provided they enrol in one of ENG 110Y, 120Y, 130Y or 140Y as a co-requisite. ENG 100H and HUM 199Y may not be used to meet the requirements of any English program.
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