English Language & Literature

Faculty of Humanities




English Language & Literature

2014-2015 Fall/Winter Course Offerings

Course Descriptions

ENGL 5P00
Theoretical Foundations
Survey and critical analysis of a broad range of theories bearing on the relation of literary texts to cultural formations.
 
ENGL 5P01
Graduate Seminar in Research and Professional Development
Topics such as the nature and requirements of academic work, research methodologies, research resources, the nature and requirements of the graduate thesis and research paper, the development of the research proposal, focused discussion of research and design strategies for the work proposed, the development of and adherence to a schedule, preparation of conference proposals and public presentations.

 

ENGL 5V23
2014-2015: Literary Forms of Early Nationhood
Examinations of the literary discourses of early nationhood--Renaissance to Romantic—in select writings by E. Spenser, A. Bradstreet, J. Milton, J. Swift, T. Cary, A. L. Barbauld, A. Kidd, and others. Historical, literary, critical, bibliographical, and theoretical perspectives. Includes re-evaluations of seminal contributions to nationalism studies by Helgerson, Gellner, Hobsbawm, Anderson, Greenfeld, and others.
 
ENGL 5V63
2014-2015: Textualizing “Post”-conflict Histories
An exploration of the cultural work performed by artistic texts in the aftermath of sustained conflict, with emphasis on post-apartheid South Africa. Topics include reimagining justice; land reform and textual remapping; HIV/AIDS and the legacies of apartheid biopolitics; redistribution of material and human resources; heritage industries and the politics of memory work; xenophobia, migration and statelessness; and witnessing
traumatic history.
 
ENGL 5V75
2014-2015: Steampunk: Refashioning the Past and Retrofitting the Future
(also offered as HUMA 5V75)
Examination of Steampunk as a literary, visual, fashion an musical movement in popular culture. Focus on ideological issues of nostalgia, technophilia, imperialism, racism and gender.
  
ENGL 5V85
2014-2015: Rhetorics of (Trans)national Identification and Division
Explores the rhetorics of identification and division in the formation, disruption, disintegration, and repair of (trans)national discourse communities. Examines a variety of textual forms including literary, scholarly, juridicial, and (pop) cultural texts to consider the notion of (trans) national community, its founding binaries, and its (perhaps precarious) positions in the current era of globalization and “fast capitalism.”

2015-2016 Fall/Winter Proposed Course Offerings
(Note: Courses whose number begins 5V may be subject to change)
 
Course Descriptions
 
ENGL 5P00
Theoretical Foundations
Survey and critical analysis of a broad range of theories bearing on the relation of literary texts to cultural formations.
 
ENGL 5P01
Graduate Seminar in Research and Professional Development

Topics such as the nature and requirements of academic work, research methodologies, research resources, the nature and requirements of the graduate thesis and research paper, the development of the research proposal, focused discussion of research and design strategies for the work proposed, the development of and adherence to a schedule, preparation of conference proposals and public presentations.

 
ENGL 5V20
Frantic and Sickly: Gothic Texts and Contexts
Examinations of the emergence of and responses to gothic texts in the latter half of the eighteenth century in Great Britain.  Special attention will be given to non-canonical works.  Topics may include the politics of taste; criticism and the literary marketplace; popular rewritings; and the culture of "terror."

 

ENGL 5V35
Transnationalism and Racial Cosmopolitanisms in the American 19th Century
Explores the transnational turn in American studies.  Particular attention to different modes of cosmpolitanism (Kant, Appiah, Bhabha, Nwankwo), the black atlantic (Gilroy), hemispheric studies (Bauer), and creolization.  Authors may include Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Wells Brown, Martin Delany, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
 
ENGL 5V42
Surrealist Narratives
A critical history of the most enduring avant-garde tendency of the twentieth century, from Lautréamont to David Lynch.
 
ENGL 5V72
Rewriting Elaine of Astolat
Study of adaptations of the Arthurian story of Lily Maid.  Use of adaptation theory, feminist theory, and theories of medievalism to explore medieval, nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first- century texts and the diverse communities they address.