English Language & Literature

Faculty of Humanities

English Language & Literature

2014-2015 Fall/Winter Course Offerings

Course Descriptions

Theoretical Foundations
Survey and critical analysis of a broad range of theories bearing on the relation of literary texts to cultural formations.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.”