2023-2024 Graduate Calendar

Master of Arts in English Go to top of document
Field(s) of Specialization Go to top of document
Text/ Community/ Discourse Dean Carol U. Merriam Faculty of Humanities Associate Dean Elizabeth Vlossak Faculty of Humanities Core Faculty Professors Gregory Betts, Tim Conley, Adam Dickinson, Martin Danahay, Neta Gordon, Ann Howey, Leah Knight, Mathew Martin, Lissa Paul Elizabeth Sauer, Barbara K. Seeber, Carole Stewart Associate Professors Robert Alexander, James Allard, Lynn Arner, Natalee Caple, Gale Coskan-Johnson, Andrew Pendakis, Susan Spearey Assistant Professor Erin Akerman Graduate Program Director Carole Stewart cstewart2@brocku.ca Graduate Program Assistant Melissa Vanatte 905-688-5550, extension 3884 maenglish@brocku.ca 573A Glenridge GLN A 202 brocku.ca/humanities/english-language-and-literature/  
Program Description Go to top of document
The MA in English has a Field of "Text/Community/Discourse." As mutually informing concepts, "text," "community" and "discourse" suggest the power of texts to reflect and to shape both communities of origin and communities of reception. The program also focuses critical attention on the kinds of negotiation - both material and theoretical - attending the production, performance, and reception of texts. Literary and textual problems acquire richer significance when viewed in relation to the ways in which texts, both literary and non-literary, are produced and used in the often conflicting discourses that constitute the culture of a community. While the program offers both a Thesis option and a Major Research Paper option, students are strongly encouraged to pursue the Major Research Paper option. Both options are designed to be completed in three terms or one year.  
Admission Requirements Go to top of document
Successful completion of four-year Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in English Literature, with a minimum average of B+. Applications with a co-major in English and a related discipline will be considered, although such students may be required to take additional qualifying undergraduate courses. Exceptions for students with unique circumstances will be considered. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of candidates. Individuals interested in part-time study should consult with the Graduate Program Director.  
Degree Requirements Go to top of document
All students are required to take the two core courses, ENGL 5P00 and ENGL 5F01. Major Research Paper students must take four additional ENGL courses selected from the variable topics offerings; Thesis students take two such additional ENGL courses. With the permission of the Graduate Program Director a student may take a course from one of the other MA programs in the university or a reading course/tutorial (ENGL 5P02) in place of a course from the variable topics list. Major Research Paper students will with the guidance of the Graduate Program Director arrange for a supervisor and a second reader and shall choose a topic in consultation with the supervisor, the second reader and the Graduate Program Director. A Thesis student will, with the permission of the Graduate Program Director, arrange for a thesis supervisor; the student and the supervisor will, with a supervisory committee appointed by the Graduate Program Director, choose a thesis topic.  
Course Descriptions Go to top of document
Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable timetable for details. Students must ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. ENGL 5F01 Professional Skills and Development Topics such as the nature of graduate studies, pedagogy, advanced research skills and resources, the development of research and grant proposals, career preparation, and preparation for conference presentations and publishing. ENGL 5F90 Major Research Paper A research project on a selected topic involving independent work and original research and thought. ENGL 5F91 MA Thesis An extended research project involving the preparation and defence of a thesis which shall demonstrate capacity for independent work and original research and thought. ENGL 5P00 Theoretical Foundations Surveys a range of thinkers and theoretical schools structuring the current discipline of English, including critical race theory, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, queer theory, British cultural studies, Foucault, and Bourdieu. ENGL 5P02 Graduate Tutorial Research course with directed study and regular meetings with a faculty member, covering topics not offered in a designated course. Requires permission of the Graduate Program Director. ENGL 5V10-5V19 Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture English literature, literary culture, and discourses on community from the 14th century to the late 17th century. ENGL 5V20-5V29 The Long Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture Studies in literature and culture from the Restoration of Charles II to the ascension of Victoria, 1660-1837. ENGL 5V30-5V39 Nineteenth Century British and American Literature and Culture Literature and literary culture in relation to the political, social and intellectual movements of the 19th century. May include transatlantic or nationally located studies. ENGL 5V40-5V49 Twentieth Century Literature and Culture Literature and cultural identity, location and change in established and developing literatures in the 20th century. ENGL 5V50-5V59 Canadian Literature and Culture Studies in Canadian literature with an emphasis on texts and their relation to intersecting notions of community. ENGL 5V56 2023-2024 The Politics and Art of Orientation in the Work of Ann-Marie MacDonald Explores the play, novels, and persona of Ann-Marie MacDonald using the theoretical frameworks of queer phenomenology, literary geography, and literary celebrity. Special attention paid to MacDonald's play with adaptation, intertextuality, genre, and plotting in relation to queer and feminist politics in the mainstream. ENGL 5V60-5V69 Contemporary Literature and Culture The role of literature in the creation and maintenance of located and imagined communities in the contemporary world. ENGL 5V68 2023-2024 How to Speak to Aliens: Contact Literature and Beyond Explores limit cases of exploration narratives, including the representation of contact in Canadian contexts, contemporary science fiction, and the phenomenology of aliens. In order to address the future of transcultural exchange, course texts will compare Indigenous-settler interactions with examples of contemporary science-fiction that re-map the distinctions between self and other. ENGL 5V70-5V79 Special Topics in Literature and Culture Literature, culture and community in areas such as genre studies, specialized theoretical studies and comparative historical studies. ENGL 5V70 2023-2024 Academe Examines the university as a powerful institution in Canada and the US. Topics include the rise of neoliberalism, the corporatization of academe, who produces knowledge and who is peripheral to knowledge production, the crisis of the Humanities, cultural capital, affirmative action, and faculty labor. Readings include Foucault, Bourdieu, Chow, Brim, Messer-Davidow and Ahmed. ENGL 5V80-5V89 Rhetoric and Discourse Studies Study of rhetoric, genre, discourse and language. Topics may include rhetorical instantiations of textual communities, ideologies of language as they operate in conceptualizations of nation and self, and discourse analytic methods for examining texts and their contexts. ENGL 5V88 2023-2024 Protest/ Resistance: Feelings, Opinions, Arguments, Acts Examines the discursive topography of protest/ resistance through figures as the protester, the police, the sovereign subject, and the public spaces of assembly. Will explore the politics, histories, geographies, arguments, and practices enacted in both historical and contemporary texts and in viral rhetorics that circulate on social media platforms.  
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