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300 Level Winter 2018


ENGLlSH 371: TOPIC IN CANADIAN LITERATURE


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ENGLISH 383 TOPIC IN LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT


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ENGLlSH 387: TOPIC IN LITERATURE AND SOCIETY


ENGL 387 Lecture 14: "Occupy Literature"

Instructor: Bart Beaty
Schedule: BLOCK WEEK: TWRF 9:00-5:00

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In 2017, Margaret Atwood, arguably Canada’s most iconic literary feminist, was denounced as both a radical anti-feminist supporter of rape culture and as a wealth-privileged NIMBY activist. Accordingly, certain questions might occupy the mind of the Canadian scholars of literature at the start of the twenty-first century: Is the space of CanLit an ethical space? Is the book publishing industry an exclusionary space? Are the environmental policies of the publishing industry sustainable over the long term? Is copyright hindering the development of global literary culture? Does literature perpetuate systems of economic inequality? Should one order class texts from Amazon.ca? What about the free shipping?

This course will use contemporary theories of culture to examine the social functioning of literature. Focusing on five contemporary case studies (one per day), the course will ask students to reflect upon the issues that are having the most direct impact on the current development of world literature, including consolidation within the publishing industry, changing conceptions of copyright, the impacts of globalization and digitalization, and the shifting nature of creative work. This course will draw on interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological models as a way of interrogating the persistence of structural inequalities in the literary field as it exists today. Ultimately, we will ask: Is literature merely an expression of the 1%, and must it be so?


ENGLISH 388: TOPIC IN POPULAR GENRES


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ENGLISH 391: TOPIC IN POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE AND THEORY


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ENGLISH 395: SPECULATIVE FICTION II: FANTASY


ENGL 395 Lec 01: "Speculative Fiction: Fantasy" 
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