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500 Level Fall 2017


ENGL 519 Lec 01  - "Chick Lit" 
Instructor:  Jenny McKenney
Schedule:  Tues/Thu 09:30-10:45


This course pairs works of eighteenth-century fiction written by women and for women with cognate works of modern fiction loosely identified as ‘Chick Lit.’ Students will investigate early examples of amatory fiction, the sentimental novel, epistolary fiction, and the Gothic by such authors as Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood, Frances Burney, and Ann Radcliffe. Works by modern authors such as Dodie Smith, Daphne Du Maurier, and Helen Fielding will provide opportunity to contemplate the longer trajectory of Chick Lit.  In this seminar course, we will focus on questions of genre, publication history, and the lived experience of women as readers and writers. 


ENGL 520 Lec 01- "Community Engagement Through Literature" 
Instructor: Susan Bennett
Schedule: M 5:00-6:15/ W 4:15-5:45

This course will combine classroom and community-based learning in partnership with the Calgary Public Library's "Homework Help" program. The goals of the course are to explore practical ways that knowledge gained in the study of English might serve the community and to reflect on the relationship between literary studies and public service.

Students will meet in a formal classroom setting to examine and prepare materials and readings. Once a week students will work in a branch of the Calgary Public Library, bringing their expertise and interest in literature to support and mentor youth volunteers (Grades 7-12) leading "Homework Help" programs for Grades 3-6 students. "Homework Help" is designed to support students in achieving academic success and U of C students will work with youth volunteers to design and implement  activities for this program.

There are 16 places available in this class for Fall Term and students need to complete a short application to be considered for this course. APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MID TO LATE JULY.  Please feel free to contact the instructor by email now to register your interest ( 

Successful applicants will be asked to complete the Calgary Public Library's police background check.

The class will meet on campus from 5:00-6:00 pm most Tuesdays; library sessions will be EITHER on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm. (Students will need to allow for travel time to/from library branch so as to arrive promptly). 

Note: ENGL 520 will also be offered in Winter Term 2017 and interested students who cannot be accommodated in the Fall Term class can have their applications forwarded for consideration for the Winter Term class.


ENGL 523 Lec 01- "The Anatomy of the Book" 
Instructor:  Maria Zytaruk 
Schedule:  TRWRFS 9:00-5:00


A hands-on exploration of all stages of book production in the hand-press period (1500-1800) including paper, printing, typography, illustration, and binding. All sessions will be held in Special Collections in the TFDL. For more information contact Dr. Maria Zytaruk at