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300 Level Winter 2018


ENGL 387 Lecture 14: "Occupy Literature"

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


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 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?


ENGL 393 Lecture 01

Instructor: Vivek Shraya
Schedule: M/W 3:30-4:45


In this course, we will explore the world of contemporary science fiction through close reading of texts (short story collections, novels, graphic novels, and personal essays) by Indigenous and Black writers and writers of colour. How does centering the voice of “the alien,” which is so often synonymous with “the other,” challenge popular, white and/or Western ideas of science fiction and about science itself? Subverting a question that Octavia E. Butler was often posed—“What good is science fiction to Black people?”—we
will analyze the ways science fiction is mobilized by Indigenous and Black writers and writers of colour as radical tool for reflection, criticism, ingenuity and hope.


ENGL 396 Lecture 01

Instructor: Derritt Mason
Schedule: M/W 3:30-4:45


This class is a critical and historical study of children’s and young adult literature. A primary goal of this class is to consider the strangeness of children’s literature: not only is it rare among genres for being named after the audience it aims to address, but children’s literature is also unique in the way it generates so much anxiety among critics and readers with strong investments in how we define the genre and what, exactly, its texts should contain. Furthermore, children’s literature fascinates in its inspiration of countless adaptations, retellings, and appropriations, many of which seem to challenge popular notions of childhood innocence and development. Students will consider the terms through which critics have sought to define (or not define) children’s literature, the expectations that surround the genre, and how children’s literature and its adaptations may subvert and/or bolster these expectations. Students will depart the class having cultivated critical tools for approaching a range of texts for young people, in addition to developing a heightened awareness of the fraught relationship between children’s and young adult literature and its adult authors, critics and audiences. This class has no prerequisites, and is not open to students with credit in English 398.


ENGL 399 Lecture 01

Instructor: Murray McGillivray
Schedule: T/R 2:00-3:15


This section of English 399 will be an introduction to the major periods and styles of detective fiction and to its most iconic writers and detectives, from Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Ian Rankin, with particular attention to Conan Doyle’s classic detective Sherlock Holmes, Dorothy L. Sayers's Golden Age detective Lord Peter Wimsey, the hard-boiled American detective in Raymond Chandler, and Ian Rankin's late 20th century Edinburgh detective John Rebus.