Graduate Courses Offered in 2018-2019

Spring 2018

ENGL/SOCJ 5510SA: Special Topics in Postcolonial Literature - Globalization 

Dr. Anna Guttman – offered Spring 2018

Is globalization the happy melding of the world’s cultures?  Or a corporate-driven endeavour that will lead to both cultural and financial impoverishment for the world’s people?  How does it impact me as a student and scholar of English? How does globalization affect our understanding of cultural identity?  The nation?  Using both theories and case studies, this course will examine the interrelationship between the cultural and the economic and consider the ways in which globalization impacts the production, circulation and reception of literature and film.

Fall Term 2018

ENGL 5090FA: Special Topics in Children’s Literature: Resistance and Rebellion in Young Adult Fiction 

Dr. Chris Parkes

This course will exam the changing nature of resistance and rebellion in American YA fiction from the 1960s to the present.  It will study the ideological underpinnings of various kinds of narratives, paying particular attention to the issue of what subjects are allowed to rebel and what subjects are not according to how they are positioned along the lines of race, class and gender.  By exploring this particular issue, the course will come to an understanding how YA fiction has been shaped and reshaped by the large-scale political upheavals that have taken place in American society.

ENGL/SOCJ 5215FA: Special Topics in Literature, Culture and Social Justice - Work, Money and Inequality in Cultural Production 

Dr. Max Haiven

This interdisciplinary class explores two interconnected questions: First, what we can learn from the ways that contemporary and historical writers, artists and cultural activists have represented themes of work, money and inequality in fiction, film, art and other forms of creative expression? Second, how do prevailing forms of work, money and inequality affect, challenge and shape cultural production and creative expression today? These themes are explored through a range of critical perspectives including critical race theory, feminist and queer critique, post-colonial thought, Marxist political economy and critical theory.

ENGL 5711FA: Special Topics in Canadian Literature - Contemporary Newfoundland Literature

Dr. Doug Ivison

Newfoundland writing since the 1980s

ENGL 5770 FA – Advanced Scholarly Methods **

Dr. Rachel Warburton

This course will offer instruction in graduate-level research, writing, and reading skills. The course will provide an overview of major modes of literary studies scholarship with special attention paid to: conceptualizing a research project; accessing and evaluating primary and secondary sources; and planning, drafting, and revising proposals and essays. The course will build toward a conference of student work.

**  This is a required course for all first year graduate students. Students who have taken English 5790 are not required to take English 5770.

Winter Term 2019

ENGL 5117WA: Special Topics in Renaissance Literature - Blood, Betrayal, and Bewilderment

Tragedy and Satire in some of Shakespeare's less-frequently studied plays

Dr. Mike Richardson

This course will examine a number of plays less often dealt with in the classroom, but gaining in status elsewhere (stage, film, scholarly publication, etc.). Plays examined will include (in this order) Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, and perhaps Antony and Cleopatra.

ENGL/SOCJ 5215WA: Special Topics in Literature, Culture and Social Justice - Public Humanities

Dr. Scott Pound

A course exploring and articulating the social value of the humanities through the development of practical skills, research/writing/curation projects, and civic engagement. Students will work in a collaborative environment to research and evaluate a range of humanities methodologies and their public applications leading to a final project. Examples of possible projects include curated exhibits and websites, oral history, Open Access editing and publishing, and the creation of cultural programming.

ENGL 5413WB: Seminar II - Comics and Graphic Narrative

Dr. Daniel Hannah

This course will examine recent trends in graphic narrative from a variety of national literatures and consider a range of theoretical approaches to reading the form of comics.