GRADUATE COURSES FOR FALL 2010 & WINTER 2011 (Tentative) Course descriptions to follow.
ENGLISH 7034. Studies in Middle English I — Dr. William Schipper
ENGLISH 7058. Studies in 19th-Century American Literature — Dr. Andrew Loman
ENGLISH 7072. Studies in 20th-Century Canadian Literature IV — Dr. Faith Balisch
ENGLISH 7086. Special Readings in English II — Dr. Pat Byrne
Plato. Timaeus and Critias (c. 360 BCE). London: Penguin Classics, 1977
More, Thomas. Utopia (1516). London: Penguin Classics, 2003
Bacon, Francis and Campanella, Tommaso. The New Atlantis (1627) and The City of the Sun (1602). Mineola: Dover Publications, 2003
Butler, Samuel. Erewhon, or Over the Range (1872). Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1985
Zamyatin, Yevgeny. We (1929). New York: EOS/HarperCollins, 1999
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World (1932). London: Vintage/Random House, 2004
Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1990
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. Toronto: Seal Books, 1985.
ENGLISH 7003. Trends in Contemporary Critical Theory — Dr. Nancy Pedri (Thursdays from 11:00 to 2:00 in A3033)
ENGLISH 7040. Studies in 16th-Century British Literature IV — Dr. Gordon Jones (Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 in A3033)
ENGLISH 7056. Studies in 20th-Century British Literature IV — Dr. Bradley Clissold (Wednesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 in A3033)
ENGLISH 7087. Newfoundland Literature and Identity (Special Readings in English III) — Dr. Ronald Rompkey (Wednesdays from 10:00 to 1:00 in A3014)
GRADUATE COURSES FOR SPRING 2010
ENGL 7073. Studies in Newfoundland Literature I: Recent Trends in Newfoundland Fiction — Dr. Larry Mathews (Tuesdays from 10 to 1)
The course will examine a number of works of fiction by Newfoundland authors published in the last ten years or so. Individual texts have not yet been selected, but the authors will probably include (among others) Wayne Johnston, Patrick Kavanagh, Kenneth J. Harvey, Michael Crummey, Lisa Moore, Michael Winter, Edward Riche, and Jessica Grant. A distinctive feature of the course will be that, in many cases, the author will come to class and engage in dialogue with students. Further details will be available in a few months.
ENGL 7076. Studies in Irish Literature: Irish Literature and the Ethics of Violence — Dr. Danine Farquharson (Wednesdays from 10 to 1)
This course will examine a variety of 20th-century Irish texts – plays, films, novels and a bit of poetry – in order to interrogate some pervasive stereotypes of the Irish. They are violent, they are drunk, they are merry but darkly so, they are obsessed with their own history, they write better poetry than novels … you get the idea. Further, we will focus some of our seminar time on the representation of violence in these texts and the ethics of reading violence. Texts to be studied include: O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, Doyle’s A Star Called Henry, Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday, O’Brien’s House of Splendid Isolation, McLiam Wilson’s Eureka Street, Barry’s A Long Long Way and others.
Always offered: ENGL 6999. Master's Essay for Non-Thesis Students
Students in the courses-only M.A. may elect to take English 6999 (Master’s Essay for Non-Thesis Students) as one of the courses required for their program. This course requires the student to complete, under the supervision of a faculty member, an independent research essay in the field. The essay should be of professional quality and should be approximately 30-35 pages in length.
Students normally register for this course in the second or third semesters of their programs.
The work required for this course should be equivalent to, but not greater than, that required in other graduate courses.
The student is aided in the preparation of the Master’s essay by a supervisor, chosen by the student and approved by the Head.
The essay is graded by the supervisor and by a second reader chosen by the Head. The student’s final grade for the course is the average of the supervisor’s grade and the second reader’s grade.
The student is required early in the semester of registration to submit a brief 1-2 page summary of the topic and its usefulness for approval by the supervisor and by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee. This proposal is far briefer and less detailed than the M.A. thesis proposal. It is the responsibility of the essay supervisor and the Graduate Studies Committee to ensure that the Master’s essay does not unreasonably duplicate work done by the student in other courses.
RECENT GRADUATE COURSES
ENGL 7043. Early Modern Terror and Horror: Revenge Tragedies — Dr. Robert Ormsby (Thursday 1:00-4:00)
This course offers an examination of the revenge tragedy genre that flourished in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. We will consider the thematic concerns these plays share (or the obsessions to which they return, again and again)—the corruption of court life, poisoned psyches, grotesque violence, misogyny, ambivalence about revenge itself—in relation to the cultural histories of the Tudor and Stuart eras and in relation to the literary and theatrical practices from which these plays emerged. In addition, we will examine the plays in light of current and recent criticism about early modern English drama. We will study the following ten plays: Spanish Tragedy; The Jew of Malta; The Duchess of Malfi; The White Devil; The Revenger’s Tragedy; Women Beware Women; ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore; Titus Andronicus; The Changeling; The Malcontent. Students will be evaluated on class presentations and written work.
ENGL 7047. Foundlings, Libertines & Prostitutes (Studies in 18th-Century British Literature III) — Dr. Don Nichol (Monday 10:00-1:00)
The Foundling Hospital for Wit hit the streets of London in 1743, coinciding with Pope's final rewrite of his mock-apocalyptic masterpiece, The Dunciad, and wound up six volumes later in 1749 just as Fielding's blockbuster novel, Tom Jones, put foundlings on the literary map.
Its spin-off, The New Foundling Hospital for Wit (1768-73), pulled no punches when it came to satirizing George III (blindfolded on left) and his ministers in the years leading up to the American Revolution.
What part did the Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts of the 18th century play in ridiculing vice, exposing political scandals and generally raising public awareness about Britain's imperial designs?
The main problem with satire is its time-limited relevance — who remembers Sprung cucumbers let alone Swift's sun-beam extractor in the Academy of Lagado? — yet the satirist's mission from John Gay to Ray Guy remains essentially unchanged.
ENGL 7052. Writing Italy: 19th-Century Engagements — Dr. Mark Cumming (Tuesday 10:00-1:00)
This course will introduce topics in Canadian drama written between the sixties and the nineties.
Topics which will be explored include 'regional/isms', 'alternative', 'collectives', 'female voices', 'realism' and 'expanding parameters' among others.
Since drama cannot be considered outside of its theatrical context, we will also consider Canadian theatre or cultural forces, both national and provincial, that surround each topic.
Generally the areas to be studied will include analysis and evaluation of plays, consideration of drama critics and criticism and acknowledgement of the varied theatrical movements at work.
Work will be drawn from Modern Canadian Plays, volumes one and two, and Staging Coyote's Dream, an Anthology of First Nations Drama in English. Supplementary work will be available through the library's reserve services.
This course is designed to expose students to representative critical discourses in the humanities that have in the past helped and are currently helping to shape the discipline of literary/cultural studies. Students will be given opportunities to conduct advanced critical interrogations and practical applications of the theoretical approaches under study through weekly response papers. For these response papers, students are encouraged to choose their own texts (outside of the course) against which to read and apply the critical theory (from Freud, Bakhtin, Bourdieu, and Adorno to de Certeau, Derrida, Źiźeck, and Bill Brown); however, for those interested in Children’s Literature, we will also be concentrating on three specific children’s texts for these practical applications. In addition to Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and Sesame Street’s There’s a Monster at the End of this Book (as well as the Bigfoot books by Graham Roumieu [Me Write Book and I Not Dead]), students can choose their favorite children’s literature to perform such readings; we will investigate the ways in which particular theoretical arguments can be used to enrich a text’s meanings and enable productive alternative readings. For students not wishing to pursue the children’s literature option in this course, the weekly choice of text for the application of theory will be open to one’s research interests and textual preferences.
ENGL 7050. Romantic Bodies (Studies in the 19th Century II) — Dr. Jennifer Lokash
Focus on the transcendentalizing impulse of the Romantic imagination remains a staple in scholarship of the period. However, in the last two decades new work on the materialist underpinnings of Romanticism in fields such as literature and medicine, literature and environment, and diet studies has complicated the traditional view that the literature of this period involves a quest for an ideal realm at the expense of the biological needs of the body. By concentrating on
representations of physical bodies in a variety of British Romantic-era texts—naturalized, sexualized, medicalized, monstrous, etc.—this course will explore the physiological tendencies of Romantic writing and interrogate the boundaries among the life of the mind, the life of the body, and the physical world. We will also question to what extent the form of the text itself, as a kind of embodiment, correlates with its author’s materialist interests and concerns.
ENGL 7066. Early Canadian Writing: A Century of Women 'turning from the tower' — Wandering Women. — Dr. Valerie Legge
In the past literary critics have suggested that Canada's national narratives, the stories of its 'becoming', were shaped largely by a series of dualities or 'solitudes': French and English, hinterland and metropolis, North and South, wilderness and garden. More recently with new developments in the field of contemporary critical theory and cultural studies, we have started to question certain assumptions about our country and its literary history. According to Ajay Heble, "the new contexts of Canadian criticism have forced Canadians to expand their repertoire of contradictory experiences to include, for example, a consideration of the tensions between some of the following: race, class, ethnicity, and gender." In English 7066 (Early Canadian Writing) we will "reread" the early literary history of Canada by focusing on alternative texts written by an eclectic group of women: personal correspondences, spiritual autobiographies, exploration narratives, journals, fairy tales, popular novels, short stories, recitations and travel narratives.
ENGL 7087. Newfoundland and Labrador: Literature and Identity — Dr. Ron Rompkey
English 7087 is a seminar course examining the literary expression of national and regional identity in Newfoundland and Labrador. In particular, it examines the way literature plays a role in a post-colonial society through fictional constructs such as the novel, the letter, the travel narrative, and the memoir. The assigned works will be read in relation to the discursive structures of which they form a part: colonialism, nationalism, imperialism. Student participation will be evaluated through a series of seminar presentations and written papers.
ENGL 7049. The Awakening Conscience: The "Woman Question", Class and Religion in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot. — Dr. Annette Staveley. This course examined the work of Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot in the context of the central issues of the period: “the Woman Question,” class antagonisms, faith and doubt; imperial expansion and increased democracy; social, medical and educational changes; industrial development and scientific progress.
ENGL 7061. Conspiracy Culture: The Paranoid Style in American Postmodernism. — Dr. Chris Lockett. A look at various manifestations of conspiracy theory and conspiracy based paranoia in contemporary culture, starting with the Cold War and progressing through to the current moment. We examined how paranoia functions on the societal level, considering such elements as surveillance, contagion, fears of invasion and infiltration, as well as the paradoxically nostalgic and utopian gestures present in numerous conspiracy narratives. Possible texts included: Auster's City of Glass, DeLillo's Running Dog, Gibson's Neuromancer, Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nabokov's Pale Fire and Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49.
Winter 2009English 7034: Arthurian Literature: Medieval and Modern — Dr. William Schipper
English 7072: Contemporary Canadian Poetry: the Long Poem — Professor Mary
English 7080: Caribbean Literatures — Dr. Rob Finley
English 7086: Readings in Utopian and Dystopian Literature — Dr. Pat Byrne
Fall 2008English 7003: Contemporary Literary Theory — Dr. Valerie Legge
English 7056: Exploring British Postmodernism — Dr. Bradley Clissold
English 7060: Adapting the American Literary Classics — Dr. Andrew Loman
English 7079: Imagining Islands — Dr. Fiona Polack
English 7070: Canadian Drama: Looking Back — Dr. Denyse Lynde
English 7077: Violence and Irish Literature — Dr. Danine Farquharson
English 7042: Dancing Queens and Prancing Queans in Early Modern Urban
Drama — Dr. Peter Ayers
English 7046: Origins of Intellectual Property — Dr. Don Nichol
English 7050: George Eliot — Dr. Mark Cumming
English 7082: Showing and Telling: Photography and Fiction — Dr. Nancy Pedri