Please Enter a Search Term

Graduate Courses

Graduate programs in the Department of English are offered regularly throughout the academic year. Upcoming courses are highlighted below; for more detailed information please contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator.  

Winter 2015 (subject to change)

English 7038: Early Modern Writers as Critics

This course explores the links between literary criticism and literature through the works of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English essayists, poets, and dramatists. The literary/critical ideas and approaches of Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, Thomas Heywood, Philip Massinger, and John Milton will be considered in relation to their literary writings. The select readings will cover all the major genres of the period: pastoral and allegory, epic and romance, religious and lyric poetry, comedy and tragedy. Apart from examining the art and craft of writing as defined by Renaissance practitioners, the discussions will focus on the social, political, and religious roles that literary works were assigned or acquired in early modern England.

Tuesdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Dr. Agnes Juhasz-Ormsby (



English 7064: Hardboiled (Noir) Fiction

Hardboiled fiction is a widely recognizable literary genre almost formulaic in its narrative conventions and stylized characterizations. This course investigates the rich literary history of hardboiled fiction through representative texts and critically explores how hardboiled subject matters and aesthetic practices get nuanced in relation to changing socioeconomic contexts and alternating nationalist perspectives (especially those involving gender, race, and sexuality). Indeed, hardboiled aesthetics and genre conventions are discernible everywhere and continue to shape a variety of cultural production, from films like the sci-fi noir Blade Runner (1982) and the slacker noir The Big Lebowski (1998) to graphic novels like Frank Miller’s Sin City series (1991-2000) and video games like Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noir (2011). Critical discussions will focus on the legacy of hardboiled stylistics in contemporary cultural production, and how ideological shifts reaccentuate hardboiled aesthetics and tweak character representations, most notably via changing gender roles, race relations, and the use of alternative sexualities.

Wednesdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Dr. Brad Clissold (

English 7071: Atlantic-Canadian Sea Stories and the Oceanic Imagination

Environmental scholars have long argued that there is a strong relationship between how we represent environments and how we treat them. Lawrence Buell, for instance, says, “environmental crisis involves a crisis of imagination, the amelioration of which depends on finding better ways of imaging nature and humanity’s relation to it.” In the western world, this crisis of imagination is particularly acute when it comes to our understanding of ocean environments. This course traces the way(s) that the ocean has been imagined in Atlantic-Canadian literature from the period John Bell calls “The Golden Age of the Atlantic Sea Story” (1900-1930) to the present day, to investigate the relationship between how we have imagined the ocean and how we have treated it over the past century. Our study will focus mainly on fiction like Joshuah Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around the World, Kenneth J. Harvey’s post-apocalyptic vision of the cod collapse, The Town that Forgot How to Breathe, and Lisa Moore’s novel of the Ocean Ranger disaster, February, but we will also consider Sue Goyette’s poetry collection, Ocean, and possibly some non-fiction. We will be taking an interdisciplinary approach, though the course’s theoretical foundation will be cultural geography, environmental history, and policy.

Thursdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Dr. Caitlin Charman (


Spring 2015

English 7074: Contemporary Newfoundland Fiction

Dr. Larry Mathews (

Tentative Course Topics, Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

Difficult Men
Creative Writing: Fiction
Contemporary Theory and Practice
Medieval Romance
Public Intellectuals
Graphic Storytelling
Global Renaissance
Creative Writing: Poetry

Past courses: Fall 2014

English 7003: Contemporary Literary Theory and Practice. The University in Ruins? The Idea and Use of the University

Dr. Danine Farquharson (

English 7052: "What the Dickens" is it all about? Charles Dickens and Women: Can We Forgive Him?

Dr. Annette Staveley (

English 7066: Colonial Fantasies & Nationalist Fairytales

Dr. Valerie Legge (

English 7070: Canadian Drama

Dr. Denyse Lynde (