Graduate Course Offerings

Tentative 2018-2019 Courses 

Note: English 6999 (Master's Research Essay) is available every semester, though students are encouraged to take this course in the Spring semester.

FALL 2018

English 7003: Trends in Contemporary Critical Theory (required course) (Dr. Fiona Polack, Wednesdays, 10 am - 1 pm)

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This course will address compelling areas of theoretical discussion currently animating the highly diversified and porous discipline of English. Students will consider contemporary thought relating to topics including the Anthropocene and climate change; Indigenous ways of knowing; posthumanism; and social and economic precarity. To deepen our theoretical explorations, we will read apposite literary work in a variety of genres from writers across the globe. The key aims of English 7003 are to map influential early twenty-first-century critical reading and writing practices, and, concurrently, to strengthen students’ capacities to think, research, read, and write at the graduate level.

English 7650: Newfoundland Drama (Dr. Denyse Lynde, Mondays 10 am – 1 pm)

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(Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland)

Newfoundland Drama will introduce students to key texts of the province’s dramatic literature. Since drama cannot be considered outside of its theatrical context, we will examine such topics as drama as performance, collaborative performance, and the single-actor format, and further consider what various forms are being explored and exploded. Also, students will be introduced to the STAGE oral history project and will work directly with STAGE original material in their course research. See and for more information.

English 7352: Magic Wor(l)ds: Fantasy, Space, and Language (Dr. Christopher Lockett, Fridays 10 am – 1 pm)

Magic Worlds

As J.R.R. Tolkien argues, the roots of the very idea of magic come from our relationship to language: specifically, in language’s capacity to conjure and create, “to give to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.” (OK, that last bit was Shakespeare, but you get the idea.) “Magic” in this respect is fabulously banal, synonymous with the everyday practices of naming and taxonomy, but also implicit in exercises of discursive power. Fantasy as genre takes magic out of the realm of the banal, but in the process provides a narrative form (or rather, a multiplicity of narrative forms) with which to explore and critique these concerns. This course will consider the varieties of fantasy in relation to the creation of imaginary worlds, and those worlds’ function as linguistic and semantic constructs. We will consider a broad and eclectic selection of texts from medieval romance to contemporary fantasy, and look at the ways in which allegory and romance, realism and metonymy, and genre and history intersect in the creation of imaginary, fantastic, and virtual worlds.

English 7205: The Podcast (creative writing) (Professor Lisa Moore, Thursdays 7 - 10 pm)


During this course we will experiment with recorded sound to create new forms of narrative. Students will have the opportunity to make individual and collectively written radio drama, creative non-fiction sound essays, audio interviews, and sound art. Students will present audio art projects for peer critique each week and we will critique current and contemporary podcasts and sound projects. We will explore the power of the human voice when telling a story, the intimacy of the earbud, found sound, the spontaneity and immediacy of the spoken word, and the construction of soundscapes to enhance contemporary narrative.

English 7600: Medieval Topography (Dr. John Geck, Mondays 2 - 5 pm)

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(T and O map, showing the division of the world in Asia, Africa, and Europe)

“World building” has long been a term of art in critical assessments of science fiction and fantasy, but it has been used less in the study of medieval travel literature. Preceding the so-called “Age of Discovery,” the European Middle Ages (ca. 500 – 1500) was a period marked by travel and cultural exchange; Muslim, Christian, Jewish, African, and Asian travellers (or their audiences) would then attempt to describe these exchanges and reconcile them with the various cosmologies that governed their cultures. In this course, we will read a series of medieval travel narratives, both fiction and (purportedly) non-fiction, including those by Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, John Mandeville, Wu Cheng'en, and Benjamin of Tudela. In addition to seeing what these works say about the Middle Ages, we will also interrogate the historiography that has shaped both medieval studies and modern popular understandings of race, religion, and identity. Secondary literature will include works by Suzanne Akbari, Geraldine Heng, Mary Baine Campbell, Catherine Holmes and Naomi Standen, Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, and Homi K. Bhabha, among others.


Shakespearean Adaptation (Dr. Robert Ormsby)

Graphic Storytelling (Dr. Nancy Pedri)

"Canada Reads": Literary Prizes, the CBC, and the Canonization of CanLit (Dr. Caitlin Charman)

Here and Away: Creative Non-fiction (Dr. Robert Finley)

Current Courses


English 7325: Media and Urban Life (Dr. Dwayne Avery, Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30)

Media Cities

Media and Urban Life explores the theoretical, representational, and experiential intersections between modern media and urban societies. Using a cultural theory approach, we will use conceptual tools to analyze media forms and urban cultural artifacts; the course will also foreground the ways in which recent media theory has been shaped by important theoretical works in the study of urban life.

List of past graduate courses


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