Routes and Threads through the English Program

The following categories offer a broad orientation to English as a discipline and suggest some of our department’s core areas of strength. They can be a guide for selecting related courses as students move through the program. They also highlight some of the possible routes and threads students can follow as they develop particular areas of interest.    

 

Students should keep in mind that these categories are not mutually exclusive and that an important aspect of studying English literature involves thinking critically about the construction of historical and thematic boundaries. Students are also encouraged to develop thematic routes and threads through the program that reflect their individual areas of interest. Faculty members are available for individual consultation to discuss possibilities. 

 

Medieval Literature 

ENGB27H3 Charting Literary History I 

ENGB31H3 The Romance: In Quest of the Marvelous 

ENGB39H3 Tolkien’s Middle Ages 

ENGC29H3 Chaucer 

ENGC30H3 Studies in Medieval Literature 

ENGD29H3 Chaucer at Work 

ENGD30H3 Topics in Medieval Literature 

 

Early Modern (Renaissance) Literature 

ENGB27H3 Charting Literary History I 

ENGB32H3 Shakespeare in Context I 

ENGB33H3 Shakespeare in Context II 

ENGC10H3 Studies in Shakespeare 

ENGC33H3 Deceit, Dissent, and the English Civil Wars, 1603-1660 

ENGC34H3 Early Modern Women and Literature, 1500-1700 

ENGC35H3 Imagined Communities in Early Modern England, 1500-1700 

ENGD14H3 Topics in Early Modern Literature and Culture 

ENGD19H3 Theoretical Approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture 

 

Long 18th-Century British Literature   

ENGB28H3 Charting Literary History II 

ENGC36H3 Literature and Culture, 1660-1750 

ENGC37H3 Literature and Culture, 1750-1830 

ENGC38H3 Novel Genres: Fiction, Journalism, News, and Autobiography, 1640-1750 

ENGC39H3 The Early Novel in Context, 1740-1830 

ENGC69H3 Gothic Literature  

ENGD18H3 Topics in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830 

 

Long 19th-Century British Literature (Includes Romantic and Victorian) 

ENGB28H3 Charting Literary History II 

ENGB45H3 Victorian Literature 

ENGC21H3 The Victorian Novel to 1860 

ENGC22H3 The Victorian Novel after 1860 

ENGC42H3 Romanticism 

ENGC43H3 Nineteenth-Century Literature and Contemporary Culture 

ENGC69H3 Gothic Literature 

ENGD43H3 Topics in Romanticism, 1750-1850 

ENGD48H3 Studies in Major Victorian Writers 

ENGD89H3 Topics in the Victorian Period 

 

Modernism, Modernity, and Postmodernity 

ENGA10H3 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Literature and Film: 1890 to World War II 

ENGA11H3 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Literature and Film: 1945 to Today 

ENGB14H3 Twentieth-Century Drama 

ENGB28H3 Charting Literary History II 

ENGB75H3 Cinema and Modernity I 

ENGB76H3 Cinema and Modernity II 

ENGC47H3 Modernist Poetry 

ENGC80H3 Modernist Narrative 

ENGD07H3 Studies in Postmodern Poetry 

ENGD13H3 Rap Poetics 

ENGD42H3 Studies in Major Modernist Writers 

ENGD91H3 Avant-Garde Cinema 

 

Canadian Literature 

ENGB06H3 Canadian Literature I: Imagining the Nation 

ENGB07H3 Canadian Literature II: Re-imagining the Nation 

ENGB25H3 The Canadian Short Story 

ENGC01H3 Indigenous Literature in Canada/Turtle Island 

ENGC02H3 Major Canadian Authors 

ENGC03H3 Topics in Canadian Fiction 

ENGC07H3 Canadian Drama 

ENGC09H3 Canadian Poetry 

ENGC70H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980 

ENGC71H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980 

ENGD57H3 Studies in Major Canadian Writers 

ENGD58H3 Topics in Canadian Literature 

ENGD80H3 Women and Canadian Writing 

ENGD84H3 Canadian Writing for the New Century 

 

American Literature 

ENGB08H3 American Literature to 1860 

ENGB09H3 American Literature from the Civil War to the Present 

ENGC12H3 Individualism and Community in American Literature 

ENGC13H3 Ethnic Traditions in American Literature 

ENGC50H3 Studies in Contemporary American Fiction 

ENGC70H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980 

ENGC71H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980 

ENGC91H3 American Realisms 

ENGD59H3 Topics in American Poetry 

ENGD60H3 Topics in American Prose 

 

Postcolonial, Diasporic, and World Literatures 

ENGB17H3 Contemporary Literature from the Caribbean 

ENGB19H3 Contemporary Literature from South Asia 

ENGB22H3 Contemporary Literature from Africa 

ENGC01H3 Indigenous Literature in Canada: Turtle Island

ENGC13H3 Ethnic Traditions in American Literature

ENGC18H3 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

ENGC19H3 Transnational Literature

ENGC51H3 Contemporary Arab Women Writers 

ENGC59H3 Geography and Regionalism in Literature 

ENGC70H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980 

ENGC71H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980 

ENGC83H3 Studies in World Cinema 

ENGC84H3 Cinema and Migration 

ENGD08H3 Topics in African Literature 

ENGD62H3 Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Film 

ENGD71H3 Studies in Arab North American Literature 

ENGD96H3 Iranian Cinema 

 

Form and Genre 

ENGB03H3 Critical Thinking About Narrative 

ENGB04H3 Critical Thinking About Poetry 

ENGB12H3 Life Writing 

ENGB31H3 The Romance: In Quest of the Marvelous 

ENGB34H3 The Short Story 

ENGB35H3 Children’s Literature 

ENGB38H3 The Graphic Novel

ENGC23H3 Fantasy and the Fantastic in Literature and the Other Arts 

ENGC26H3 Drama: Tragedy 

ENGC27H3 Drama: Comedy 

ENGC48H3 Satire 

ENGC54H3 Gender and Genre 

ENGC69H3 Gothic Literature 

ENGC78H3 Dystopian Visions in Fiction and Film 

ENGD07H3 Studies in Postmodern Poetry 

ENGD12H3 Topics in Life Writing 

ENGD13H3 Rap Poetics 

ENGD53H3 Studies in Popular Genres

ENGD94H3 Stranger Than Fiction: The Documentary Film

 

Aspects of Theory 

ENGB50H3 Women and Literature: Forging a Tradition 

ENGB74H3 The Body in Literature and Film 

ENGC12H3 Individualism and Community in American Literature

ENGC15H3 Concepts in Literary Criticism 

ENGC44H3 Self and Other in Literature and Film

ENGC54H3 Gender and Genre 

ENGC59H3 Geography and Regionalism in Literature 

ENGC82H3 Cinema Studies: Themes and Theories 

ENGD03H3 Topics in Contemporary Literary Theory 

ENGD19H3 Theoretical Approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture 

ENGD55H3 Literature, Politics, Revolution 

ENGD93H3 Theoretical Approaches to Cinema 

ENGD98Y3 Senior Essay and Capstone Seminar  

 

Literature, Culture, and the Other Arts 

ENGA10H3 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Literature and Film, 1890 to World War II 

ENGA11H3 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Literature and Film, 1945 to Today 

ENGB30H3 Classical Myth and Literature

ENGB37H3 Popular Literature and Mass Culture 

ENGB52H3 Literature and Science

ENGC11H3 Poetry and Popular Culture 

ENGC16H3 The Bible and Literature I

ENGC17H3 The Bible and Literature II

ENGC36H3 Literature and Culture, 1660-1750

ENGC37H3 Literature and Culture, 1750-1830

ENGC43H3 Nineteenth-Century Literature and Contemporary Culture 

ENGC54H3 Gender and Genre 

ENGC56H3 Literature and Media: From Page to Screen 

ENGC89H3 Creative Writing and Performance

ENGC90H3 Topics in Classical Myth and Literature

ENGD13H3 Rap Poetics

ENGD52H3 Cinema: The Auteur Theory

ENGD54H3 Comparative Approaches to Literature and Culture

ENGD68H3 Topics in Literature and Religion

 

Creative Writing 

ENGB60H3 Creative Writing: Poetry I 

ENGB61H3 Creative Writing: Fiction I 

ENGB63H3 Creative Non-Fiction I 

ENGC04H3 Creative Writing: Screenwriting 

ENGC05H3 Creative Writing: Poetry and New Media 

ENGC06H3 Creative Writing: Writing for Comics 

ENGC08H3 Special Topics in Creative Writing I 

ENGC86H3 Creative Writing: Poetry II 

ENGC87H3 Creative Writing: Fiction II 

ENGC88H3 Creative Non-Fiction II 

ENGC89H3 Creative Writing and Performance

ENGD22H3 Special Topics in Creative Writing II 

ENGD26Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Poetry 

ENGD27Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Prose 

ENGD28Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Special Topics 

ENGD95H3 Creative Writing as a Profession

 

Literature and Film Studies 

ENGA11 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Literature and Film: 1890 to World War II

ENGB70H3 Introduction to Cinema 

ENGB74H3 The Body in Literature and Film 

ENGB75H3 Cinema and Modernity I 

ENGB76H3 Cinema and Modernity II 

ENGC44H3 Self and Other in Literature and Film

ENGC56H3 Literature and Media: From Page to Screen 

ENGC78H3 Dystopian Visions in Fiction and Film 

ENGC82H3 Cinema Studies: Themes and Theories 

ENGC83H3 Studies in World Cinema 

ENGC84H3 Cinema and Migration 

ENGD52H3 Cinema: The Auteur Theory 

ENGD62H3 Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Film 

ENGD91H3 Avant-Garde Cinema 

ENGD93H3 Theoretical Approaches to Cinema 

ENGD94H3 Stranger than Fiction: The Documentary Film 

ENGD96H3 Iranian Cinema