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

  • ENGB27 Charting Literary History I
  • ENGB31 Romance: In Quest of the Marvelous
  • ENGB39 Tolkien’s Middle Ages
  • ENGC29 Chaucer
  • ENGC30 Studies in Medieval Literature
  • ENGC40 Medieval Life Writing
  • ENGD29 Chaucer’s Early Works
  • ENGD30 Topics in Medieval Literature

 

Early Modern (Renaissance) Literature

  • ENGB27 Charting Literary History I
  • ENGB32 Shakespeare in Context I
  • ENGB33 Shakespeare in Context II
  • ENGC10 Studies in Shakespeare
  • ENGC33 Deceit, Dissent, and the English Civil Wars, 1603-1660
  • ENGC34 Early Modern Women and Literature, 1500-1700
  • ENGC35 Imagined Communities in Early Modern England, 1500-1700
  • ENGD14 Topics in Early Modern English Literature and Culture
  • ENGD19 Theoretical Approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture
     

 

Long 18th Century British Literature

  • ENGB28 Charting Literary History II
  • ENGC36 Literature & Culture, 1660-1750
  • ENGC37 Literature & Culture, 1750-1830
  • ENGC38 Novel Genres: Fiction, Journalism, News, and Autobiography, 1640-1750
  • ENGC39 The Early Novel in Context, 1740-1830
  • ENGC69 Gothic Literature
  • ENGD18 Topics in the Long Eighteenth-Century, 1660-1830
     

 

Long 19th Century British Literature (Romantic & Victorian)

  • ENGB28 Charting Literary History II
  • ENGC21 The Victorian Novel
  • ENGC22 Victorian Popular Fiction
  • ENGC25 Victorian Poetry & Prose
  • ENGC42 Romanticism
  • ENGC43 Nineteenth-Century Literature & Contemporary Culture
  • ENGC69 Gothic Literature
  • ENGD43 Topics in Romanticism, 1750-1850
  • ENGD48 Studies in Major Victorian Writers
  • ENGD89 Topics in the Victorian Period
     

 

Modernism, Modernity, and Postmodernity

  • ENGA10 Literature & Film for Our Time: Visions & Revisions
  • ENGA11 Literature & Film for Our Time: Dawn of the Digital
  • ENGB14 Twentieth-Century Drama
  • ENGB28 Charting Literary History II
  • ENGB75 Cinema & Modernity I
  • ENGB76 Cinema & Modernity II
  • ENGC47 Modernist Poetry
  • ENGC80 Modernist Narrative
  • ENGD07 Studies in Postmodern Poetry
  • ENGD13 Rap Poetics
  • ENGD42 Studies in Major Modernist Writers
  • ENGD91 Avant-Garde Cinema

 

Canadian Literature

  • ENGB06 Canadian Literature to 1900
  • ENGB07 Canadian Literature 1900 to Present
  • ENGB25 The Canadian Short Story
  • ENGC01 Indigenous Literature of Turtle Island (Canada)
  • ENGC02 Major Canadian Authors
  • ENGC03 Topics in Canadian Fiction
  • ENGC07 Canadian Drama
  • ENGC09 Canadian Poetry
  • ENGC70 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980
  • ENGC71 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980
  • ENGD57 Studies in Major Canadian Writers
  • ENGD58 Topics in Canadian Literature
  • ENGD80 Women and Canadian Writing
  • ENGD84 Canadian Writing for the New Century
     

 

American Literature

  • ENGB08 American Literature to 1860
  • ENGB09 American Literature from the Civil War to the Present
  • ENGC12 Individualism and Community in American Literature
  • ENGC13 Ethnic Traditions in American Literature
  • ENGC50 Studies in Contemporary American Fiction
  • ENGC70 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980
  • ENGC71 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980
  • ENGC91 American Realisms
  • ENGD59 Topics in American Poetry
  • ENGD60 Topics in American Prose
     

Posctolonial, Diasporic, and World Literatures

  • ENGB17 Contemporary Literature from the Caribbean
  • ENGB19 Contemporary Literature from South Asia
  • ENGB22 Contemporary Literature from Africa
  • ENGC01 Indigenous Literature of Turtle Island (Canada)
  • ENGC13 Ethnic Traditions in American Lit
  • ENGC18 Colonial & Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGC19 Transnational Literature
  • ENGC51 Contemporary Arab Women Writers
  • ENGC59 Geography and Regionalism in Lit
  • ENGC70 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980
  • ENGC71 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980
  • ENGC83 Studies in World Cinema
  • ENGC84 Cinema and Migration
  • ENGD08 Topics in African Literature
  • ENGD62 Topics in Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGD71 Studies in Arab North-American Lit
  • ENGD96 Iranian Cinema
     

Form and Genre

Aspects of Theory

  • ENGA01 What Is Literature?
  • ENGA02 Critical Writing About Literature
  • ENGB50 Women and Literature: Forging a Tradition
  • ENGB74 The Body and Literature in Film
  • ENGC12 Individualism and Community in American Literature
  • ENGC15 Introduction to Theory and Criticism
  • ENGC44 Self & Other in Literature and Film
  • ENGC54 Gender and Genre
  • ENGC59 Geography and Regionalism in Literature
  • ENGC82 Cinema Studies: Themes & Theories
  • ENGD03 Topics in Contemporary Literary Theory
  • ENGD19 Theoretical Approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • ENGD55 Literature, Politics, Revolution
  • ENGD93 Theoretical Approaches to Cinema
  • ENGD98 Capstone Seminar
     

Literature, Culture, and the Other Arts

  • ENGB30 Classical Myth and Literature
  • ENGB37 Popular Literature & Mass Culture
  • ENGB52 Literature and Science
  • ENGC11 Poetry and Popular Culture
  • ENGC16 The Bible and Literature I
  • ENGC17 The Bible and Literature II
  • ENGC22 Victorian Popular Fiction
  • ENGC36 Literature & Culture, 1660-1750
  • ENGC43 19th Century Literature & Contemporary Culture
  • ENGC56 Literature & Media: From Page to Screen
  • ENGC89 Creative Writing & Performance
  • ENGC90 Topics in Classical Myth and Lit
  • ENGD13 Rap Poetics
  • ENGD50 Fake Friends & A.I.: The Human-Robot Relationship in Lit & Culture
  • ENGD54 Comparative Approaches to Literature & Culture
  • ENGD68 Topics in Literature and Religion
     

Literature and Film Studies

  • ENGA10 Literature & Film for Our Time: Visions & Revisions
  • ENGA11 Literature & Film for Our Time: Dawn of the Digital
  • ENGB70 How to Read a Film
  • ENGB74 The Body in Literature and Film
  • ENGB75 Cinema and Modernity I
  • ENGB76 Cinema and Modernity II
  • ENGC44 Self and Other in Literature and Film
  • ENGC56 Literature & Media: From Page to Screen
  • ENGC78 Dystopian Visions in Fiction and Film
  • ENGC82 Cinema Studies: Themes & Theories
  • ENGC83 Studies in World Cinema
  • ENGC84 Cinema and Migration
  • ENGD52 Cinema:  Auteur Theory
  • ENGD62 Topics in Postcolonial Lit & Film
  • ENGD91 Avant-Garde Cinema
  • ENGD93 Theoretical Approaches to Cinema
  • ENGD94 Stranger Than Fiction: The Documentary Film
     

Creative Writing

  • ENGB60 Creative Writing: Poetry I
  • ENGB61 Creative Writing: Fiction I
  • ENGB63 Creative Nonfiction I
  • ENGC04 Creative Writing: Screenwriting
  • ENGC05 Creative Writing: Poetry & New Media
  • ENGC06 Creative Writing: Writing for Comics
  • ENGC08 Special Topics in Creative Writing I
  • ENGC24 Creative Writing: The Art of the Personal Essay
  • ENGC86 Creative Writing: Poetry II
  • ENGC87 Creative Writing: Fiction II
  • ENGC88 Creative Nonfiction II
  • ENGC89 Creative Writing and Performance
  • ENGD22 Special Topics in Creative Writing II
  • ENGD26 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGD27 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Prose
  • ENGD28 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Special Topics
  • ENGD95 Creative Writing as a Profession