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NEW COURSE: Principles of Literary StudiesCollaboratively taught by teams of award-winning professors, English 200 mixes lively seminars with shared weekly lectures, introducing students to important developments and practices in the study of literature.
‘Witty Women, Marriage and the Shakespearean Romantic Comedy’Shakespeare’s comedies are about strong, independent, and witty female characters and the difficulties they face when trying to assert themselves in a patriarchal society. In this course, we will look at six of Shakespeare’s comedies, from the early battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, to the late “problem” comedy, All’s Well that Ends Well.
“Near and Far”
Who is the ideal reader of a literature from “everywhere?” Who benefits from the markets, circulations, and exchanges of world literature? We will read novels, stories, and poems, case histories and debates, listening to theoretical voices along with participants and dissidents.
NEW COURSE: “What is Happening in the English Language Today?”
We will study grammatical changes ongoing in English as it is spoken and written in the twenty-first century. Apart from very obvious changes, such as the use of be like or be all by younger speakers as a ‘quotative’ (And he was like, “I’m out of here”), there are many less obvious changes.
Stefan Dollinger Cambridge University Press 2019 This lively account of the making of Canadian English traces the variety’s conceptual, social and linguistic developments from the twentieth century to the present. This book is not just another history of Canadian English; it is a history of the variety’s discovery, codification, and eventual acceptance, as well as […]
NEW COURSE: “Old, Weird, America”
This course, on pre-imperial US literature, gravitates around ‘weird’ nineteenth-century writing that is fascinated by deformed or disfigured bodies, unlikely or extraordinary events, and what is contaminated or impossible.
NEW COURSE: ‘Anti-/De-/Post-Colonization’
We will read and discuss a selection of diverse literary and cultural texts that engage with both critical theory and Indigenous thought and practice in nuanced and creative ways, from short stories and poetry, to films and art installations.
NEW COURSE: “Early Canadian Writing”How has Canada’s particular colonial history shaped what has been recognised as Canadian literature and culture? How have settlement patterns, geographical features, or political structures affected cultural production in Canada? In this course, we will look at some significant works in Canadian literary culture in English from its emergence in pre-Confederation colonial literature to its development until the end of the World War I.