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According to science educators and some environmental writers, plant blindness is a condition unique to Homo sapiens. In a nutshell, the concept describes humanity’s alienation from the botanical world in modernity…
Approaches to Non-fictional Prose Bo Earle Term 1 MWF, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm “Writing Adventure” This course explores literature of exploration both in the natural wilderness and in the wildernesses of culture and politics, considering topics including mountain climbing, surfing, manual labour and craftsmanship, environmentalism, psychology, sexism and racism. This class has a relatively […]
“African Americans In Their Own Words “
Autobiography has played a central role in the African American literary tradition. In this course we will examine the relationship between language, memory and the self, through the act of telling one’s story.
“‘Down the Rabbit Hole’: Child and Nation in British Fantasy Literature for Children”
The literature we will explore in this course will focus on British children’s fantasy literature, which relies on British and European national myths of adventure, religion and selfhood.
“Survival Narratives in Canadian YA Fiction”
In this course, we will focus on a range of Canadian young adult novels from the mid-nineteenth century to the present which explore the theme of survival in a variety of guises.
“Canadian English in Vancouver”
Is eh Canadian? Is there Canadian English? Is toque really Canadian (what is it, anyway?)?
In this course, we will explore the method of the written questionnaire in the social variation of English, a method that has been sidelined for most of the 20th century until quite recently (sociolinguists generally prefer interviews, but not so quick!) […]
“Romantic Period Literature”Whether or not we admit it, we are all Romantics to the extent that we identify primarily as ‘individuals:’ Romanticism initiated modernity’s paradoxically collective, social preoccupation with what it means to lead a unique life of one’s own.
This course explores literary responses to the many real and imagined technological innovations of the Victorian period: electric power, the telegraph, telephone, photograph, phonograph, automaton, typewriter, time machine, flying machine, automobile, and railway.
Children’s Literature Gisèle Baxter Term 1 MWF, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM “Something in the Shadows is Watching” “You are always in danger in the forest, where no people are.” Angela Carter, “The Company of Wolves” From The Turn of the Screw to The Others, creepy children frequently haunt Gothic texts. But what of Gothic texts assuming a […]
“Seoul Searching: Literature, Desire, and the Korean Diaspora”
We will examine Korean diasporic literature for how it depicts topics such as model minority experiences, racialized feelings, the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and class, the legacies of war, colonialism, and imperialism for generations removed from these events, and …