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We are thrilled to be welcoming four new faculty to the Department of English Language and Literatures: Sarika Bose, Ayasha Guerin, Christine Kim and Derek Woods.
Did you know that the course descriptions we’ve provided here are more detailed than the course descriptions in the UBC Calendar or listed on the SSC? Feel free to look through to find courses you’re interested in.
October 21, 2020 Zoom lecture by A. Naomi Paik on 21 October 2020, which will begin at 3 PM Pacific / 5 PM Central Zoom meeting login details will be provided upon RSVP (we ask attendees to RSVP individually and avoid forwarding the meeting details to others)
Environment and Literature Mo Pareles Term 1 MWF, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM “Reading Animality” This introduction to animal studies theory examines how we define the human by excluding the animal, and how racial, sexual, and other forms of difference overlap with human-animal difference in contemporary literature and culture. Readings include stories, poems, and novels by Arthur […]
World Literature in English Tara Lee Term 1 MWF, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Magic, Border Crossing, and Postcolonial Imaginings This course delves into the wonder, pain, and possibilities of storytelling in works set in Australia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Jamaica, and India, as well as in spaces of transit and transformation. Each of these locations embody complex […]
Introduction to Indigenous Literatures
This course will examine contemporary articulations of Indigenous identity, politics and cultural traditions in the field of literature, through the genres of the novel, poetry, plays/drama, film, and other modes of resurgent cultural expression.
Approaches to Media History Derek Woods Term 2 MWF, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM In this course, we zoom out to do an overview of media history by looking at three interlocking regions. The first is the region of system, understood in terms of the relationship between media, social organization, and power, from the early writing systems […]
“‘I would Prefer Not To’: Work in US Literature”
One of COVID-19’s effects has been to complicate our relationship with work. In the US, unemployment rates have shot up, “essential” labour is being redefined and in many cases coerced, and labour activism is on the rise. This course will shed light on current struggles by looking to the US’s rich history of literature about work […]
“So Much Drama! 18th-Century Theatre
After the silence of the Puritan Commonwealth, London’s theatres burst into social, artistic and ideological prominence in the long eighteenth century. Through heroic drama, tragedy, burlesque, laughing comedy, weeping comedy, plays contributed to cultural dialogues on the relative identities of the nation and the individual through such conflicting elements as noble heroics, razor wit, political subversion, historical revisionism, and some rather explicit sex.[…]
“Whodunit? The Golden Age of Detective Fiction”
This course introduces students to representative texts in the British tradition of detective fiction that flourished in the genre’s formative era from the mid-Victorian period to the “golden age” of crime fiction in the 1920s and 30s. It seeks to explore that enduring appeal by reading our texts with an eye not only to their historical and political frameworks, but also to their engagement with such concepts as knowledge, identity, truth, and rationality.