Introduction to Literature 1006J
MWF 2:30 – 3:20
In The Gossip Game, one person whispers something in their neighbour's ear, the message – as heard – is then passed along around the room until it reaches the last person who says aloud what they have heard. The joke is that it is never what was originally said; however, this certainly does not make it untrue, but moreso just a new variation, a new interpretation, of the original utterance. This class will introduce students to various genres and periods of English Literature with a focus on narrative as story and the underlying truth-claims of those stories. Individuals in the class will be exposed to a variety of mediums (text, film, performance, and image) and will explore a number of different kinds of reading and writing in the broadest sense. Particular attention will be paid to critical approaches to reading and how culture is affected/ infected by the narratives we live with.
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Don McKay, Apparatus
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
(supplemental – Jim Jarmusch, Dead Man)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
(supplemental -- Iron Maiden, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart
(supplemental – Bruce MacDonald, Hard Core Logo)
To be purchased
Michael Turner, Hard Core Logo
To be purchased
George Elliott Clarke, George and Rue
William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
Students will be required to submit 5 short (200 word) papers and 1larger (750 word) paper throughout the term.
Students will be required to submit 2 long (750 word) papers and one term paper (1500 word) critical essay.
students wish to submit alternative projects (ex: films, creative writing,
performance, visual interpretation etc), consideration will most definitely
be given for one assignment per term.
There will be a three hour Christmas exam, and another at year's end in April. Each exam will consist of one long essay and several short answer questions.
Class mark (worth 10% of final grade each term) will be based on how much students participate in class discussions and their attendance. No unexcused absences will be accepted, with each causing a decrease in the final mark. Five unexcused absences will result in the awarding of a Golden "F".