Courses Regularly Taught

English 1006: An Introduction to Literature
This course aims to provide students with a broad introduction to world literature written in English. Female and male writers from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds will be discussed, as will language and genre, both in a modernist context. Because this is an introductory English course, student writing is also a focus of the learning. Through both terms, the course will work its way to addressing a central question: namely, what is the value of literature in the late twentieth century? 6 credit hours.

English 2006: The Study of Literature
This course takes a predominantly modernist approach to the study of fiction and poetry written in English. Explorations of British, American, and Canadian modernist expressions will form the locus of our study, as will the evolution of modernism into a fin-de-siecle postmodernism. (These terms are defined throughout the course of the year.) Because the movement from modernism to postmodernism informs so much of our contemporary culture, I have chosen to build this more advanced "study of literature" around that fundamental shift; the course remains, however, a survey-based extension of English 1-200. 6 credit hours.

English 2383: Reading Popular Culture
This course will study the mythic and narrative elements of the following popular texts: computers, cartoons, gender, wrestling, soaps, tabloid journalism, trash talk shows, sports, fashion, reality tv, fairy tales, rock videos, slasher films, policing, and other texts that students choose. Our cultural analyses will be aided by close readings of literary and cultural theories, including myth criticism and psychoanalytic theory, as well as the theories of Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Laura Mulvey, Mikhail Bakhtin, Jacques Lacan, John Fiske, Judith Williamson, and others. The purpose of this course is to equip students with the language and theories necessary for informed cultural literacy.

Method of Instruction: Collaborative, meaning short lectures, frequent discussions, music and video, group work, and student presentations. This course, unlike some others, requires the active participation of students in the learning endeavour. You will be expected to participate in discussions, and to work toward a major small-group presentation. You will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of your participation in class and during your group presentation.

Composition of Grade:

Group Presentation: 15%
Class Participation: 15%
Reading Quizzes: 20%
Short Paper: 15%
Final Exam: 35%

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Category: Cultural Studies and Literary Theory and Method

English 2473: The Maritimes in Literature, Film, and Art
This course approaches the cultural mosaic of Eastern Canada from many angles, focussing mostly on the fiction and poetry of our region, but also on the film and visual representations of Maritime artists. After a brief examination of pre-Confederation writers, the particular emphasis in the course is on the literature, film, and visual/musical art of the twentieth century. Some of the artists we study include Buckler, Bruce, Maillet, Richards, Colville, Pratt, Currie, Kerslake, Nowlan, and Domanski. 3 credit hours.

Texts Required: Readings (first two weeks & later--see syllabus) on reserve in the Harriet Irving Library (HIL). Books: Ernest Buckler, The Mountain and the Valley (M&S); Antonine Maillet, La Sagouine (UofT); Alistair MacLeod, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (M&S); David Adams Richards, Nights Below Station Street (M&S); Alden Nowlan, Selected Poems (Anansi).

Method of Instruction: A collaborative mix of lectures, discussions, and student presentations. Because of the size of the class, I will have to lecture; however, students will be responsible for making group presentations at the beginning of most classes. I will lecture on the literature assigned, and the groups will make presentations on related aspects of the culture, art, or history of our region. As in my other classes, active and regular student participation will form the basis of the learning. The course is designed and built around the participation of students in the learning endeavour. You will be called on for your opinion, and you will be expected to contribute meaningfully to the learning of your peers. You will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of your participation in class and during your group presentation.

Composition of Grade:

Class Participation: 10 or 20% (you choose)
Reading Quizzes (unannounced): 20%
Class Presentation & Handout (Peer Evaluated): 10%
Formal Essay: 20%
Final Exam: 30 or 40% (you choose)

**** Students are strongly encouraged to visit my Web Page <> for more detailed information about class work, expectations, and requirements.

Category: National or Regional

English 3403: Canadian Poetry
One of the challenges faced by Canadian poets in the last hundred years has been to find what Ralph Gustafson has called "the Canadian accent." To explore "accent," this course broadly surveys the major movements, traditions, periods, and figures in Canadian poetry since its beginnings--from the eighteenth century origins of Canadian poetry, through the Confederation and early modernist periods, to its flowering in Montreal in the 1950s and the west coast in the 1960s. Questions of nationalism, identity, region, landscape, ethnicity, and biculturalism are explored, as is the mid-century split between the pan-Canadianism of Purdy and Atwood, and the anti-nationalism of the TISH group. Students are encouraged to assess the literature in terms of the various definitions of what it means to be Canadian. 3 credit hours.

English 3433: The Literature of Africa and the West Indies
This course introduces students to the range of literary expressions of writers from Third World and Emerging Black cultures (i.e., the West Indies and Africa). The two major genres studied are the novel and drama, though some poetry and a few essays are also examined. The focus of the course will be to study the voices, themes, and concerns of the colonized, those who were swept up by British expansionism in the 18th and 19th centuries. 3 credit hours.

English 3453: The Literature of the Settler Colonies, Canada & South Pacific
This course introduces students to the range of literary expressions of European settlers in the first-world British colonies, mostly the colonies of the South Pacific. As well, the course examines the constructions of indigeneity and hybridity of both diasporic whites and native peoples. The course will focus on how non-canonical literary histories have been constructed to create cultural identities independent of the British centre, and how Aboriginal movements such as Jindyworobak and Maori rivinui have been instrumental in redefining centres. 3 credit hours.

English 4556: Cultural and Media Studies Honours Seminar
This seminar moves from a historio-theoretical footing--the work of culturalists such as Matthew Arnold, F.R. Leavis, Richard Hoggart, Raymond Williams, E.P. Thompson, and Stuart Hall--to address the ideas of contemporary thinkers on populism, advertising, media, and technology. Various forms of cultural imperialism--including the perennial frictions between high and low culture; the ideologies of text, canon, and literacy; and the mediation of information by corporations and the state--are examined. The seminar deals with the myriad ways that English is practiced, learned, and taught in the 21st century, and equips students with the language and theories required for informed media and cultural literacy. 6 credit hours.

English 4946: Canadian Fiction and Film Seminar
I. Canadian Studies: GeneralCanadian Studies has continued to gain both momentum and popularity in recent years. With few exceptions, Canadian universities with graduate programmes offer a range of courses in Canadian Studies that reflect the special interests of their faculty. The programmes across the country are wide-ranging and innovative, most informed by the related disciplines of cultural, post-colonial, and post-structural studies. It is, in fact, becoming increasingly rare that Canadian literature is taught independently of the social, historical, archival, indigenous, and multicultural elements that are at its core. Rather, there continues to emerge a vast range of hybrid programmes that match Canadian literature with other aspects of culture, theory, textuality, or ethnicity. It seems only logical that to be informed about and responsive to what is happening across the country, a course in Canadian Fiction should reflect the notion of complementarity. The course below, Canadian Fiction and Film, will do so by putting visual and written text into interrogative counterpoise.

II. Course Description: (ENGLISH 4946: Canadian Fiction and Film)
Description/Calendar Copy: This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore the wide range and various dimensions of Canadian story. Using the primary genres of the novel and film, the course will make its way across the country, stopping region by region to examine, through written and visual text, what writers and film-makers are saying about the uniqueness of their place. From that, we will construct a more informed sense of our nationhood than most of us already have. Because this is an honours seminar, Canadian theorists of "place" and "nation" such as Northrop Frye, George Grant, Linda Hutcheon, John Ralston Saul, Laurence Ricou, Doug Jones, Marshall McLuhan, and others will also come within our purview.

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