2022-23 Fall and Winter 200 Level Courses

Fall 2022

ENGL 206 LEC A1 Intro to Poetry

ENGL 207 LEC A1 Intro to Narrative

ENGL 215 LEC A1 Reading Lit across Time

English 217 A1: Introduction to Literature and Critical Theory
M. Litwack

This course introduces students to the theoretical foundations of contemporary criticism. We will consider a breadth of critical perspectives that have shaped practices of reading in the humanities and that you will likely encounter throughout your studies in English. By the end of this course, you will possess literacy and facility in theories of language and signification, reading and interpretation, textuality and subjectivity, desire and difference, ideology and discourse, representation and history that are central to the analysis of literature, media, and culture.

Throughout our collective inquiry into the history of modern and contemporary theory, a question posed by Louis Althusser—“what is it to read?”— will oversee our work. This question will bear directly on one of the objectives of this course: to learn to appreciate the pleasures and frustrations, the insights and surprises that accompany the pursuit of reading and rereading complex theoretical materials.

Readings in Nietzsche, Saussure, Benveniste, Jakobson, Barthes, Derrida, Kristeva, Glissant, Freud, Lacan, Irigaray, Rubin, Spillers, Hegel, Marx, Althusser, Fanon, Coulthard, Foucault, Butler, Anzaldúa, Spivak, Mbembe, Benjamin, Hartman.

ENGL 220 LEC A1 Gender and Sexuality

ENGL 221 LEC A1 Class and Ideology

ENGL 250 LEC A1 Intro to Canadian Lits

ENGL 299 LEC A1 Essay Writing for Ed Students

Winter 2023

ENGL 206 LEC B1 Intro to Poetry

ENGL 207 LEC B1 Intro to Narrative

ENGL 212 LEC B1 Crit Approaches to Engl Lang

ENGL 215 LEC B1 Reading Lit across Time

ENGL 220 LEC B1 Gender and Sexuality

ENGL 221 LEC B1 Class and Ideology

ENGL 222 B1: Reading Race and Ethnicity
W. Agorde

This course introduces students to the dynamics of race and ethnicity in literary and other cultural texts and the critical concepts and methods vital to studying race and ethnicity. Aside from examining the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States, this course will also use other cultural groups in North America and postcolonial Africa as its baseline for ethnic and racial relations in North America and Africa. How do some communities complicate the idea of “ethnicity” as a substitute for “race”? Are there even overlaps between these terms? These are some of the questions we will attempt to answer in this course by examining the politics and representations of race and ethnicity in cultural, textual, and social contexts. We will investigate, through this avenue, the causes and consequences of ethnic divides in North America and postcolonial Africa. In the end, students will be able to differentiate between these terms and understand the experiences they (the terms) respond to in diverse contexts.

ENGL 223 LEC B1 Empire and the Postcolonial