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Complete course descriptions can be found in the Grenfell Campus section of the Calendar. The University Calendar is the authority for all course information.

English 1000 - Intro To English 1

An introduction to English literature and to the use of the English language with a particular emphasis on composition.

English 1001 - Intro to English 2

A continuation of the studies begun in English 1000.

Prerequisite: English 1000 or 1050 or the former 1100

English 1020 - Writing for Second Language Students 1

An introduction to the use of English with emphasis on composition for non-native English-speaking students.

Note: Admission to English 1020 will be determined on the basis of the English Placement Test, which is required for all non-native students who do not have English as their first language

English 2005 - Literary Survey I (The beginnings to 1660)

This course introduces students to the major writers by detailed study of selected texts. The course will include such authors as Chaucer, Mallory, Shakespeare, Spenser, Bacon, Webster, Donne and works such as Beowulf, the Old English Elegies and Gawaine and the Green Knight. Recommended for English specialization students that English 2005 be taken first in the English 2005-2006-2007 sequence.

Note: Students can receive credit for only one of English 2000, 2005, and 2110

English 2006 - Literary Survey II (1660-1837)

This course introduces students to the major writers by detailed study of selected texts. The course will include such authors as Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, Fielding, Blake, Wordsworth, Austen, Byron, Keats and Shelley.
Note: Recommended for English specialization students that English 2006 be taken second in the 2005-2006-2007 sequence

​English 2007 - Literary Survey III (1837 to the Present)

This course introduces students to the major writers by detailed study of selected texts. The course will include such authors as Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Hardy, George Eliot, Dickens, Yeats, T.S. Eliot and Dylan Thomas.
Note: 1) Recommended for English specialization students that English 2007 be taken third in the English 2005-2006-2007 sequence. 2) Students can receive credit for only one of English 2001, 2007, and 2111

English 2010 - Comprehension, Writing and Prose Style (I)

The chief emphasis will be on the development of (a) the capacity to understand and appreciate the varieties of prose through close analysis of a wide range of examples, and (b) the ability to write expository and other kinds of prose.

Note: This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed English 1110

English 2146 - Canadian Prose after 1949

A study of the outstanding works of Canadian prose from 1949 to the present.

Prerequisite: Two first-year English courses

Note: Students can receive credit for only one of English 2146, English 2150, English 2151 and the former English 3146

English 2215 - American Literature to 1900
​A student of the historical origins and development of nineteenth century American Literature, concentrating on a selection of works within their political, social and artistic contexts. NOTE: .

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both English 2214 and 2215

English 2242 - Science Fiction

A survey of Science Fiction from its earliest days to the present. Subjects that will be considered include the evolution of the genre, the relations among humans, technology and multinational capitalism, and the significance of memory and space.

Corequisite: Students must have completed a first-year English sequence to be eligible for English 2242

Note: Credit may not be obtained for both English 2242 and English 2811

English 2243 - Introduction to Humour in Literature
​This course begins with a survey of humour theory from antiquity to

the present, and proceeds to a study of various forms and strategies of humour through a selection of works in English. Students will study texts exploring the roles that humour plays in relation to topics such as transgression, iconoclasm, class, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, culture, politics and religion.

Corequisite: 6 credit hours in first-year English

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both English 2243 and English 2121.

English 2244 - The Graphic Novel - Historical, Cultural and Literary Contexts (same as Social/Cultural Studies 2244)

This course examines the historical, cultural and literary impact of the Graphic Novel; investigates its continuing development; and introduces students to significant works within the genre.

Corequisite: 6 credit hours first year English; one of Folklore 1000, Anthropology 1031, or Sociology 2000

English 2350 - Introduction to Drama I

A survey of the major plays in the history of western drama from the Greeks to the end of the eighteenth century.

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both English 2002 and 2350

English 2351 - Introduction to Drama II

A survey of the major plays in the history of western drama from the 19th Century to the present.

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both English 2002 and 2351

English 2705 - Modern World Literature in Translation
A study of modern world literature in English translation, with focus on writers of the twentieth century who have attained international stature.
English 2805 - Women's Writing to 1900

A study of writing by women in the British Isles and North America from the Middle Ages to 1900, including such items as letters and journals as well as fiction, poetry, and drama.

Note: Students can receive credit for 2805 and only one of 3810 or 3830. (This credit restriction note replaces the note in earlier calendars and is retroactive to September 1, 1993.)

English 2870 - Children's Literature

An introduction to literature written for children and young people. Beginning with an examination of the history of children's literature in the British Isles and North America, the course will focus on twentieth century and contemporary works, touching on a broad range of genres, audiences, and reading levels.

English 2905 - Introduction to Creative Writing

This course will introduce students to three main areas of creative writing: poetry, prose fiction, and creative non-fiction (travel writing, autobiography, journalism). Much of the emphasis will be on writing as a medium of communication. For this reason, some of the instruction will be the workshop system in which students act as each other's readers and audience.

Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in first-year English

English 3021 - English Drama to 1580

A study of the development of English drama from the Middle Ages to 1580. The course may also consider the popular arts, such as folk plays and mumming.

English 3110 - Greek Literature in Translation

​(Same as Classics 3110) Representative readings in English of the principal literary forms of Classical Greece. The literary achievement of the Greeks and their contributions to Western letters and culture.

​English 3111 - Latin Literature in Translation

(Same as Classics 3111) Representative readings in English of the principal literary forms of Republican and Imperial Rome. The literary achievement of the Romans and their contribution to Western letters and culture.

English 3145 - Canadian Fiction to 1949

 A study of outstanding works of Canadian fiction from the beginnings to 1949.
English 3147 - Canadian Poetry to 1949

A study of representative Canadian poetry from the pre-confederation period to 1949.

English 3148 - Canadian Poetry After 1949
A study of Canadian poetry from 1949 to the present, with emphasis on the work of major poets and an examination of the various styles and theories of poetry developed during the period.
English 3149 - Canadian Prose

​A study of selected works of Canadian prose, covering both fiction and non-fiction.

English 3171 - Irish Drama

​A study of representative Anglo-Irish drama by such authors as Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Synge, Lady Gregory, O'Casey, Behan, Friel and Molloy.

Note: This course may not be taken for credit by students who have completed English 3170 or 3180

English 3181 - Drama of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
 
A study of major dramatic texts from 1660 to the end of the eighteenth century.
English 3205 - Shakespeare Survey

A study of at least eight plays, two from each dramatic mode: comedy, history, tragedy, and romance.

Prerequisite: Two second-year English courses

Note: Students can receive credit for only two of 3200, 3201, 3205 and 3206

English 3206 - Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition
 

A study of the relationship between Shakespeare and his major classical sources, with a particular focus on the use of classical literature in the Renaissance.

Prerequisite: Two second-year English courses

Note: Students can receive credit for two of 3200, 3201, 3205, 3206 and 4211

English 3215 - 20th Century American Literature

A study of American poetry and fiction from 1900 to 1960.

Note: Students can receive credit for only three of English 3215, 4260, 4261, and 4270

English 3216 - 20th Century British and Irish Literature

A study of British and Anglo-Irish poetry and fiction from 1900 to 1960.

English 3275 - Modern Drama (1830-1930)

A study of western drama and performance during the period 1830-1930, with a focus on theatrical and dramatic texts and movements, as well as artistic, social, political, technological, and philosophical influences.

Note: Students can receive credit for only one of English 3275, the former 3300, and 4300

English 3395 - The Literary Uses of English from the Earliest Times to the Present

An exploration of the development of the English language, as evidenced by its literary uses.

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both English 3395 and 2401

English 3810 - 20th Century Non-Fiction Writing by Women

A study of twentieth century topical writing by women, including writing about social, political, and artistic and literary questions. Non-traditional as well as traditional genres will be studied.

Prerequisite: English 2805 or permission of the instructor

Note: Students can receive credit for 3810 and only one of 2805 or 3830. (This credit restriction note replaces the note in earlier calendars and is retroactive to September 1, 1993.)

English 3905 - Creative Writing

A workshop course for aspiring writers of poetry and/or fiction. Limited enrolment. Applicants will be required to submit a sampling of their previous and current work.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Note: Students can receive credit for only two of English 3900, 3901, and 3905

English 4105 - Critical Approaches and Theory

A survey of critical approaches to English Literature, particularly those adopted by twentieth century readers. The course will attempt to give an account of the theories on which these approaches are based and some attention will be paid to the application of different approaches to specific works of literature.

Note: Students can receive credit for only one of English 4101 and 4105

English 4245 - Contemporary Fiction in English

An in-depth study of a selection of recent short fiction and novels in English. The focus will be on recent developments in American, British, Irish and Commonwealth fiction (excluding Canadian).

English 4246 - Contemporary Poetry in English
 

An in-depth study of contemporary poetry in English. The focus will be on major poets and developments in the U.S.A., Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth (excluding Canada) since 1945.

English 4302 - Contemporary British Drama

A study of representative dramatic works of contemporary British drama.

English 4305 - Contemporary Drama

A study of modern and post-modern western drama and performance from 1930 to the present, with a focus on theatrical and dramatic texts and movements, as well as artistic, social, political, technological and philosophical influences. Recommended previous course: English 3275.

Note: Students can receive credit for only one of English 4301, the former 3301, and 4305

English 4307 - Contemporary Canadian Drama

A study of contemporary drama and performance in Canada, focusing on texts representative of Canada's cultural and regional diversity.

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both English 3156 and 4307

English 4308 - 20th Century American Drama

A study of American drama and performance from the turn of the century to the present, focusing on the theatre's historic role in the definition, reinforcement and scrutinizing of American mythology.

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both English 3260 and 4308

English 4317 - Elizabethan-Jacobean Drama
 

A survey of Shakespeare's dramatic rivals and the Elizabethan and Jacobean repertoires.

Prerequisite: English 3200 or 3201

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both English 3022 and 4317

English 4825  - The Works of Margaret Laurence and Michael Ondaatje

 

​The aim of this course is to have the class work together to develop a knowledge and appreciation of these two Canadian writers, both major figures in twentieth century English Literature.

English 4826 - Tricksters and Transformation in the Contemporary Canadian Novel

 

​The purpose of this course is to explore the function of the trickster and related figures in selected contemporary Canadian novels.

English 4827 - Ulysses and the Gaff Topsails

 

 
This course sets out to explore the relationship between James Joyce's Irish novel (Ulysses 1922) and Patrick Kavanagh's Newfoundland novel (Gaff Topsails 1996).
English 4828 - Eden Robinson

 

​This course introduces students to the writings of Eden Robinson.  This course takes as its premise the idea that Eden Robinson is one of Canada's most exciting and talented writers.

English 4829 - Jamaican Canadian Women's Writing

 

​The aim of this course is to study Jamaican Canadian Women's Writing and to consider its presence within Canadian literature.
English 4830 - The Japanese Influence on Canadian Literature

 

​This course intends to explore the impact of the translation of Japanese literary classics into English on the English–Canadian production of literature about Japan with particular attention to the The Tale of Genji and the poetry of Basho.
English 4831 - Canadian Ecological Literature​This course encourages student predicts and discusses their own scenarios on the effects of future climate change.
English 4861 - Intertextual/Contextual Studies in Modern Literature

 

​This course examines several well-known texts of the modern period in their original publication format in periodicals.

English 4862  - Identity Crisis: Confession, Autobiography, and Memoir in Modern Literature

 

​This course examines the nature of self-representation in Modern literature. By looking at a range of auto-texts, including confessionals, autobiographies, and memoirs, it will explore the boundaries between truth and fiction, authentic identity and invention, and literature and sensationalism.
​​English 4905 - Advanced Creative WritingA workshop course for creative writers who have demonstrated considerable talent and skill in poetry and/or prose fiction. Limited enrolment.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
English 4950 - Individual Project in English ​ An individual project of a creative, or a critical, or a research character on a topic which is subject to the approval of the Program Chair. The topic will be prepared under the supervision of a designated faculty member or members.



 

Chair, English

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS332D
Phone: (709) 637-6219
Email: lsherlow@grenfell.mun.ca