English

Current Course Offerings

Winter 2022

ENGL220 Literature in English to the 18th Century Sections

A survey of prose, poetry and drama to the 18th Century.

Literature in English to the 18th Century A survey of prose, poetry and drama to the 18th Century. Prerequisite: See calendar. Either (a) ARTS 001 or ASTU 100 or (d) ASTU 150 and one of ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 120, ENGL 121; or 6 credits of first-year English. Prerequisite: See calendar. Either (a) ARTS 001 or ASTU 100 or (d) ASTU 150 and one of ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 120, ENGL 121; or 6 credits of first-year English.
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Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022

ENGL319 History of the English Language: Later History Sections

Principles of language change. The development and spread of the English language from the Norman Conquest to the Modern English period.

History of the English Language: Later History Principles of language change. The development and spread of the English language from the Norman Conquest to the Modern English period.
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Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.
Winter 2022
No ENGL course(s) were found for W2022 term.

Courses Offered in Other Terms

ENGL220

Literature in English to the 18th Century
A survey of prose, poetry and drama to the 18th Century. Prerequisite: See calendar. Either (a) ARTS 001 or ASTU 100 or (d) ASTU 150 and one of ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 120, ENGL 121; or 6 credits of first-year English. Prerequisite: See calendar. Either (a) ARTS 001 or ASTU 100 or (d) ASTU 150 and one of ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 120, ENGL 121; or 6 credits of first-year English.

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ENGL230A

From the Middle Ages to the present English literature has been profoundly influenced by the language, genres, narrative patterns and imagery of Biblical and classical writing. This course surveys a number of the most important works of these two traditions. Please note that this is not a Religious Studies course, a Classical Studies course or a History course. It is a course where we treat both Biblical and classical texts as great works of literature that have significantly shaped the English literary tradition. Prerequisite: See calendar. From the Middle Ages to the present English literature has been profoundly influenced by the language, genres, narrative patterns and imagery of Biblical and classical writing. This course surveys a number of the most important works of these two traditions. Please note that this is not a Religious Studies course, a Classical Studies course or a History course. It is a course where we treat both Biblical and classical texts as great works of literature that have significantly shaped the English literary tradition. Prerequisite: See calendar.

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ENGL319

History of the English Language: Later History
Principles of language change. The development and spread of the English language from the Norman Conquest to the Modern English period.

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ENGL320

This class examines the development of the English language from West Germanic to the present; phonology, morphology, syntax and vocabulary.

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ENGL340

Introduction to Old English
Old English grammar, with readings in the prose of the period. This course is designed to give students a reading knowledge of Old English. About a third of the course is taken up by a study of Old English grammar; the other two thirds is devoted to reading some Old English prose passages such as Bede’s account of the poet Caedmon or Aelfric’s Life of St. Edmund.

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ENGL343

Old English Literature
The best-known and most-read work of Old English literature without doubt is Beowulf, and this Old English epic is the central text for this course. Topics to be examined are e.g. the nature of the hero, the pagan/Christian dichotomy, the role of women, orality and literacy, the Other as monster, re-composing and appropriating earlier tales, etc. Before study of the poem proper begins, the course briefly acquaints students with some Anglo-Saxon elegiac literature (e.g. The Wanderer, The Seafarer) and battle poetry (e.g. The Battle of Maldon, The Battle of Brunanburh), since both elegiac and martial motifs are woven together in the epic. If time allows, the course concludes with a brief survey of some modern-day retellings of the epic (e.g. The Tower of Beowulf) and their political/ideological biases. Prerequisite: ENGL 340.

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ENGL344A

Medieval Studies – MEDIEVAL STUDIES
The English Department typically offers two sections of this course every year, each section worth 3 credits and treating different topics which vary from year to year. Recent and upcoming offerings include such topics as Making Malory; Women Writers of the Middle Ages; the Arthurian Tradition; Medieval Literature and Medievalism. This course usually focuses on non-Chaucerian material from the Middle English period; some readings are in Middle English, others in translation.

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ENGL344B

Medieval Studies – MEDIEVAL STUDIES
The English Department typically offers two sections of this course every year, each section worth 3 credits and treating different topics which vary from year to year. Recent and upcoming offerings include such topics as Making Malory; Women Writers of the Middle Ages; the Arthurian Tradition; Medieval Literature and Medievalism. This course usually focuses on non-Chaucerian material from the Middle English period; some readings are in Middle English, others in translation.

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ENGL346B

Chaucer and the Middle Ages – CHAUCER&MID AGES
A detailed study of Chaucer’s major works. When offered for 6 credits, this course surveys Chaucer’s entire career, including the dream visions and lyrics, Troilus and Criseyde, and the Canterbury Tales. When 3 credits, the course focuses on the Canterbury Tales. In either case, the course includes attention to Chaucer’s literary and historical contexts, with readings in translation from sources and analogues of his works, and to the range of scholarship on his work, with selective readings in criticism. Readings from Chaucer in Middle English; some class time is devoted to pronouncing and understanding Chaucer’s language. Offered every year.

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ENGL352

Middle English
The course studies the forms and development of the language, considering such aspects of Middle English as the shift from a synthetic to an analytic language; sound changes from Old English; regional variation; the influence of Latin, Anglo-Norman and French, and Old Norse; and the literary uses of the language. Rarely offered.

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ENGL356

Chaucer
For Honours Students. Focusing upon a selection of Chaucer’s major works ( Troilus and Criseyde , The Book of the Duchess , ‘The Knight’s Tale’, and others), drawn from both the Canterbury Tales and his wider oeuvre, this course will examine both the traditions and texts that influence Chaucer’s poetry (Boethius, Boccacio, Dante, Popular English Romance) and the considerable influence that his writing had on the later Chaucerian poets (Lydgate, Henryson, Dunbar, and others). By examining Chaucer’s poems in the context of wider medieval poetry, we illuminate both his literary transformation of his sources and the lasting impact of his literary legacy on the work of his literary descendents.

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ENGL417

The Literature of the Bible
This course focuses on the close reading of representative Biblical texts (particularly Genesis, Exodus, Judges, Samuel, Job, Psalms, Canticles, Isaiah, the Gospels, the letters of Paul and Revelation) in the light of ancient analogues (such as The Epic of Gilgamesh), later interpretations (such as the Catholic Middle Ages, the Protestant Reformation, Evangelism, the Oxford Movement, American denominations and the United Church of Canada), recent challenges (such as Darwinism, feminism, postcolonialism, and lesbian and gay movements) and representative works of English literature (such as medieval mystery plays, Milton, Blake, Browning, Eliot, Timothy Findley, Toni Morrison, Thomas King and Tony Kushner).

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Winter 2022

ENGL100 Reading and Writing about Language and Literatures Sections

A writing-intensive introduction to language and literary studies through the exploration of texts in their critical and theoretical contexts. Fulfils the first-year component of the Faculty of Arts Writing and Research Requirement. Open only to students in the Faculty of Arts. Recommended for students intending to become English majors. Essays are required.

ENGL110 Approaches to Literature and Culture Sections

Study of selected examples of literary and cultural expression: examples may include poetry, fiction, drama, life narratives, essays, graphic novels, screenplays, and narrative adaptations in film and other media. Essays are required.

ENGL111 Approaches to Language and Communication Sections

Study of selected communication genres from a language-based perspective: examples may include non-fiction, science writing, business discourse, journalism, language of the internet, podcasts, and other media. Essays are required.

ENGL140 Challenging Language Myths Sections

Critical consideration of a broad range of commonly held beliefs about language and its relation to the brain and cognition, learning, society, change and evolution. Note: This is an elective course that does not fulfill writing requirements in any faculty or the literature requirement in the Faculty of Arts.

ENGL200 Principles of Literary Studies Sections

A collaboratively-taught exploration and application of key scholarly, theoretical and critical approaches informing the study of literatures in English.

ENGL210 An Introduction to English Honours Sections

Comprehensive overview of key periods, genres, and methods in English studies for students entering the English Honours program. Restricted to students in Honours programs.

ENGL220 Literature in English to the 18th Century Sections

A survey of prose, poetry and drama to the 18th Century.

ENGL221 Literature in Britain: the 18th Century to the Present Sections

A survey of poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction prose from the 18th century to the present.

ENGL222 Literature in Canada Sections

The major types of Canadian writing: fiction, poetry, non-fictional prose, and drama

ENGL223 Literature in the United States Sections

The major types of American writing: fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose.

ENGL224 World Literature in English Sections

English literature produced outside Britain and North America.

ENGL225 Poetry Sections

Principles, methods, and resources for reading poetry.

ENGL227 Prose Fiction Sections

Principles, methods and resources for reading the novel and the short story.

ENGL228 Topics in Literary and/or Cultural Studies Sections

Current research interests in English studies.

ENGL229 Topics in the Study of Language and/or Rhetoric Sections

Consult Department's website for current year's offerings.

ENGL231 Introduction to Indigenous Literatures Sections

A study of cultural expression in contemporary indigenous contexts.

ENGL232 Approaches to Media Studies Sections

Approaches to the study of media: philosophical; technological; cultural; theoretical.

ENGL241 Shakespeare Now Sections

Introductory topics in Shakespeare studies that seek to identify relationships between Shakespeare's work and present-day issues and concerns.

ENGL242 Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature Sections

History, genres, and scholarly study of writing for children and adolescents.

ENGL243 Speculative Fiction Sections

Genres and sub-genres of speculative fiction, such as science fiction and fantasy, alternate history, dystopian and post-apocalyptic narrative, and slipstream, as well as the intersections among them.

ENGL244 Environment and Literature Sections

Literary, critical, and/or pop-culture texts about environmentalism and ecology.

ENGL245 Comics and Graphic Media Sections

Introduction to the critical study of comics and graphic media.

ENGL246 Literature and Film Sections

Approaches to the study of the relationships between literature and film.

ENGL300 Introduction to Critical Theory Sections

Analysis of theoretical methods and critical approaches practiced in the discipline of English studies. Required of all students in the English Honours Literature and Language and Literature programs.

ENGL301 Technical Writing Sections

Study of the principles of written communication in general business and professional activities, and practice in the preparation of abstracts, proposals, reports, and correspondence. Not for credit towards the English Major or Minor.

ENGL309 Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine Sections

Exploration of the persuasive dimension of discourse practices in science, technology, and medicine.

ENGL310 History and Theory of Rhetoric: Classical Rhetoric Sections

Introduction to classical rhetoric with attention to the analysis of present-day texts.

ENGL318 History of the English Language: Early History Sections

Principles of language change and language typology. The development of the English language from its Indo-European origins to the end of the Anglo-Saxon period.

ENGL319 History of the English Language: Later History Sections

Principles of language change. The development and spread of the English language from the Norman Conquest to the Modern English period.

ENGL321 English Grammar and Usage Sections

Descriptive approaches to the English language

ENGL322 Stylistics Sections

Application of linguistic theory and method to stylistic analysis.

ENGL323 Varieties of English Sections

Study of geographical, social, and/or urban dialects of English.

ENGL326 Studies in the English Language Sections

Topics in the history or structure of the English language.

ENGL327 Cognitive Approaches to the Study of Meaning Sections

Interpretation of linguistic usages through cognitive concepts.

ENGL328 Metaphor, Language and Thought Sections

Exploration of the concepts underlying figurative language (in vocabulary as well as in grammar), using data from both colloquial and literary language.

ENGL330 The Structure of Modern English: Sounds and Words Sections

An introduction to phonology, morphology, and lexical semantics.

ENGL331 The Structure of Modern English: Sentences and Their Uses Sections

An introduction to syntax, pragmatics, and sentence semantics.

ENGL332 Approaches to Media History Sections

History of media and technological change; literary, rhetorical, or linguistic methods of inquiry.

ENGL333 History of the Book Sections

Survey of development of text technologies (such as manuscripts, printed books, new media forms), through historical, cultural, and theoretical frameworks. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 333 and 419.

ENGL342 Introduction to Old English Sections

Old English vocabulary, grammar, and translation, with readings in poetry and prose. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 340 and ENGL 342.

ENGL344 Middle English Literature Sections

Please see the Department website for further information on topics offered in the current session. May encompass multiple genres and contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL346 Chaucer Sections

A detailed study of Chaucer's major works. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL347 Renaissance Literature Sections

Literature of the sixteenth and early seventeenth-centuries. May encompass multiple genres and contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL348 Shakespeare Sections

A detailed study of Shakespeare's works. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL349 Seventeenth-Century Literature Sections

Literature of Stuart and Civil War Britain. May encompass multiple genres and contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL351 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature Sections

British and Global literature from the Restoration of the Monarchy to the Enlightenment with a focus on intellectual and political contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 351 and/or 357.

ENGL353 Eighteenth-Century Literature Sections

Intellectual developments and Literary experiments, in British and Global contexts. May encompass multiple genres and contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 353 and/or 358.

ENGL355 Romantic Period Literature Sections

British and Global literature, 1780-1830, from the period of the French Revolution to the Reform Act and the Abolition of Slavery in the British Empire. May encompass multiple genres and contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 355 and/or 359.

ENGL361 U.S. Literature to 1890 Sections

Fiction, poetry and/or drama written in the U.S. prior to the twentieth century. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 361 and/or 369.

ENGL362 Victorian Period Literature Sections

British and Global literature, 1832-1901, with an emphasis on genre or special topics. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL364 Nineteenth-Century Literature Sections

British and Global literature from the nineteenth century and its intellectual and cultural contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL365 Modernist Literature Sections

Literary experimentation in 19th to 20th century movements known as modernism. Includes interdisciplinary approaches to literary, performance, and media arts, and intellectual and social histories of the period. May encompass multiple genres and contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL366 Twentieth-Century Literature Sections

Fiction, poetry and/or drama written between 1900 and 1999. May encompass multiple genres and contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 366 and/or 464.

ENGL368 U.S. Literature from 1890 Sections

Literature and other texts in diverse U.S. cultural contexts and/or from a range of eras. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 368 and/or 472.

ENGL370A Literatures and Cultures of Africa and/or the Middle East - LIT CULT AFR ME Sections

Literary and cultural works from Africa; some sections include Africa and the Middle East. Multiple perspectives on local, national, and global issues including colonialism, migration, transnationalism, education, art and politics. May include fiction, poetry, drama, digital media, and other forms. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL371 Asian Canadian and/or Asian Transnational Studies Sections

An interdisciplinary engagement with literature in the context of Asian migrations in Canadian and other transnational locations. Consult Department for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 371 and/or 480.

ENGL372 Canadian Literature Sections

Writing and culture in Canada with texts taught in context. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 372 and/or 470.

ENGL373 Indigenous Literature Sections

Indigenous writing and cultural expression in national and/or international contexts. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 373 and/or 476.

ENGL374 Post-colonial Literature Sections

World literature in English focusing on decolonization and anti-colonial thought. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 374 and/or 478.

ENGL375 Global South Connections Sections

Literary and cultural networks relating to societies in the Global South; may address areas such as colonization, decolonization, nationalism, social movements, forced and voluntary migrations of peoples, cultural hybridity, translation, and globalization. Consult department website for current year's offerings.

ENGL377 World Literature and Social Movements Sections

Transnational and world literature and art practices that reflect on the conceptual, linguistic and visual aspects of social movements, addressing histories of colonialism, transnational feminist literature and art practices, histories of protest and cultures of resistance.

ENGL378 Contemporary Literature Sections

A variety of genres organized by cultural movements, critical issues, theoretical approaches, and/or geopolitical regions. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 378 and/or 474.

ENGL382 Theory: Anti-/De-/Post-Colonization Sections

Theoretical work concerned with confronting, resisting and overcoming various forms of colonialism and globalization.

ENGL386 Theory: Critique, Intervention and Dissent Sections

Examines theories of intervention, dissent and social engagement.

ENGL387 Theory: Bodies Sections

Theories of corporeality and embodied thought.

ENGL390 Life Narratives Sections

Analysis of modes of self-representation through theoretical, critical, historical, and methodological frameworks.

ENGL392 Children's Literature Sections

Genres and texts written for and appropriated by young readers. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 392 and/or 468.

ENGL393 Ecocriticism Sections

Ecocriticism and the environmental humanities encompassing more specific methodologies, such as queer ecology, ecofeminism, postcolonial, decolonizing, and transnational environmentalisms, environmental art.

ENGL395 Studies in Poetry Sections

Poetry organized by thematic approach, cultural movements, critical issues, and/or geopolitical regions. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 395 and/or 402.

ENGL397 Studies in Prose Fiction Sections

Novels and short stories organized by thematic approach, cultural movements, critical issues, and/or geopolitical regions. Consult department website for current year's offerings. Credit will be granted for up to 6 credits of ENGL 397 and/or 406.

ENGL489 Language Majors Seminar Sections

Required of all Language Majors. See department website (http://www.english.ubc.ca/ugrad/majors/compl_lang.htm) for options.

ENGL490 Literature Majors Seminar Sections

Required of all Literature Majors. See Department Website (www.english.ubc.ca) for options.

ENGL491A Senior Honours Seminar - SR HONORS SEMNR1 Sections

Offerings in literary theory.

ENGL491B Senior Honours Seminar - SR HONORS SEMNR1 Sections

Offerings in literary theory.

ENGL491C Senior Honours Seminar - SR HONORS SEMNR1 Sections

Offerings in literary theory.

ENGL491D Senior Honours Seminar - SR HONORS SEMNR1 Sections

Offerings in literary theory.

ENGL491E Senior Honours Seminar - SR HONORS SEMNR1 Sections

Offerings in literary theory.

ENGL491F Senior Honours Seminar - SR HONORS SEMNR1 Sections

Offerings in literary theory.

ENGL496A Directed Readings in English Literature - DIRECTED READING Sections

For Honours students only.

ENGL499 Honours Essay Sections

ENGL500 Research in English Studies Sections

Required of all graduate students in the M.A. program. Pass/Fail.

ENGL500B Research in English Studies - RES ENGL STUDIES Sections

Required of all graduate students in the M.A. program. Pass/Fail.

ENGL501A Studies in Bibliography - BIBLIOGRAPHY Sections

ENGL507B Studies in English Historical Linguistics - ENG HIST LING Sections

ENGL508A Linguistic Studies of Contemporary English - LING CNTMPRY ENG Sections

ENGL509A Studies in Rhetoric - STDS RHETORIC Sections

ENGL512A Middle English Studies - MID ENGL STUDIES Sections

ENGL514A Studies in the Renaissance - ST'S RENAISSANCE Sections

ENGL525B Studies in the Eighteenth Century - STUDIES 18TH C Sections

ENGL535A Studies in the Victorian Period - STD IN VICT ERA Sections

ENGL539A Studies in the Twentieth Century - STUDIES 20TH C Sections

ENGL540B Studies in American Literature to 1890 - AMER LIT TO 1890 Sections

ENGL541A Studies in American Literature Since 1890 - AMER LIT 1890 ON Sections

ENGL545B Studies in Canadian Literature - STUDIES CAN LIT Sections

ENGL546B Studies in Commonwealth/Post-colonial Literatures - CMMNWLTH/POSTCOL Sections

ENGL547A Directed Reading - DIRECTED READING Sections

ENGL547B Directed Reading - DIRECTED READING Sections

ENGL549A Master's Thesis - MASTERS THESIS Sections

ENGL551A Studies in Literary Movements - ST'S LIT MOVEMNT Sections

ENGL553A Studies in Literary Theory - ST'S LIT THEORY Sections

ENGL553B Studies in Literary Theory - ST'S LIT THEORY Sections

ENGL555A Studies in Literature and the Other Arts - STDIES LIT/ARTS Sections

ENGL561A Topics in Science and Technology Studies - TOPICS IN STS Sections

Advanced seminar on a theme or topic of interest to both STS and English.

ENGL565A Studies in Environmental Humanities - STDS ENVR HUMAN Sections

Advanced seminar on arts and humanities research related to ecology and environmentalism.

ENGL649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections