Department of English and Film Studies

The English Studies program offers students the opportunity to explore British, American, Canadian and other literatures from the Medieval period to the present. In keeping with the lively and vibrant developments in English studies, our undergraduate courses are organized in various ways: according to historical periods, national literatures, genres, themes and theoretical issues. The undergraduate English program encourages the development of skills in interpreting a variety of literary and cultural works, including fiction, film, drama, poetry, non-fiction, and the historical, political, cultural, and discursive frameworks determining their composition and reception. Courses introduce students to cross-cultural approaches, particularly in the context of postcolonial and global texts, and to the close analysis of the language and form of complex texts. Students also engage strategically with a variety of theories of writing, reading, and representation, and conduct independent research, including evaluating a variety of resources (print, audio-visual, and virtual). These skills promote intellectual growth, interdisciplinary thinking, and successful careers after university.

Honours BA, Honours Combined BA and Minor:

Department of English and Film Studies

Full-Time Faculty

Notes: EN Courses

Senior English courses are not normally available to Year 1 students. Courses at the 400 level are open only to Year 4 students.

Seminar Courses

The following 400 level courses are studies of an advanced nature, conducted in small participating groups in which significant topics of literary interest are explored through reading primary and secondary sources.

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
EN107 Literature and Catastrophe 0.5
EN111 Literature and Crime 0.5
EN112 Literature and Love 0.5
EN119 Reading Fiction 0.5
EN165 Enriched Literary Studies: Elements and Approaches 0.5
EN190 Introduction to Academic Writing 0.5
EN200 The Pleasures of Poetry 0.5
EN201 Children's Literature 0.5
EN206 Writing for Business 0.5
EN209 Special Topics 0.5
EN210 Law and Order 0.5
EN211 Roots, Race, Resistance: Post-Colonial Literature 0.5
EN213 The Child in African Literature and Popular Culture 0.5
EN214 Medieval Poetry of the Fantastic 0.5
EN218 Contemporary American Literature 0.5
EN220 Reading Popular Culture 0.5
EN222 Literary Adaptation 0.5
EN225 Contemporary Women’s Writing 0.5
EN231 Arthurian Traditions 0.5
EN233 Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances: Gender and Genre 0.5
EN234 Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Histories 0.5
EN237 The Fairy Tale 0.5
EN238 Tolkien and Fantasy 0.5
EN239 Classic Science Fiction 0.5
EN240 Critical Approaches to Literature 0.5
EN241 Advanced Academic Writing 0.5
EN245 British Literary Tradition I 0.5
EN246 British Literary Tradition II 0.5
EN249 Mystery and Crime Fiction 0.5
EN250 Literature, Nature, Ecocriticism 0.5
EN252 Multiculturalism and Literature 0.5
EN261 Sport Literature 0.5
EN263 Canada Then: Exploring Canadian Literature 0.5
EN264 American Literary Tradition 0.5
EN265 American Literature to 1900 0.5
EN266 American Literature of the Early 20th Century 0.5
EN267 Canada Now: Contemporary Canadian Literature 0.5
EN271 The Creative Process 0.5
EN272 Introduction to Creative Writing 0.5
EN280 Introduction to Indigenous Literatures 0.5
EN281 Contemporary Science Fiction 0.5
EN282 Graphic Novel 0.5
EN285 Tween Literature and Culture 0.5
EN286 Young Adult Literature 0.5
EN292 Romantic Radicals 0.5
EN293 Romantic Dystopians 0.5
EN301 Literary Theory 0.5
EN304 Technical Writing 0.5
EN309 Special Topics 0.5
EN310 The Politics of Transgression and Desire 0.5
EN313 West African Literatures and Cultures 0.5
EN322 Modern Drama: Experiments in Form 0.5
EN324 Gender & Sexuality in CanLit 0.5
EN330 Human Rights in Contemporary Cultural Forms 0.5
EN334 Precarious Worlds:21c Brit Fic 0.5
EN335 Transculturalism and 21st C. Anglophone Literatures 0.5
EN343 Modernist British Literature: Art and Artifice 0.5
EN344 18th-Century Fiction: Sex, Shopping and Scandal 0.5
EN345 19th C. British Novel 0.5
EN346 The British Novel in the 20th Century 0.5
EN347 The Narratives of Empire 0.5
EN364 Colonialism, Indigeneity, Theory 0.5
EN369 Creative Writing: Nonfiction 0.5
EN370 Creative Writing: Poetry 0.5
EN371 Creative Writing: Short Story 0.5
EN372 History of the English Language 0.5
EN381 Gaming and Narrative Theory 0.5
EN388 18th-Century Literature: Strange Wonders 0.5
EN390 Chaucer and the Middle Ages 0.5
EN392 Diversity in the Middle Ages 0.5
EN393 Elizabethan Poetry and Prose 0.5
EN394 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama 0.5
EN395 17th-Century Literature 0.5
EN396 Mid-Victorian Literature: Culture and Anarchy 0.5
EN397 Later Victorian Literature: Dissonance and Decadence 0.5
EN399 Postmodern Narratives 0.5
EN400 Studies in Language and Discourse 0.5
EN409 Special Topics 0.5
EN410 Topics in Gender 0.5
EN420 Topics in Genre 0.5
EN430 Studies of an Individual Author 0.5
EN440 Advanced Studies of a Period 0.5
EN450 Texts and Contexts 0.5
EN460 Topics in Culture 0.5
EN470 Topics in Theory 0.5
EN480 Creative Writing: Advanced Workshop in Genre 0.5
EN489 Directed Study 0.5