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Literature Option

NB: Students in an English program who wish to take an introductory Shakespeare course must take ENGL 315 and not ENGL 215.  If you took ENGL 215 prior to declaring your English program on Minerva, however, that course may count retroactively towards your program requirements in one of:  pre-1800 courses; Major Author; Shakespeare; Renaissance.


Theory and Criticism

  • ENGL 317  Theory of English Studies 1  (Winter)
  • ENGL 319  Theory of English Studies 3  (Fall)
  • ENGL 346  Materiality and Sociology of the Text  (Fall)

Major Author Courses

  • ENGL 315  Shakespeare (Fall)
  • ENGL 316  Milton  (Fall)
  • ENGL 345  Literature and Society: How Shakespeare Created Modern Society (Fall)
  • ENGL 405  Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature 2: The Brontës  (Winter)
  • ENGL 409  Studies in a Canadian Author: Alice Munro  (Winter)
  • ENGL 416  Studies in Shakespeare (Politics of the Past: Writing the Nation in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries)  (Winter)
  • ENGL 417  A Major English Poet: Spenser  (Winter)
  • ENGL 418  A Major Modernist Author: The Writings of Virginia Woolf (Fall)
  • ENGL 418  A Major Modernist Author: T.S. Eliot  (Winter)
  • PLAI  500  Advanced Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar: Playing Shakespeare: Theory and Practice of Theatrical-Musical Transformation  (Winter)

Literature before 1800

  • ENGL 300  The Seventeenth Century  (Winter)
  • ENGL 301  Earlier 18th-Century Novel  (Fall)
  • ENGL 304  Later Eighteenth Century Novel  (Winter)
  • ENGL 305  Renaissance English Literature 1: Sixteenth Century Non-Dramatic Literary Culture  (Winter)
  • ENGL 307  Survey of 17th Century Literature  (Fall)
  • ENGL 315  Shakespeare  (Fall)
  • ENGL 316  Milton  (Fall)
  • ENGL 342  Introduction to Old English  (Fall)
  • ENGL 358  Chaucer - Troilus and Cresyde  (Fall)
  • ENGL 403  Studies in the Eighteenth Century  (Winter)
  • ENGL 416  Studies in Shakespeare (Politics of the Past: Writing the Nation in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries)  (Winter)
  • ENGL 447 Crosscurrents of English Literature and European Literature 1  (Fall)

Canadian Literature

  • ENGL 327  Canadian Prose Fiction 1  (Fall)
  • ENGL 333  Development of Canadian Poetry 2  (Fall)
  • ENGL 328  Development of Canadian Poetry     (Winter)
  • ENGL 409  Studies in a Canadian Author: Alice Munro   (Winter)
  • ENGL 410  Theme or Movement in Canadian Literature (Fall)

American Literature

  • ENGL 324  20th C. American Prose  (Winter)
  • ENGL 326  19th-Century American Prose  (Fall)
  • ENGL 414  Studies in 20th-Century Literature 1  (Winter)
  • ENGL 525  American Literature  (Fall)

Backgrounds of English Literature

  • ENGL 347  Great Writings of Europe 1  (Winter)
  • ENGL 348  Great Writings of Europe 2  (Winter)
  • ENGL 447  Crosscurrents of English Literature and European Literature 1  (Fall)

Old English

  • ENGL 342  Introduction to Old English  (Fall)

Medieval

  • ENGL 348  Great Writings of Europe 2  (Winter)
  • ENGL 356  Middle English  (Winter)
  • ENGL 358  Chaucer: Troilus and Cresyde  (Fall)
  • ENGL 447  Crosscurrents of English Literature and European Literature 1  (Fall)
  • ENGL 452  Studies in Old English: Reading Beowulf  (Winter)
  • ENGL 456  Middle English  (Winter)
  • ENGL 500  Middle English  (Winter)

Renaissance

  • ENGL 300  The Seventeenth Century: The 1590s  (Winter)
  • ENGL 305  Renaissance English Literature 1: Sixteenth Century Non-Dramatic Literary Culture  (Winter)
  • ENGL 307  Survey of 17th Century Literature  (Fall)
  • ENGL 315  Shakespeare  (Fall)
  • ENGL 316  Milton  (Fall)
  • ENGL 345  Literature and Society  (Fall)
  • ENGL 416  Studies in Shakespeare (Politics of the Past: Writing the Nation in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries)  (Winter)
  • ENGL 417  A Major English Poet    (Winter)
  • ENGL 501  The Sixteenth Century  (Fall)

Restoration

  • ENGL 310  Restoration & 18th Century Drama  (Fall)

18th-Century Literature

  • ENGL 301  Earlier 18th-Century Novel   (Fall)
  • ENGL 304  Later Eighteenth Century Novel     (Winter)
  • ENGL 403  Studies in the Eighteenth Century  (Winter)

Romantic

  • ENGL 331  Literature of the Romantic Period 1  (Fall)
  • ENGL 332  Literature of the Romantic Period 2  (Winter)
  • ENGL 504  19th Century: Reading Don Juan      (Winter)

Victorian

  • ENGL 330  English Novel of the Nineteenth Century 2  (Fall)
  • ENGL 394  Popular Literary Forms  (Fall)
  • ENGL 404  Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature 1: Theory of the Novel  (Winter)
  • ENGL 405  Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature 2: The Brontës  (Winter)
  • ENGL 423  Studies in 19th-Century Literature: Literature of the British Empire   (Winter)
  • ENGL 504  19th Century:  Reading Don Juan  (Winter)

19th-Century American 

  • ENGL 326  19th-Century American Prose  (Fall)

Early 20th Century

  • ENGL 328   Development of Canadian Poetry  (Winter)
  • ENGL 335   The 20th C. Novel 1  (Fall)
  • ENGL 414   Studies in 20th-Century Literature 1    (Winter)
  • ENGL 418   A Major Modernist Author: T.S. Eliot  (Winter)

Modern

  • ENGL 314  20th Century Drama  (Winter)
  • ENGL 324  20th C. American Prose  (Winter)
  • ENGL 335  The 20th C. Novel 1  (Fall)
  • ENGL 418  A Major Modernist Author: T.S. Eliot  (Winter)
  • ENGL 430  Studies in Drama: Modernism in the Theatre  (Fall)
  • ENGL 545  Topics in Literature and Society: Reading the Landscape  (Winter)

Postmodern 

  • ENGL 320  Postcolonial Literature: Postcolonial Encounters  (Winter)
  • ENGL 333  Development of Canadian Poetry 2  (Fall)
  • ENGL 336  The Twentieth Century Novel 2: The Novel in South Asia  (Fall)
  • ENGL 376  Scene Study: Multiculturalism and North American Drama (Winter)
  • ENGL 385  Topics in Literature and Film: Science Fiction (Winter)
  • ENGL 421  African Literature  (Fall)
  • ENGL 545  Topics in Literature and Society: Reading the Landscape  (Winter)

Contemporary

  • ENGL 320  Postcolonial Literature: Postcolonial Encounters  (Winter)
  • ENGL 333  Development of Canadian Poetry 2  (Fall)
  • ENGL 336  The Twentieth Century Novel 2  (Fall)
  • ENGL 376  Scene Study: Multiculturalism and North American Drama (Winter)
  • ENGL 409  Studies in a Canadian Author: Alice Munro  (Winter)
  • ENGL 410  Theme or Movement in Canadian Literature  (Fall)
  • ENGL 492  Image and Text: The Graphic Novel (Fall)
  • ENGL 525  American Literature  (Fall)

Courses on Shakespeare

  • ENGL 315  Shakespeare (Fall)
  • ENGL 345  Literature and Society: How Shakespeare Created Modern Society (Fall)
  • ENGL 416  Studies in Shakespeare: The Politics of the Past: Writing the Nation in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (Winter)

Cultural Studies  ( as Literature Honours requirement)

Any course on the Complementary Course List for Cultural Studies fulfills this requirement. 

Drama and Theatre  (as Literature Honours requirement)

Any course on the Complementary Course List for Drama and Theatre fulfills this requirement

Additional courses from the Literature Option’s offerings

This category includes all the courses listed above except required courses, as well as the courses listed below.
Note that any English course not on this list — such as courses in Cultural Studies — may not count towards your Literature program.                                                                                                                   

  • ENGL 438  Studies in a Literary Form: The Literary Fairy Tale  (Winter)
  • RUSS 454  Narratives of Desire  (Winter)
  • ENGL 460  Studies in Literary Theory: Theorizing the Comic (Fall)
  • ENGL 464  Creative Writing – Richler Writer in Residence  
  • ENGL 568  Studies in Dramatic Form: Contemporary Tragedy  (Winter)