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Major Concentration English - Literature (36 credits)

Offered by: English     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The Literature option provides a grounding in the basic texts and methods of the discipline as well as wide acquaintance with substantial areas of the field.

For the most up-to-date information on Department requirements and detailed course descriptions, please see the English Department Handbook at http://www.mcgill.ca/english/.

Required Courses (9 credits)

These courses should be taken in the first two terms of the program.

  • ENGL 202 Departmental Survey of English Literature 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A survey of English literature before 1750 for students registered in English programs.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Kenneth H Borris (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English programs only
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 200
  • ENGL 203 Departmental Survey of English Literature 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A survey of English literature after 1750 for students registered in English programs.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Tabitha Sparks (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ENGL 202 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English programs only
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 201
  • ENGL 311 Poetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Discussion and application of basic critical tools for analysis of literature. Study of such features of poetry and prose fiction as prosody, diction, voice, tone, imagery, figurative language, point of view, narrative form, and character.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Dorothy A Bray, Eli MacLaren, Ariel Buckley, Anna Nora Lewton-Brain (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major Concentration, Literature Option.

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

27 credits selected as described below.

Note on Topics Courses: The Department of English offers courses which change topic from academic year to academic year. Depending on the topic in a specific year, these courses may count toward different program requirements. At the time they register for a topics course, students should confirm with their program adviser the program requirement it fulfils for that academic year.

Canadian Literature

3 credits from a list of Canadian Literature courses:

Theory or Criticism

3 credits from a list of courses on Theory or Criticism:

  • ENGL 317 Theory of English Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Philosophical approaches.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: David C Hensley (Winter)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs
  • ENGL 318 Theory of English Studies 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Socio-Historical approaches.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs
  • ENGL 319 Theory of English Studies 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Issues in interpretation: authorship, performance, reception.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Trevor Ponech (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs
  • ENGL 322 Theories of the Text (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A course focusing on textuality (as opposed to, say, intentionality and interpretation) and on how specific effects are made - how texts work and produce meaning, including rhetoric and form.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs.
  • ENGL 346 Materiality and Sociology of Text (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Writing, printing, distribution, marketing, and placement within canon-making institutions; the influence of material forms of production and transmission on the creation and reception of literature, film, and theatre.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Michael Van Dussen (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs.
  • ENGL 352 Theories of Difference (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Introduction to a selection of theories that have influenced thinking about difference across the humanities and social sciences, including gender, sexuality, race, class and hierarchical structures, language, religion, ethnicity, and personal identity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Limited to students in English Major and Honours Programs.

Areas of English Literature

6 credits, 3 credits each from two of the following areas: Backgrounds of English Literature, Old English, Medieval, Renaissance:

Backgrounds of English Literature

  • ENGL 347 Great Writings of Europe 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of selected texts that significantly enhance understanding of English literature.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Margaret A Kilgour (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 348 Great Writings of Europe 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of selected texts that significantly enhance understanding of English literature.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jamie Fumo (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ENGL 349 English Literature and Folklore 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of representative texts from Beowulf to the late Renaissance period in relation to their background in folk tradition. A focus on the origin and development of folklore motifs.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall

Old English

  • ENGL 342 Introduction to Old English (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : An introduction to grammar and basic vocabulary in Old English.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Dorothy A Bray (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 351.
  • ENGL 349 English Literature and Folklore 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of representative texts from Beowulf to the late Renaissance period in relation to their background in folk tradition. A focus on the origin and development of folklore motifs.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ENGL 452 Studies in Old English (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Study of an aspect of Old English Literature which presupposes a grounding in the language.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Dorothy A Bray (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ENGL 351 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor

Medieval

Renaissance

Revision, May 2013. Start of revision.
Revision, May 2013. End of revision.

Areas of English Literature

6 credits, 3 credits each from two of the following areas: Restoration, 18th Century, Romantic, Victorian, 19th Century American:

Restoration

18 Century

Romantic

Victorian

19th Century American

Areas of English Literature

3 credits from one of the following areas: Early 20th Century, Modernist, Post-modernist, Contemporary:

Early 20th Century

Modernist

Post-modernist

Contemporary

Additional Literature

6 additional credits from ENGL offerings in Literature which includes all the courses specifically listed in the Literature categories above and the courses listed below. Any ENGL course not on these Literature lists, such as courses in Cultural Studies, may not count toward the Major Concentration in English - Literature.

Major Author

3 credits on a Major Author must be included in the 27 complementary course credits.

Faculty of Arts—2013-2014 (last updated Aug. 21, 2013) (disclaimer)