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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 5, 2015
Canadian Excellence

100-level Courses, 2014-15

Detailed Course Information, 2014-15

Note 1: First-year students may choose ONLY 100-level English courses.

Note 2: For large lectures with tutorials, students must register for a lecture and one tutorial. All tutorials begin in Week 2.

Note 3: For lecture-only or lecture+online tutorial courses, students may add themselves to course waitlists if the courses are full.

Note 4: For up-to-date course information (days/times/rooms), please consult the Class Schedules website.





Day / Time




Literature and Catastrophe


MW 5:30 - 6:50


Dr. T. Dobozy

This course will focus on novels, plays, poems, and graphic novels that deal with the end of the world. Topics studied will include the collapse of western culture, ecological cataclysm, political dystopias, nuclear holocaust, and zombie apocalypse. Students will be expected, by end of term, to have facility with different genres, to analyze literary works, and to produce cogent written arguments on selected topics regarding these works.


Literature and the Environment


MWF 2:30 - 3:50


Dr. J. Kerber

In this course, we will study fiction, poetry, prose, and/or drama addressing a variety of human responses to environmental change, stretching from seventeenth-century texts about dirty urban air and the politics of animal and plant breeding, to recent speculative fiction about looming extinctions and future life in an altered climate. An introduction to some of the major ways that literary and cultural critics have approached environmental writing in past historical periods will be combined with a consideration of how contemporary writers and artists are confronting (and re-imagining) some of the most pressing ecological issues of our time. The British thinker Raymond Williams has said that nature is “perhaps the most complex word in the language.” Through the practices of reading, writing, and discussion, we will consider some of the reasons why this might be so, as well as debate whether we are in fact living in a ‘post-natural’ era.


Effective Reading and Writing
TR 11:30 - 12:50
Dr. M. Poetzsch

This course will introduce students to the principles and practical methodologies that promote effective reading and writing in a literary context. Beginning with the idea that most of the reading we do in our everyday lives is non- or pre-critical — a merely linear process of passing our eyes from one word to the next and getting as quickly as possible to "the gist" — this course is rooted in the idea of reading and writing as forms of "analysis," which literally means to break down or resolve a complex structure into its constituent elements. Students will thus be taught not only how but why to read more slowly, more closely, and more deliberately, with a view to developing a practice of writing that grows from such careful reading strategies.


Reading Fiction
R 2:30 - 4:20
Dr. L. Shakinovsky
A critical exploration of short stories and novels with emphasis on the structural and narrative features of prose fiction.

Note: There are weekly tutorials in addition to 2 hours of lecture time.


Reading Fiction


W 2:30 - 4:20


A critical exploration of short stories and novels with emphasis on the structural and narrative features of prose fiction.

Note: There are weekly tutorials in addition to 2 hours of lecture time.


Enriched Literary Studies: Elements and Approaches


MWF 9:30 - 10:20


Dr. K. Bell

An intensive reading course that introduces students to the elements of literature and literary analysis through a variety of approaches and texts (fiction, poetry, drama) from different historical periods and cultural contexts.  Students will read three novels from the 19th century to the present, a sampling of poetic genres (the sonnet, Metaphysical poetry, the dramatic monologue and lyric), and read/watch one 20th century play.