Faculty of Arts

Third Year English Courses

Listed below are the course descriptions for all third-year English courses offered at TRU. Not all courses will be offered in a given year.


CMNS 3070 ***Studies in Rhetoric (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course covers special topics in rhetorical theories and their applications.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
Note: students cannot receive credit for both CMNS 3070 and ENGL 3070
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ENGL 3080 Advanced Composition 1 - Personal Expression (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course focuses on the rhetoric of personal expression, especially description and narration. Students are introduced to the concept of how multiple literacies variously compete and interact in the world around us; in practical terms, the course explores how a focus on personal expression can be used to improve writing skills at an advanced level.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline) Note that students cannot receive credit for both CMNS 3080 and ENGL 3080
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ENGL 3120 Indigenous Dramas (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine plays by Indigenous peoples with a focus on understanding the connections between traditional storytelling and staged works. Issues of ethnicity, appropriation, hybridity, historical revisionism, canon formation, and cultural stereotyping may be discussed. Students study plays in their historical and cultural contexts and examine the development of First Nations theatre.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent AND completion of 45 credits OR permission of the instructor or department chair
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ENGL 3140 ***Studies in Fiction (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course includes special topics involving thematic, generic, or formal approaches to fiction. Students may take this course more than once, provided the content is different each time. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, and completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3150 Studies in Non-Fiction (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students discuss the development and theory of a non-fiction genre, including autobiography, biography, creative non-fiction, memoir, or travel narrative. This course may be taken more than once, provided the content is different each time. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, and completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3160 ***Studies in Literature and the Other Arts (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students analyze the strategies writers and artists in other media use to deal with common themes, and examine problems in formal and stylistic relationships between literature and other arts. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, and completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3170 Science Fiction (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students focus on the main trends in science fiction since 1960, including works by Dick, Ballard, Le Guin, Gibson, and others.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, and completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3180 Children's Literature (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine works of children's literature from the last three centuries (including selected fairy tales, novels, stories, poems, and picture books) in order to explore changing perceptions of childhood over time. Students consider how literature aimed at children was used to differentiate children from adults (as well as to challenge such a distinction), to entertain, and to socialize children on issues relevant to their lives in a rapidly changing world. The course also explores connections between children's literature and adult cultural traditions, and demonstrates the importance of the hybrid (or simultaneous child and adult) audiences suggested by many of these works.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, and completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3190 ***Studies in the Intellectual Backgrounds of Literature (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course covers special topics in the history of ideas, with particular reference to ideas that illuminate or are embodied in literature. Students may take this course more than once provided the content is different each time. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, and completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3240 Fairy Tale Variants and Transformations (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the history of several fairy tales from oral folklore to early written versions, as well as subsequent literary variants from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries.
Prerequisite: Six credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent AND completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3250 Women's Memoirs (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine memoirs as a unique sub-genre included under the umbrella term "Life Writing." Through close reading of example narratives from different places and times, students understand the main differences between traditional autobiographies and the memoir form. Students also consider how women in particular have found the memoir form to be a useful tool of self-representation in various contexts.
Prerequisite: Six credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent AND completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor or department chair
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ENGL 3300 Reading Literature and Literary Theory: Advanced Skills (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides an opportunity for extended practice in literary criticism -- that is, in reading works closely and responding to them through interpretation and evaluation. Students examine a limited number of texts through a variety of critical theories such as formalism, reader response, psychological, New Historicist, feminist, deconstruction and cultural criticism. Students gain an understanding of the theories and of the degree to which each approach 'opens up' a text.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, and completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor Recommended: This course is recommended for English Majors.
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ENGL 3330 *** Special Topics in Creative Writing (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers the advanced study and practice of one or more of the following topics: literature for a young audience, and genre writing (for example, mystery, horror, or fantasy). Through readings and workshops, students define their own projects and produce a substantial portfolio of original work. Students may take this course more than once, provided the content is different each time. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110, ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor Recommended: ENGL 1150
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ENGL 3320 Modern Critical Theories (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course surveys major modern theories, and provides students with an opportunity to apply them to literary texts.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, and completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3330 *** Special Topics in Creative Writing (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers the advanced study and practice of one or more of the following topics: literature for a young audience, and genre writing (for example, mystery, horror, or fantasy). Through readings and workshops, students define their own projects and produce a substantial portfolio of original work. Students may take this course more than once, provided the content is different each time. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110, ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor Recommended: ENGL 1150
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ENGL 3340 Writing Speculative Fiction (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This advanced course in writing speculative fiction includes work on projects in science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, and prehistoric fiction, and progresses through discussion, lectures, and workshops. Assignments, discussions, readings and workshops focus on learning and implementing a variety of fictional methods within these genres. Students explore the intersections of the known and unknown worlds through the tools of literary fiction.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor Recommended: ENGL 1150
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ENGL 3350 ***Studies in Major Authors (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course probes the works of no more than two significant writers. Specific topics are announced each year. Students may take this course more than once, provided the content is different each time. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3360 Advanced Short Fiction Writing (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Through readings, discussion, lectures, and workshops, this course provides an opportunity for advanced practice in writing fictional short stories, between 1,000 and 10,000 words in length. Students produce a substantial portfolio of original work.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor. Recommended: ENGL 1150
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ENGL 3370 Novel Writing (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Through readings, discussion, lectures, and workshops, this course provides an opportunity for practice in planning and writing a novel. Students define their own projects and produce the first 30 pages of a novel as well as a substantial synopsis of the whole work.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor. Recommended: ENGL 1150
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ENGL 3380 Advanced Poetry Writing (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Through readings, discussion, lectures, and workshops, this course provides an opportunity for practice in planning and writing poetry. Assignments and workshops focus on learning, implementing, and revising a variety of poetic forms and styles. Students learn about a variety of poetic schools and traditions.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor Recommended: ENGL 1150
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ENGL 3390 Advanced Drama Writing (1,2,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Through readings, discussion, lectures, and workshops, this course provides an opportunity for advanced practice in writing stage plays. Students are expected to write a one-act play of 20-40 pages.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100, 1110, 1120, 1140, or 1210 in addition to 3rd year standing or permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor Recommended: ENGL 1150
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ENGL 3410 Screenwriting (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore both similarities and differences in stage and screen writing, through examining and participating in: a critical analysis of contemporary short screenplays as models; developmental exercises on techniques of screen writing; and in-class workshops. The course is based on the premise that creative writing is a craft that requires knowledge of contemporary practitioners in a given genre as well as continual practice.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3550 Chaucer (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides a detailed study of Chaucer's major works.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3650 Shakespeare (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course consists of lectures on various aspects of Shakespeare's art, and includes a detailed study of twelve plays.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3660 Studies in Shakespeare (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers rotating content in Shakespeare studies. Students may take this course (with different content) more than once. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3710 Poetry of the Early Seventeenth Century (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the two main traditions of English verse in this 'golden age of poetry': the metaphysical and neo-classical. Of the metaphysical poets, Donne and Herbert receive most attention, while Jonson and Herrick are most representative of the neo-classical tradition. Interesting variations within each mode are also considered. The emergence of women's writing in this context is important, especially in the works of Lanyer, Wroth, and Philips. Students consider such topics as the politics of desire, representing the sacred, the ideology of landscape, the emergence of the subject, and the usefulness of such terms as 'metaphysical,' and 'neo-classical.' Emphasis is placed on the thoughtful reading of poems in their cultural context for the purpose of appreciating each poet's literary art.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3730 ***Topics in Seventeenth-Century Literature (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course explores special themes, forms, and authors (excluding Milton) of seventeenth century literature. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3740 Milton's Paradise Lost (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth appreciation of Milton's Paradise Lost, one of the most influential poems in the English language. As well as reading the poem closely and considering such topics as Milton's epic style, the gendering of Adam and Eve, the relationship between individual liberty and authority, the characterization of Satan, and Milton's use of symbolic forms and images, we place the poem in the context of Milton's life and his participation in the Civil War. Above all, Milton's achievement in the art of poetry is emphasized since this is what influenced such diverse writers as Blake and Pope, Eliot and Melville, Byron and Bronte, Pullman and Lewis and led him to have such an important impact on literary tradition.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3750 Milton (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is an in-depth examination of the works, and their contexts, of seventeenth century English poet, John Milton.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3810 Poetry of the Age of Dryden and Pope (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore poetry from the Restoration to the middle of the eighteenth century. Representative authors include Rochester, Finch, and Addison, in addition to Dryden and Pope.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3810 Poetry of the Age of Dryden and Pope (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore poetry from the Restoration to the middle of the eighteenth century. Representative authors include Rochester, Finch, and Addison, in addition to Dryden and Pope.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3820 Poetry of the Middle and Late Eighteenth Century (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore poetry from the time of Johnson to the beginnings of Romanticism. Representative authors include Johnson, Collins, Smart, and Cowper.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor
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ENGL 3840 The English Novel in the Eighteenth Century (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine, in chronological sequence, the growth of the novel in eighteenth-century England, by looking at the relationship (sometimes hostile, sometimes sympathetic) between the novel and the traditions of comedy, romance, and epic. Topics include an examination of the relationship between the novel and journalistic prose, autobiography, and biography.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140, ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3850 Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century Literature (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a survey of Restoration and early eighteenth century English literature and its backgrounds. Students examine poetry, drama and prose. The course is organized chronologically, to emphasize literary developments.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3860 Mid and Late Eighteenth Century Literature (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a survey of literature from the middle to the end of the eighteenth century. Students explore poetry, drama and prose, as well as backgrounds to the works studied. The course is organized chronologically, to emphasize literary developments.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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ENGL 3890 Studies in Eighteenth Century Thought and Literature (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This single-term or full-year course studies systems of thought, or other cultural elements, as they contribute to the interpretation and evaluation of literature. Students may take this course more than once, provided the content is different each time. Since the content of this course varies, please visit the English and Modern Languages web pages, pick up a booklet of course offerings, or contact the English Department to request more information.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210, Completion of 45 credits, or permission of the instructor.
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