Welcome to ENG1020E (Sect. 003)

Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

  • Fall/Winter 2014-2015
  • Instructor: Mark McDayter
  • Teaching Assistant: Kate Traill
  • Lecture: Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Tutorials: Wednesdays, 9:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Classroom: D. B. Weldon Library 258
  • Tutorials: 
    • D. B. Weldon Library 258 (056)
    • Sommerville House 3307 (057)

Where does “literature today” come from? What is “literature today” like?  The literary texts that we read and enjoy in English were not born from a vacuum, but developed from a richly diverse and immensely complicated cultural tradition that spans hundreds of years and every continent on earth.  This section of ENG1020E will explore the connections between literature and culture, with a particular focus upon both modern and early modern texts and ways of writing. In the course of these explorations, we will read poetry, fiction, criticism, plays, a graphic novel, and literature in digital formats, including blogs, social media, and video, while discussing these within such contexts as colonialism, sexuality, and identity.

Recognizing that all texts are, to some degree or another, “social texts,” produced and ultimately read and understood as much by communities as by individuals, this section of ENG1020E will focus some attention upon group work in tutorial and lecture, and will engage students as an online community through blogging and social media. A fair amount of time will be devoted to learning how to write university-level essays, and students will also be introduced to a number of research tools and methodologies.


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