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Faculty List

  • M. Assif, B.A. (Hassan II), M.A., Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • C. Bolus-Reichert, M.A., Ph.D. (Indiana), Associate Professor 
  • U. Chakravarty, B.A. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor 
  • R.M. Brown, M.A., Ph.D. (Binghamton), Professor Emeritus
  • M.C. Cuddy-Keane, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor Emerita
  • N. Dolan, M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard), Associate Professor
  • A. DuBois, B.A. (Duke), Ph.D. (Harvard), Associate Professor
  • D. Flynn, M.A., Ph.D. (Berkeley), Lecturer
  • K. Gaston, A.B. (Princeton), M.Phil. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor 
  • M.B. Goldman, M.A. (Victoria), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • S.D. King, M.A., Ph.D. (Western), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • K.R. Larson, M.Phil., M.St. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor
  • G. Leonard, M.A., Ph.D. (Florida), Professor
  • A. Maurice, M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell), Associate Professor
  • A. Milne, M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster), Lecturer
  • S. Nikkila, B.A. (Harvard), Ph.D. (Edinburgh), Lecturer
  • Y. Ryzhik, Ph.D. (Harvard), Assistant Professor (CLTA) 
  • S. Sathiyaseelan, M.A. (Nebraska-Lincoln), Ph.D. (Florida State), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • S. Saljoughi, B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Ryerson), M.A. (Ryerson), Ph.D. (Minnesota), Assistant Professor
  • N. ten Kortenaar, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • D. Tysdal, B.A. (Regina), M.A. (Acadia), M.A. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • K. Vernon, B.A., M.A. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. (Victoria), Assistant Professor
  • L. Wey, M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard), Lecturer
  • A. Westoll, B.Sc. (Queens), M.F.A. (UBC), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

 

Chair: K. Larson

The discipline of English at UTSC explores the rich variety of texts produced in the English-speaking world across historical periods and geographical boundaries. Encompassing creative writing, film studies, and literature, our curriculum encourages students to think and write critically about the development of particular genres, the relationship between literary works and other art forms, and the production and dissemination of texts in different historical and cultural contexts. The English Programs at UTSC give students the tools to engage with new ways of thinking, speaking, and writing about the world around them and, in so doing, to interact with and to change that world through critical language and argument.

  • A-level courses introduce students to the study of English at the University level.
  • B-level courses have no prerequisites and are available both to beginners and to more advanced students.
  • C-level courses are designed to build upon previous work. While they are open to all upper-level students, they presuppose some background in critical skills.
  • D-level courses provide opportunities for more sophisticated study and require some independent work on the part of the student. These courses are generally restricted in enrolment and focus on seminar discussion.

Students are advised to check the prerequisites for C- and D-level courses when planning their individual programs, and to consult with the Program Supervisor before taking courses on other campuses.

Students planning to pursue graduate studies in English are advised to include ENGC15H3 within their program (it is required for the English Specialist) and to consider enrolling in ENGD98Y3, an intensive capstone seminar that provides qualified students with the opportunity to develop a senior essay project under the supervision of a faculty member in English. The Program Supervisor is available by appointment to advise students selecting courses with graduate study in mind.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) /Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education provide students with a direct pathway to the completion, in 6 years, of their Undergraduate degree, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications, and Master’s degree.​ These Combined Degree Programs allow students to complete 1.0 credit in courses that may be counted towards both degrees.

The Combined Degree Programs options are:

  • English (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  • English (Specialist Co-op), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  • English (Major), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  • English (Major Co-op), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.​

Guidelines for first-year course selection
ENGA01H3 and ENGA02H3 introduce students to the study of literature at the university level and are part of the core requirements for the English Specialist, Major, and Minor as well as the Creative Writing Minor. ENGA10H3 and/or ENGA11H3 provide another valuable entry point to introductory work in literary studies. First-year students who are considering the Minor in Literature and Film Studies should enroll in ENGA10H3 and/or ENGA11H3, which are part of the core requirements for this program. All of these courses are also open to students with a general interest in English. First-year are welcome to begin taking B-level classes alongside their introductory 

The Minor programs in both Creative Writing and Film & Literature Studies can be paired alongside a Major in English, if desired, as there are enough exclusive credits between program requirements.

English Courses

The following categories offer a broad orientation to English as a discipline and suggest some of our department’s core areas of strength. They can be a guide for selecting related courses as students move through the program. They also highlight some of the possible routes and threads students can follow as they develop particular areas of interest.   

Students should keep in mind that these categories are not mutually exclusive and that an important aspect of studying English literature involves thinking critically about the construction of historical and thematic boundaries. Students are also encouraged to develop thematic routes and threads through the program that reflect their individual areas of interest. Faculty members are available for individual consultation to discuss possibilities.

Medieval Literature
ENGB27H3 Charting Literary History I
ENGB31H3 The Romance: In Quest of the Marvelous
ENGB39H3 Tolkien’s Middle Ages
ENGC29H3 Chaucer
ENGC30H3 Studies in Medieval Literature
ENGC40H3 Medieval Life Writing
ENGD29H3 Chaucer's Early Works
ENGD30H3 Topics in Medieval Literature

Early Modern (Renaissance) Literature
ENGB27H3 Charting Literary History I
ENGB32H3 Shakespeare in Context I
ENGB33H3 Shakespeare in Context II
ENGC10H3 Studies in Shakespeare
ENGC33H3 Deceit, Dissent, and the English Civil Wars, 1603-1660
ENGC34H3 Early Modern Women and Literature, 1500-1700
ENGC35H3 Imagined Communities in Early Modern England, 1500-1700
ENGD14H3 Topics in Early Modern Literature and Culture
ENGD19H3 Theoretical Approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture

Long 18th-Century British Literature  
ENGB28H3 Charting Literary History II
ENGC36H3 Literature and Culture, 1660-1750
ENGC37H3 Literature and Culture, 1750-1830
ENGC38H3 Novel Genres: Fiction, Journalism, News, and Autobiography, 1640-1750
ENGC39H3 The Early Novel in Context, 1740-1830
ENGC69H3 Gothic Literature
ENGD18H3 Topics in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830

Long 19th-Century British Literature (Includes Romantic and Victorian)
ENGB28H3 Charting Literary History II
ENGC21H3 The Victorian Novel 
ENGC22H3 Victorian Popular Fiction
ENGC25H3 Victorian Poetry and Prose 
ENGC42H3 Romanticism
ENGC43H3 Nineteenth-Century Literature and Contemporary Culture
ENGC69H3 Gothic Literature
ENGD43H3 Topics in Romanticism, 1750-1850
ENGD48H3 Studies in Major Victorian Writers
ENGD89H3 Topics in the Victorian Period

Modernism, Modernity, and Postmodernity
ENGA10H3 Literature and Film for our Time: Visions and Revisions
ENGA11H3 Literature and Film for our Time: Dawn of the Digital
ENGB14H3 Twentieth-Century Drama
ENGB28H3 Charting Literary History II
ENGB75H3 Cinema and Modernity I
ENGB76H3 Cinema and Modernity II
ENGC47H3 Modernist Poetry
ENGC80H3 Modernist Narrative
ENGD07H3 Studies in Postmodern Poetry
ENGD13H3 Rap Poetics
ENGD42H3 Studies in Major Modernist Writers
ENGD91H3 Avant-Garde Cinema

Canadian Literature
ENGB06H3 Canadian Literature to 1900
ENGB07H3 Canadian Literature 1900 to Present
ENGB25H3 The Canadian Short Story
ENGC01H3 Indigenous Literature of Turtle Island (Canada)
ENGC02H3 Major Canadian Authors
ENGC03H3 Topics in Canadian Fiction
ENGC07H3 Canadian Drama
ENGC09H3 Canadian Poetry
ENGC70H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980
ENGC71H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980
ENGD05H3 Diasporic-Indigenous Relations on Turtle Island ​
ENGD57H3 Studies in Major Canadian Writers
ENGD58H3 Topics in Canadian Literature
ENGD80H3 Women and Canadian Writing
ENGD84H3 Canadian Writing for the New Century

American Literature
ENGB08H3 American Literature to 1860
ENGB09H3 American Literature from the Civil War to the Present
ENGC12H3 Individualism and Community in American Literature
ENGC13H3 Ethnic Traditions in American Literature
ENGC50H3 Studies in Contemporary American Fiction
ENGC70H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980
ENGC71H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980
ENGC91H3 American Realisms
ENGD59H3 Topics in American Poetry
ENGD60H3 Topics in American Prose

Postcolonial, Diasporic, and World Literatures
ENGB17H3 Contemporary Literature from the Caribbean
ENGB19H3 Contemporary Literature from South Asia
ENGB22H3 Contemporary Literature from Africa
ENGC51H3 Contemporary Arab Women Writers
ENGC59H3 Geography and Regionalism in Literature
ENGC70H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature to 1980
ENGC71H3 The Immigrant Experience in Literature since 1980
ENGC83H3 World Cinema
ENGC84H3 Cinema and Migration
ENGD08H3 Topics in African Literature
ENGD62H3 Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGD71H3 Studies in Arab North American Literature
ENGD96H3 Iranian Cinema

Form and Genre
ENGA01H3 What is Literature?
ENGB04H3 How to Read a Poem
ENGB12H3 Life Writing
ENGB14H3 Twentieth-Century Drama
ENGB30H3 Classical Myth and Literature
ENGB31H3 The Romance: In Quest of the Marvelous
ENGB34H3 The Short Story
ENGB35H3 Children’s Literature
ENGB70H3 How to Read a Film 
ENGC23H3 Fantasy and the Fantastic in Literature and the Other Arts
ENGC24H3 Creative Writing: The Art of the Personal Essay
ENGC26H3 Drama: Tragedy
ENGC27H3 Drama: Comedy
ENGC38H3 Novel Genres: Fiction, Journalism, News, and Autobiography, 1640-1750
ENGC48H3 Satire
ENGC47H3 Modernist Poetry
ENGC54H3 Gender and Genre
ENGC69H3 Gothic Literature
ENGC78H3 Dystopian Visions in Fiction and Film
ENGC80H3 Modernist Narrative
ENGC90H3 Topics in Classical Myth and Literature
ENGD07H3 Studies in Postmodern Poetry
ENGD12H3 Topics in Life Writing
ENGD13H3 Rap Poetics
ENGD94H3 Stranger Than Fiction: The Documentary Film

Aspects of Theory
ENGB50H3 Women and Literature: Forging a Tradition
ENGC15H3 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism
ENGC54H3 Gender and Genre
ENGC59H3 Geography and Regionalism in Literature
ENGC76H3 The Body in Literature and Film
ENGC82H3 Topics in Cinema Studies
ENGD03H3 Topics in Contemporary Literary Theory
ENGD19H3 Theoretical Approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture
ENGD55H3 Literature, Politics, Revolution
ENGD93H3 Theoretical Approaches to Cinema
ENGD98Y3 Senior Essay and Capstone Seminar

Literature, Culture, and the Other Arts
ENGA10H3 Literature and Film for our Time: Visions and Revisions
ENGA11H3 Literature and Film for our Time: Dawn of the Digital
ENGB37H3 Popular Literature and Mass Culture
ENGB38H3 The Graphic Novel
ENGB50H3 Literature and Science
ENGC04H3 Creative Writing: Screenwriting
ENGC05H3 Creative Writing: Poetry and New Media
ENGC06H3 Creative Writing: Writing for Comics
ENGC11H3 Poetry and Popular Culture
ENGC23H3 Fantasy and the Fantastic in Literature and the Other Arts
ENGC43H3 Nineteenth-Century Literature and Contemporary Culture
ENGC54H3 Gender and Genre
ENGC56H3 Literature and Media: From Page to Screen
ENGC76H3 The Body in Literature and Film
ENGC78H3 Dystopian Visions in Fiction and Film
ENGC79H3 Above and Beyond: Superheroes in Film and Fiction
ENGC89H3 Creative Writing and Performance
ENGD13H3 Rap Poetics
ENGD50H3 Fake Friends and Artificial Intelligence: The Human-Robot Relationship in Literature and Culture
ENGD54H3 Comparative Approaches to Literature and Culture
ENGD68H3 Topics in Literature and Religion

Creative Writing
ENGB60H3 Creative Writing: Poetry I
ENGB61H3 Creative Writing: Fiction I
ENGB63H3 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction I
ENGC04H3 Creative Writing: Screenwriting
ENGC05H3 Creative Writing: Poetry, Experimentation, and Activism​
ENGC06H3 Creative Writing: Writing for Comics
ENGC08H3 Special Topics in Creative Writing I
ENGC24H3 Creative Writing: The Art of the Personal Essay 
ENGC86H3 Creative Writing: Poetry II
ENGC87H3 Creative Writing: Fiction II
ENGC88H3 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction II
ENGD22H3 Special Topics in Creative Writing II
ENGD26Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGD27Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Prose
ENGD28Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Special Topics

Literature and Film Studies
ENGB70H3 How to Read a Film 
ENGB74H3 The Body in Literature and Film
ENGB75H3 Cinema and Modernity I
ENGB76H3 Cinema and Modernity II
ENGC56H3 Literature and Media: From Page to Screen
ENGC75H3 Freaks and Geeks: Children in Contemporary Film and Media​
ENGC78H3 Dystopian Visions in Fiction and Film
ENGC82H3 Topics in Cinema Studies
ENGC83H3 World Cinema
ENGC84H3 Cinema and Migration
ENGC92H3 Film Theory​
ENGD52H3 Cinema: The Auteur Theory
ENGD62H3 Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGD91H3 Avant-Garde Cinema
ENGD93H3 Theoretical Approaches to Cinema
ENGD94H3 Stranger than Fiction: The Documentary Film
ENGD96H3 Iranian Cinema

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.