English Courses

English Courses @ X

Please note: 

English 100, 111/112, 215, 233, 238/239 (formerly 237), 263, and 264 are normally offered every year.

All other courses in the 200, 300, and 400 levels are offered on a rotating basis over a two- or three-year period. The senior seminars are offered on a priority basis to senior Advanced Majors and Honours students. Other students interested in taking a senior seminar should inquire with the departmental chair (jpotts@stfx.ca) or administrative assistant (english@stfx.ca) about availability and prerequisites.
 

Note: ENGL 100, 111/112, or equivalent is required for entrance to all other ENGL courses (2019-2020 Academic Calendar, p. 80).

The list of Course Offerings for the 2019-2020 academic term.


 

FIRST-YEAR ENGLISH COURSES at StFX

English 100 and English 111/112 are equivalents, and both patterns act as prerequisites for future English courses at X. Students will receive credit for one or the other, not both. English 111 may be offered in both Fall and Winter, while 112 will normally be offered in Winter. Students may take 111 and 112 in different sections and with different professors, and even in different years (i.e., you can take 111 in your first year, and 112 in your second or subsequent years). If you enroll in English 100 and decide to leave the course before January, you might consider enrolling in English 111 in your second semester.

FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS: When you arrive at StFX, many of your courses will transfer as StFX equivalents. If your courses transfer in as any of the following, you should take English 112 if you intend to take future English courses: 111, 100A and 100B. If you arrive with only the equivalent of 112 or with courses that transferred as 193 or 196, please contact the Department.

 

ENGL 100 Introduction to Literature and Critical Writing

Language, Myth, and Culture. This course introduces students to the critical tools and methods of literary study, including close reading and argumentative writing. Students will learn about the history of genres (e.g. poetry, drama, and the novel) and forms of literature (e.g. tragedy, realism). Texts may include the earliest writing in English to more recent works in various media. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 100, ENGL 110 or ENGL 111/112. Six credits.

ENGL 111 Literature and Academic Writing 1

This course will give students key skills such as: how to write literary-critical essays; how to build a question or problem from a close-reading of a literary work; how to frame an argument in a way that gives it purpose; how to develop that argument by presenting and analyzing evidence; how to engage in scholarly debate; how to do literary-critical research. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 111, 100 or 110. Three credits.
Sections 12, 13 and 20 are themed:
ENGL 111:12 - Dead/Undead
ENGL 111:13 - Race and Racism
ENGL 111:20 - Why does Art Matter?

ENGL 112 Literature and Academic Writing II

This course follows ENGL 111. It introduces students to the study of literature by familiarizing them with literary-critical concepts and terminology, by fostering an understanding of genre and form, by teaching the fundamental skill of close-reading, and by introducing them to literary works from a range of historical periods. Prerequisite: ENGL 111. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 112, 100 or 110. Three credits.
Sections 10 and 22 are themed:
ENGL 112:10 - Modern Love
ENGL 112:22 - Becoming Yourself: Stories of Early Adulthood

 

Prerequisite: ENGL 100, 110, 111/112, or equivalent.

ENGL 201 Science Fiction and Fantasy

This course will examine the history of speculative literature, including the relationship between science and narrative, the rise of ethnic science fiction and fantasy, and ways in which the future and the past might be imagined. Three credits.

ENGL 206 World Masterpieces I: The Classical World

Through a reading of Homer's classical and influential poems (the Iliad and Odyssey), the course will explore how the ancient world thought texts worked. Readings will include Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, Horace and others. The course will also look at the New Testament's adaptation of older texts, including the Old Testament, from a literary vantage point. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 207 World Masterpieces II: Medieval and Renaissance

Imagination, Dream and Vision. An introduction to masterpieces in Westerm literature, in translation, focused on medieval and Renaissance/early modern Europe. Texts might include The Dream of the Rood, The Wife of Bath's Tale, excerpts from The Faerie Queene, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Eve of Saint Agnes. Three credits.

ENGL 211 Introduction to Film and Media Studies

This course will consider concepts and discussions that have developed in the history of film, television, and media studies. Students will be introduced to the vocabulary of film and media studies, techniques of analysis, and major theoretical discussions in these fields. Screenings will introduce students to various kinds of films, dating from the early 20th century to the present. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 211, 209 or 297 "Analyzing Film". Three credits. 

ENGL 215 Principles and Practices of Literary Criticism

This course builds on the skills students acquire in ENGL 100. Its aim is twofold. On the one hand, it will concern itself with philosophical questions regarding literariness, form and genre, and schools of critical approach (e.g. rhetorical, historical, sex and gender, sociological, political, psychological, neo-formal). On the other hand, it will develop practical skills by: expanding critical vocabulary; developing abilities to write argumentatively; and increasing proficiency with sources and databases. Three credits.

ENGL 217 British Fiction, 1900-1950

A study of British fiction in the first half of the 20th century. Literary works will be considered in relationship to central cultural and intellectual developments of this period, as well as crucial historical points of reference (the world wars, colonialism and decolonization). Authors to be studied may include Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Elizabeth Bowen. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 217 and ENGL 350. Three credits.

ENGL 218 Contemporary British Fiction

This course will examine British fiction published since 1950. We will be concerned in particular with the following issues: changing conceptions of British national identity, and the relationship between these changes and the development of British fiction; ongoing discussions in this period on the capabilities and responsibilities of fictional narrative; the notions of postmodernism and late modernism and the pertinence of these periodizing terms to post-war British fiction. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 218 and ENGL 350. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 231 Introduction to Creative Writing -- Also see "Creative Writing Courses @ X"

This course teaches students how to write creatively in two genres—poetry and fiction—in a workshop setting.  Students will explore those elements of composition (imagery, dialogue, point of view, characterization, etc.) that make for interesting and challenging writing. Six credits.

ENGL 233 Children's Literature: 1865 to the Present

Using the landmark publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as a starting point, this course provides a critical survey of children's literature in Britain, America, and Canada. Authors to be studied include Carroll, L.M. Montgomery, Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl, R.L. Stevenson, E.B. White, and various picture books. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 233 or ENGL 234. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 238 Shakespeare's Early Works

An introduction to Shakespeare's early works, covering his writing from 1585 to 1600. Works may include histories, tragedies, comedies, and poetry. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 238 and ENGL 237. Three credits.

ENGL 239 Shakespeare's Later Works

An introduction to Shakespeare's later works, from roughly 1600 to his death in 1616. Works studied may include tragedies, romances, comedies and poetry. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 239 and ENGL 237. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 240 Literature of the Middle East

This course will introduce students to the rich literary heritage of various countries in the Middle East. In addition to the geographic range, the course will also introduce students to various kinds of literature including traditional poetry and folk tales, but the main focus will be the novel and the short story of the twentieth century. Writers studied may include Najib Mahfuz, Elias Khoury, Hanan al-Shaykh, Ghassan Kanafani, Tayeb Salih, Muhammad Shukri, and others. Three credits.

ENGL 241 Modern & Contemporary Poetry

A study of some of the major poets of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Mariann Moore, W.B. Yeats, Gwendolyn Brooks, Philip Larkin, Derek Walcott, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Henri Cole, Eavan Boldan, etc. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 241, 320, or ENGL 298 "Modern & Contemporary Poetry." Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 243 The Protomodern American Novel 

In this course we will examine novels written between 1870 and 1910 that establish the concerns that we now associate with modernism. Topics include time, consciousness, inequality, photography, urbanization, art, nativism, utopianism, ethnicity and exile. Authors we might read include Edward Bellamy, Theodore Dreiser, Frank Norris, Jacob Riis, Mark Twain, Henry James, William James, Stephen Crane, Harold Frederic, Ellen Glasgow, Charles Chesnutt, Abraham Cahan, Jack London, Mary Antin and James Weldon Johnson. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 243 and ENGL 344. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 245 Postcolonial Literature

This course will introduce you to the culture of empire and to a growing body of writing that has come to be called "postcolonial." Broadly defined as the literature of peoples who have experienced colonialism, this body of writing raises important questions about place, identity and belonging, and about the role of literature in representing nation, empire, and globalization. We will read fiction, poetry, and essays by writers from Europe, Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 245 and ENGL 247. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 253 Coffeehouse Culture of 18th-Century England

A course exploring a variety of works through the lens of the 18th-century coffeehouse. Focusing primarily on the periodical literature of the time—The TatlerThe SpectatorThe Plain Dealer and The Female Spectator—and novels and poetry, the course will consider themes like conversation, urban space, taste and culture, consumerism, gender fashioning, and the private subject made public. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 254 Topics in 18th-Century Literature

"The Whore's Story." This course explores the changing literary, social and cultural significance of the figure of the whore in a variety of 18th-century works. Poetry, pornography, and pamphlets, as well as Hogarth's engravings A Harlot's Progress, Behn's play, The Rover, and Cleland's novel, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasur (aka Fanny Hill) will be studied among other works. Graphic language and content may offend some students. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 256 The British Novel, 1850-1900

In considering British fiction produced from 1850 to 1900, we'll encounter vampire stories, some of the earliest science fiction, novels about time travel and Martian invasions, influential detective fiction (Sherlock Holmes stories), love stories, and a strikingly weird cast of fictional monsters (Mr. Hyde, Dracula). Works to be studied may include: Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle. Three credits.

ENGL 257 The 21st-Century American Novel

This course will introduce students to recent formal and generic developments in the American novel and situate these trends within the history of the novel as a literary form. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 263 Canadian Literature I: 18th and 19th Centuries

This course will survey Canadian poetry and prose in the historical contexts of exploration, settlement, and Confederation.  Students will examine early Canadian authors’ engagements with the Romantics and Victorians, and will consider the emergence of a national literature.  Selected authors may include Frances Brooke, Samuel Hearne, John Richardson, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Susanna Moodie, James de Mille, Isabella Valancy Crawford, and Sir Charles G.D. Roberts. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 263 or ENGL 265. Three credits.

ENGL 264 Canadian Literature II: The 20th Century and After

This course examines the major genres of Canadian writing during the 20th and 21st centuries, including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The course will emphasize key aesthetic developments within the contexts of modernism, feminism, postcolonialism, regionalism, postmodemism, environmentalism, culture and race. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 264 or ENGL 265. Three credits.

ENGL 270 The Romantic Gothic: Poetry and Short Fiction

A survey of the emergence of the Gothic in poetry by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and others, and short fiction by various 19th-century authors. The course will examine how social and cultural anxieties about the female body, social degeneration and the criminal underworld, the advancement of science and medicine, and other spectres that haunt us are translated into literature about the supernatural, doppelgangers, grave-robbers, and madness. Three credits.

ENGL 271 Gothic Fiction: 18th- and 19th-Century Novels

A study of four Gothic novels (by Walpole, Beckford, Dacre, and Hogg) and the cultural forces that produced them to understand the techniques, conventions, and aims of Gothic literature. Repressed, libidinal desires and dark, psychological fears are explored through plots involving isolated castles, labyrinths, ghosts, doppelgangers, and the uncanny, as writers react against the Age of Reason with overwrought emotion, melodrama, and terror. Three credits. 

ENGL 290 The Canterbury Tales

The course will introduce Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, but it does more than that. The generic and formal diversity of Chaucer's collection allows for discussion of medieval literary form and content, while also introducing significant aspects of medieval culture (the problem of "courtly love," military adventurism, medical theory and political life.). Further, the course allows discussion of medieval manuscript tradition and theories of influence. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 290 and ENGL 390. Three credits.

ENGL 295 Selected Topics

ENGL 297 Selected Topics

ENGL 298 Selected Topics

Prerequisite: 9 credits ENGL unless otherwise noted. 

ENGL 304 The Early Tudor and Elizabethan Renaissance

Revenge and Morality: Breaking the Boundaries of Elizabethan Drama. This course will focus on two of the most influential playwrights in the history of English Literature, Thomas Kyd and Christopher Marlowe, both of whom had tremendous influence on Shakespeare but who are great dramatists in their own right. Prerequisite: ENGL 100, 111/112, or equivalent. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 305 The Later Elizabethan Renaissance

This course will introduce students to some of the most influential drama of late Elizabethan England, outside Shakespeare. Playwrights studied include Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd, Thomas Dekker, and Ben Jonson. We will study their works in their social, historical, and literary contexts. (NB--This description replaces that which is listed in the most recent Academic Calendar.)  Prerequisite: ENGL 100, 110, or equivalent. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 308 Milton and his Time

This course will provide an intensive study of Milton's life and major poems, especially Paradise Lost, and some of his polemical prose. The course will also focus on the historical and political contexts of this revolutionary age, and Milton's contributions to the Republicanism of the era. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 308 and ENGL 312. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 311 Photography and Narrative

This course examines the role of visual technologies of mechanical reproducibility—including film and photography—in twentieth-century considerations of experience, aesthetics, and memory, addressing in particular the encounter between photography and narrative in literature, theory, and cinema. Authors and visual artists studied may include Andre Breton, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Hollis Frampton, and W.G. Sebald. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 313 Literary Theory's Histories

This course introduces students to the histories of literary theory. Depending on the instructor, the course may cover either a specific period in literary studies (e.g. Medieval, Early Modern, Romantic) or a broader historical accounting of contemporary theory’s antecedents. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 313 and ENGL 445. Prerequisite: 9 credits of ENGL; ENGL 215 is recommended. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 314 Contemporary Literary Theory

This course introduces students to current issues in literary criticism including (but not limited to): formalism, gender and sexuality, materialism, psychology and historicism. Our aim will be to consider the usefulness of different approaches in opening up our readings of texts. We will examine a sample of different types of works—a novel, a play, a film, lyric poems—in testing different theoretical approaches. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 314 and ENGL 445. Prerequisite: 9 credits of ENGL; ENGL 215 is recommended. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 319 Topics in Film Studies

Postwar European Cinema: Movements and Directors. This course will examine European cinema in the decades following World War II. This remains one of the most discussed and influential periods in cinema history: the films produced in these decades are exceptional for their artistry, political urgency, and experimental daring. We’ll consider major movements of the period (Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave) and the work of crucial directors (Godard, Rossellini, Bergman, Antonioni). Prerequisite: 9 credits of ENGL; ENGL 211 is recommended. Three credits.

ENGL 322 Intermediate Creative Writing -- Also see "Creative Writing Courses @ X"

Students will be expected to choose one genre through which they will continue to explore and develop the basic elements of composition learned in ENGL 231. Prerequisite: ENGL 100, 110, or equivalent; three credits creative writing. Three credits.

Interested students are required to submit a portfolio and a list of English courses previously taken to english@stfx.ca by June 1. The portfolio should consist of 10-15 pages of prose fiction, poetry, drama, or any combination thereof.

ENGL 323 Victorian Medievalism

This course will examine Victorian treatments of the medieval. Texts studied will include non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. We will also consider the Gothic Revival in architecture and the Pre-Raphaelite movement in painting. Authors may include Thomas Carlyle, Alfred Lord Tennyson, E. B. and Robert Browning, John Ruskin, George Eliot, Edward FitzGerald, William Morris, and Christina and D. G. Rossetti. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 325 The American Novel 1850-1940

What kinds of social creatures are people? What causes our social lives to fall into patterns, shapes, and configurations? How do these forms define our social worlds? In this class we will look at American novels written at the end of the 19th and the start of the 20th century as resources for understanding the complexity of modern social life. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 327 Celtic Kings, Heroes and Monsters - Medieval Ireland

Cross-listed as CELT 327; see Celtic Studies in the Academic Calendar for more information. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 328 Celtic Kings, Heroes and Monsters - Medieval Wales

Cross-listed as CELT 328; see Celtic Studies in the Academic Calendar for more information. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 329 Studies in Women Writers: Feminisms and Their Literatures

An introduction to feminist theories within historical, cultural, and philosophical contexts, this course explores the relationship between feminist theories and literary texts that exemplify or extend them. Cross-listed as WMGS 329. Three credits.

ENGL 330 Studies in Women Writers: Genres, Cultures and Contexts 

This course explores modern and contemporary poetry written by women in English. Cross-listed as WMGS 330. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 334 The Western

This course will survey the western, from its contemporary origins in newspapers and dime novels through to the revisionist texts of the 60s-80s, and then to current generic mash-ups (the horror western, the curry western). Texts could include novels (Wister's The Virginian), radio and TV (The Lone Ranger), film (The Searchers, Pale Rider), and graphic novels (Preacher). Three credits.

ENGL 337 Children's Literature: Genres and Themes 

Topics vary from year to year. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 338 Canadian Drama 

This course will examine how Canadian drama has been (re)defining our national identity for the past four hundred years. Introducing students to theatrical forms such as vaudeville, minstrelsy, clowning, and verbatim theatre, this course will simultaneously consider issues of nationality, race, and gender. Playwrights include Tomson Highway, Margaret Atwood, Djanet Sears, and Guillermo Verdecchia. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 338 or ENGL 366 "Canadian Drama." Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 339 Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

This course introduces students to the classical texts of and contemporary developments in cultural theory. The course will practically apply these theories through the study of popular culture.Students will learn the basics of cultural analysis and familiarize themselves with what theorists have come to understand as the "critique of everyday life". Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 339 and ENGL 318. Three credits.

ENGL 341 Shakespeare and Marlowe

A study of Shakespeare's work in comparison with his early contemporary dramatist and poet, Christopher Marlowe. Three credits.

ENGL 347 Literature of Africa and the African Diaspora

A study of the literature of sub-Saharan Africa and/or the African Diaspora, including African-Canadian, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Black British literatures. Topics will vary from year to year. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 353 Tolkien and the Inklings

Versus. This course will put "traditional" fantasy authors such as Tolkien and Lewis up against those authors who question or write against them, such as Philip Pullman, Madeline L'Engle, and George R.R. Martin. Three credits.

ENGL 355 Restoration and 18th-Century Plays

A study of four comedies about love, courtship, seduction, and adultery among libertines and lascivious ladies, but some virtuous virgins and honourable lovers. Students will study the role of props, costume, and gender performance; research unfamiliar language and innuendo; and block scenes to optimize the movement and interaction of actors. The major project is to stage a public, on-book (not memorized) performance of a few key scenes from a play. Three credits. 

ENGL 356 18th-Century Novel and Poetry

A study of selected novels and poetry from the major writers of the "long" 18th century.  Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 365 Canadian Fiction

Students will read novels and short stories, in English, to develop a sense of the thematic patterns, style, and changing narrative strategies in Canadian fiction, especially in works since 1930. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 365 and 367. Three credits.

ENGL 366 Selected Topics in Canadian Literature

This course will look at the rich development of poetry in English in Atlantic Canada with a particular focus on the period from 1930 to the present. Diverse idioms, forms, and genres of poetry will be encountered, including works by Mi'kmaq and African Nova Scotian poets as well as a few selected Acadian writers in translation. Three credits.

ENGL 371 Victorian Literature, 1832-1867

A study of early- to mid-Victorian literature encompassing the poetry of Emily Brontë, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, and Matthew Arnold; the prose of Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, and John Stuart Mill; and a novel by Charles Dickens or one of the Brontë sisters. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 371 or ENGL 375. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

ENGL 372 Victorian Literature, 1867-1901

A study of mid- to late-Victorian literature encompassing the prose of Walter Pater, John Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold; poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, George Meredith, William Morris, Christina and D.G. Rossetti, Algernon Swinburne, and Oscar Wilde; plays by Wilde and George Bernard Shaw; stories by Vernon Lee and Rudyard Kipling; and a novel by George Eliot.  Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 371 or ENGL 375. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

English 379  American Literature

This course will examine 20th- and 21st-century American prose, focused around a particular literary school or movement. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

English 388 Heroic Literature of the Middle Ages

A study of medieval texts which reflects the heroic, aristocratic, and military literature of the Middle Ages, which may include Beowulf (in translation), Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur, various romances, including Arthurian texts like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and selections from medieval historical chronicles. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

English 389  Chaucer’s Contemporaries

This course examines the authors and works associated with the court of Richard II and with the 14th century, a moment of literary and artistic achievement in which writers sought to understand many of the great events of their times (the Black Death and the Peasant's Revolt of 1381), and saw ancient class divisions start to break down. Texts may include Chaucer, the Pearl-poet, Langland, Gower, and Usk. Credit will be granted for only one of ENGL 389, ENGL 392 or CELT 392. Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

English 391  Selected Topics I

The topic for 2019-2020 is Shakespeare and the Bible. This course will study the relationship between two of the most influential works in the history of writing: the Bible and Shakespeare's First Folio (selected plays). The course will assume that students may be familiar with either Shakespeare or the Bible, but not necessarily both. The course will explore biblical patterns and allusions in order to study their impact on Shakespeare's plays. Five to six plays of different genres will be studied. Cross-listed as ENGL 491. Three credits.

ENGL 397 Selected Topics in Literature I

The topic for 2019-2020 is Grit, Mindset, Determination. Is grit better understood as a character trait one possesses or a condition from which one tries to emerge? Can one will oneself to outcomes? Contemporary educational and psychological theorists argue that developing grit is essential to achieving one's potential. This seminar examines a set of American novels that explore the complications involved in making grit into a personable attribute. Cross-listed as ENGL 492. Three credits.

English 398 Selected Topics in Literature II

Three credits. Not offered 2019-2020.

NOTES: Normally students enrolling in a senior seminar will have third-year standing and have taken a minimum of 15 credits in English. The senior seminars are offered on a priority basis to senior Advanced Majors and Honours students in English who are required to take one 3-credit senior seminar in Fall term, and another 3-credit senior seminar in Winter term.  All other interested students should inquire with the departmental chair (jpotts@stfx.ca) or administrative assistant (english@stfx.ca) about availability and prerequisites.

ENGL 400 Honours Thesis

Honour students write a thesis under the supervision of a faculty thesis director. Students must meet the thesis director in March of the junior year to prepare a topic. Honours students must register for the thesis as a six-credit course in the senior year. The thesis must be submitted no later than March 31 of the senior year. See chapter 4 of the Academic Calendar and Honours and Advanced Major Theses. Six credits.

Senior Seminars:

ENGL 491  Selected Topics I

The topic for 2019-2020 is Shakespeare and the Bible. This course will study the relationship between two of the most influential works in the history of writing: the Bible and Shakespeare's First Folio (selected plays). The course will assume that students may be familiar with either Shakespeare or the Bible, but not necessarily both. The course will explore biblical patterns and allusions in order to study their impact on Shakespeare's plays. Five to six plays of different genres will be studied. Cross-listed as ENGL 391. Three credits.

ENGL 492 Selected Topics II

The topic for 2019-2020 is Grit, Mindset, Determination. Is grit better understood as a character trait one possesses or a condition from which one tries to emerge? Can one will oneself to outcomes? Contemporary educational and psychological theorists argue that developing grit is essential to achieving one's potential. This seminar examines a set of American novels that explore the complications involved in making grit into a personable attribute. Cross-listed as ENGL 397. Three credits. 

ENGL 497 Advanced Major Thesis

Advanced major students develop a thesis based on work done in any 300- or 400-level class, taken in the Fall of the Senior year. See chapter 4 of the Academic Calendar or see note on thesis requirement under Honours and Advanced Major Theses.

ENGL 499 Directed Study

In consultation with the department and with approval of the chair, students may undertake a directed study program in an approved area of interest, which is not available through other course offerings. Three or six credits.