Schedule

[NB. All readings are from The Broadview Introduction to Literature. In all cases, you are expected to read the introductory material on the authors.]

January 5 First class: introduction to the course; theme of literature in conversation (with itself; with outside stories)

POETRY

January 10 Love poems

Reading: William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18, 491; Mary Wroth, 77, 499; Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 24, 565
PPT

January 12 Poems about love poems

Reading: William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130, 493; Eavan Boland, “Against Love Poetry,” 736; bpNichol, “[dear Captain Poetry],” 738
PPT

January 17 Poems about art

Reading: Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias,” 550; John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn,”560
PPT

January 19 Poems about the human condition I

Reading: Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach,” 589
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January 24 Class cancelled due to weather (update)

January 26 Poems about the human condition II (update)

Reading: W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming,” 622
PPT

January 31 Poems about death (update)

Reading: Elizabeth Bishop, “First Death in Nova Scotia,” 669; Dylan Thomas, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” 675
PPT

February 2 Poems about poetry

Reading: Anne Bradstreet, “The Author to Her Book,” 507; Rita Wong, “nervous organism,” 783; Sharon Harris, “99. Where Do Poems Come From?” and “70. Why Do Poems Make Me Cry?” 787
PPT
Due: Writing assignment #1: poetry (revised due date)

DRAMA

February 7 Realism

Reading: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House, 236
PPT

February 9 A Doll’s House (cont.)

PPT

Update: February 14 University closed due to weather 

February 16 University closed due to weather (update)

Please note: We will not be discussing Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (online) in class, but you are welcome to use it for the upcoming assignment, to bring it up in class, and to refer to it on the exam.

February 21 Academic research

NEW: Linda Hansen, Acting Head of Bibliographic and Collections Services at the UNBSJ library, will be visiting to talk about the second assignment.

February 23 Experimental theatre

Reading: Sharon Pollock, Blood Relations, 381
PPT

SHORT PROSE

February 28 Gothic

Reading: Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat,” 16
PPT

March 2 Female Gothic

Reading: Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour,” 25; Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” 28
PPT

March 6–10 March break

March 14 Southern Gothic

Reading: William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily,” 76
PPT
[Extended deadline] Due: Writing assignment #2: research and thesis-development 
Due: any rewrites of first assignment

March 16 Speculative fiction

Reading: Ursula Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” 104
PPT

March 21 Memory and emotion

Reading: Alice Munro, “Friend of My Youth,” 115
PPT

March 23 Metafiction

Reading: Margaret Atwood, “Happy Endings,” 153
PPT

March 28 Two stories (one a poem)

Reading: Al Purdy, “Lament for the Dorsets,” 682; Thomas King, “A Short History of Indians in Canada,” 157

March 30 Orality

Reading: Rohinton Mistry, “Squatter,” 171
PPT

April 4 Autobiographical fiction

Reading: David Bezmozgis, “Tapka,” 215
PPT

April 6 Last class: Review. Bring two questions to class that you would put on the exam.

New deadline: Writing assignment #3: short prose
Due: 
any rewrites of second assignment

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