Major in English

A Major in English requires that a student completes the three core courses (ENG 1000, 2000, and 3000) as well as ENG 2050 and ENG 4570 (or their equivalent). In addition, the student is required to take six upper-level English electives (18 credit hours), and must include at least one seminar course. A grade of C or better in each course of this discipline is required for the major. If the mark is lower the course can still count toward the total credit hours, but not the major. NOTE: The thesis (Eng 4080 and 4082) may only count as three credit hours toward the requirements for the upper-level electives.

Minor in English

A minor in English requires the core courses: ENG 1000, 2000, and 3000 or their equivalent, plus an additional 15 credit hours in English, of which 12 credit hours must be at the upper level. A grade of C or better in each course of this discipline is required for the minor. If the mark is lower the course can still count toward the total credit hours, but not the minor.


ENG 1000 Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Short Stories

Our imaginations are a gift from the Creator and reflect the amazing variety that is creation. Imagination shapes literature, which can “grow” us into deeper understanding, empathy, and views that can startle us into taking new paths. Reading also affects our writing. In this course students will not only read poetry, stories, creative non-fiction and drama, but will also have the opportunity to practice writing in various genres: informal journal reflections, synopses, a creative memoir piece, and finally, a thoughtful critical essay. We will grapple with questions such as: how is a poem, or a story, like a painting? What does a poem/painting do? What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true? Aren’t all interpretations subjective?

ENG 2000 Introduction to Classical and Medieval Literature

This course will focus on many of the foundational texts of Western culture through close readings of classical and medieval stories told through the literary epic, lyric poetry, drama and prose. We will explore themes that are as relevant to humanity now as they were then: fate and chance, divine and human participation in the life of this world, life as quest and life as a pilgrimage. From ancient mythology to medieval romance, students will gain insights into human values and story-telling practices, and will develop critical reading skills.

ENG 3000 Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism

This course is designed to cover a survey of world literature that is representative of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  We will read poetry, drama and fiction, and discuss each work both in terms of its style and place in literary history, and in terms of its philosophical influence or worldview.  We will also discuss overarching themes and characteristics of various movements, such as Romanticism and Modernism, keeping in mind that they often represent both literary style and ideology. Alongside of this, we will also be (briefly) looking at influential artists and works of art of the time periods and movements being studied.


ENG 2050 Introduction to Renaissance and Enlightenment Literature

This course examines texts which reflect the dominant ideological movements and literary styles of the renaissance as they were manifested in Spain, France, Italy and England, including courtly love poetry, the rise of humanism, Elizabethan stage dramas, metaphysical poetry, and the social and political thought of enlightenment literature. Students will further develop critical reading skills and practice essay writing and close reading, particularly with regards to the study of poetry.

ENG 4570 Literary Theory

This course is designed as an overview of the historical developments in theoretical debates regarding literature, language, literariness and reading. Beginning with early forms of literary criticism in ancient Greece, we will briefly explore major theoretical positions throughout western literary history, and spend considerable time exploring and evaluating the main literary theories and theoreticians which developed in the twentieth century and dominate contemporary debates.


ENG 2331 The Nature of Myth: European Myths and Legends: Contemporary Responses

Examines the foundations of mythology and legends of Western Europe, beginning with stories of ancient Greece and Rome through to the Arthurian legends of the middle ages, questions the role of mythology in culture and our understanding of meaning and human behaviour, and explores contemporary explorations of these issues through a revival and reinterpretation of classic narratives. Texts include Armstrong’s A Short History of Myth, Baricco’s An Iliad, Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Lewis’s Till We Have Faces and White’s The Once and Future King. Students will write essays, participate in a series of lectures and group discussions, and make cultural observations about the place of myth and story, prior to departure and continuing throughout the Europe travel-abroad term.

ENG 2840 Literature of Southeast Asia

One of the core values at SSU is that as we “journey together…we respect the journey of others.”  This course provides a concrete experience of this, as through stories told by people born in S.E. Asia, students are given a small window on the “journey of others.” How are these journeys represented in their short and longer stories?  This 20th and 21st century literature includes a range of topics: from the rewriting of ancient texts such as The Ramayana, to the effects of globalization in a specific place.

ENG 3120 Humour in Literature

What is humour? Why do we laugh? What role does humour play in our lives and our writing? In this class we’ll think, feel and laugh our way through a variety of diverse humourous texts from Mark Twain to Thomas King and Tina Fey, exploring topics such as satire, dark humour, irony and comedy, through both fiction and nonfiction. Please come willing to laugh at yourself and your readings; come ready to read aloud or act out especially funny scenes, and all the while, be thinking: why am I laughing? what am I learning through my laughter? how can humour, creativity and imagination inspire change, give hope, or wake sleeping beauties?

ENG 3130 New Mythologies

Explores literature of the 20th C which probes ancient themes, archetypes and the human condition through the creation of new mythologies. Investigates ways in which traditional narrative patterns come alive when juxtaposed with new theoretical contexts and contemporary relational issues.

ENG 3131 Meeting with Difference: Literature of the Viewer

What does it mean to be “other-wise”? Current questions of immigration, of surveillance, of celebrity, of appearance and image highlight the importance of how the “other” is viewed. In relation to the overall theme of the Europe semester, “Seeing the Other,” this course will read literature and creative non-fiction which portray the complex processes of seeing as well as of being seen.

ENG 3170 Seminar Course Walking on water & other acts of faith: Readings in C. C. Lit

This seminar will survey portrayals of characters faced with debilitating challenges and the steps that lead them through these challenges. Their journey could be portrayed as a kind of ‘walking on water,’ as a journey into the unknown. The readings in the seminar will test this image of walking on water. We will ask what parts of this image come to mean through the stories and poems. What is the “boat” a person is called, or invited, or forced to step out of ? What is the “water” a person steps onto, or, into? How do different characters experience moving from ground they understood as being solid, familiar and /or reliable, to ground that is fluid?

ENG 3210 Early American Literature

This course will begin by seeking to trace the beginning strands – European, African, Native American – that will eventually be woven together into a “national” literature. The primary focus, however, will be on the literature of the 1800s through a selection of poetry, slave narratives, short fiction and a novel. As European settlement expands and becomes more permanent, and as the African community begins to experience slow emancipation, a distinctly American literary culture emerges. One of the themes will be the many ways that romanticism is manifested in American literature.

ENG 3220 Literature of the American South

Explores literature written in and about the American South, concentrating on literature written from 1865 to the present. Includes Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and Toni Morrison and studies in detail the works of Flannery O’Connor. Focuses on discussions of the use of fiction to explore faith, culture, race and class; the use of the grotesque; and Christian aesthetics.

ENG 3230 “Still I Rise”: Decolonizing Voices rising from African -American Experiences of Slavery

Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” responds to W.E.B. DuBois’ claim that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.”   This course will explore literature written by African-Americans about the experience of and resistance to enslavement.   An overview of musical traditions (blues, jazz, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, spirituals) rooted in these experiences will also be a part of this course.

ENG 3250 Canadian Literature in English I

This course will provide a broad survey of Canadian literature from the mid 18th century to the end of the 20th. Each writer adds to the spectrum of voices that make up what we now know as Canada: from First Nations, explorers, settlers, fur traders and early fiction writers to contemporary voices. We will read the many genres that voice their dreams, visions and experience: journals, short stories, novels, poetry and more. The themes in pre-Confederation writing will develop and new themes will surface through the things that occupied modern and contemporary writers. How do all these voices reflect and shape the communities that people this country?

ENG 3320 Historical Fiction

Meant to be exclusively a study of literature, it will grapple with questions such as: What is the historical/public history in which this novel or story is set and how do various characters experience this event/era? Can we talk about historical truth and imaginative truth? What is the relationship between public history and personal history? How does historical fiction written through a modernist lens differ from fiction written through a postmodernist lens? While a number of novels will be based on Acadian and Loyalist history in the Maritime region, the readings will also be set in other histories.

ENG 3330 Global Short Fiction

Provides an overview of fictional short stories from various countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia; examines the current political, economic and cultural context of each country and how a piece of literature has influenced (and been influenced by) a particular period in world history. Through researching the current and historical situations of various countries, studying a sampling of the fictional literature created in these nations and discussing issues of gender, race, origin of birth, economic standing, etc., students will gain new insight into literature from around the globe.

ENG 3340 Study of Poetry

Examines the art of poetry from its inception in oral culture to its written form in contemporary culture, ranging from early epics and lyrics to elaborate and highly formal literary traditions to recent experiments in music and the spoken word. Through creative writing experiments, seminars, reflective pieces and formal essays, students will study a variety of forms of human expression, tracing historical and artistic movements. Writers may include Sappho, Dante, Chaucer, Donne, Dickinson, Hopkins, Eliot, Clarke and Neruda.

ENG 3420 Dante in Modern English Literature

This course examines Dante’s Vita Nuova and La Commedia, and then looks at Dante’s presence in English Literature, with special emphasis on the ways in which modern writers have adopted, adapted, and transformed his ideas, themes, and attitudes.

ENG 3430 Shakespeare

This course will examine six of Shakespeare’s plays, including comedy, history, romance and tragedy. Besides paying close attention to textual detail, it will consider the plays from the perspective of the literary and theatrical culture of late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England.

ENG 3820 Writing and Place: Literature and the Environment

This course is designed to expose students to writing that explores the following questions: Where is here? How can a person/a people truly inhabit a place? In the face of the current environmental predicament students will read literature that focuses on the more-than-human life and our place in relation to it. In the face of increased global travel and mobility students will read literature by people whose life has been grounded in a specific place, who understand place as being “story-soaked.” Finally this course considers possible links between literary appreciation & social action.

ENG 3836 At Home in Stories: Countering Exile in Contemporary Canadian Literature

This course will explore the following questions: how do members of a displaced or exiled community and/or culture remember their story and continue their history in the face of all that estranges and threatens to erase them as a people? How do stories contribute to a person or a people’s search for home? How do those displaced through a dominant empire story write their stories in contrast to that story, in order to develop their own particular identity? With these questions in mind, we will read how contemporary Canadian immigrant and First Nations literary writers, through their poetry, stories, memoirs, and drama, imagine and represent what it means to become at-home.

ENG 3840 Literature of Southeast Asia

One of the core values at SSU is that as we “journey together…we respect the journey of others.”  This course provides a concrete experience of this, as through stories told by people born in S.E. Asia, students are given a small window on the “journey of others.” How are these journeys represented in their short and longer stories?  This 20th and 21st century literature includes a range of topics: from the rewriting of ancient texts such as The Ramayana, to the effects of globalization in a specific place.

ENG 4080 Thesis Reading and Research

First term exploring the possibility of an English thesis. Requires an approved thesis proposal, completed chapter, detailed outline and annotated bibliography.

ENG 4082 Baccalaureate Thesis

Following successful completion of ENG 4080, a student may use the research to write a thesis of at least 15,000 words (exclusive of footnotes and bibliography). The thesis should demonstrate thoughtful appraisal and the ability to present a scholarly argument, and should reflect the ethos of SSU in a substantial way. At the conclusion of the term, students will be required to make oral presentations based on their theses.

ENG 4084 Senior Research Project

A single term, guided research project in English involving the completion of an essay of 5-7000 words or equivalent.

ENG 4180 Creative Writing Seminar

Through creative and theory-based readings, workshopping of student writing, and guided discussion, students will be exposed to a spectrum of writing. By receiving and crafting feedback, they will learn to interact with their work in new ways, and will gain tools for future writing, as well as a more nuanced appreciation of literature.

ENG 4830 The Shape of Artifacts, The Shape of Stories in 19th C Loyalist Tradition: Reading and Writing Historical Fiction

As students study the artifacts of those who settled New Brunswick, they will be reading historical fiction focused on the Loyalist and Acadian experience. While they trace the properties of their chosen artifact for its historical nuances, they will also, through creative writing exercises, begin to imagine the experience of a character. Through these writing exercises and through reading historical fiction, students will be faced with questions such as: What is the historical/public history and how do various characters experience this event/era?

ENG/PHIL 4870 Postmodernism

A seminar course that explores the intellectual and cultural transition named “postmodernism,” in philosophy, literature and film.