Fall 2019 - ENGL 112W D100

Literature Now (3)

Class Number: 4409

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

    Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby



Introduces students to contemporary works of literature in English and/or contemporary approaches to interpreting literature. May focus on one or multiple genres. Includes attention to writing skills. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


English 112W: Literature Now
Examining The Everyday 

Why read literature now? What kind of work can literature and film do for and with us? In this course, we will critically engage with literary and filmic texts in order to ask how stories can help us understand our everyday worlds and how we are located within them. By engaging with texts about Indigenous representation, transnational adoption, second-generation Canadians, racial anxiety and the suburbs, and gender and sexual identity, we will ask what it means to see, know, and feel differently. More specifically, these texts will enable us to investigate how our lives, identities, and worlds are shaped by structures of race, gender, and class as well as the histories of migration, settler colonialism, imperialism, and slavery. Our course materials will consist of two novels, a memoir, a set of published lectures, and a film.  


  • Participation and Tutorial Assignment 15%
  • First Essay - draft (500-750 words) 10%
  • First Essay - revision (1000 words) 15%
  • Final Essay (1500 words) 30%
  • Final Exam 30%


Please note that required readings and assignments are tentative at this point. A finalized list of readings and assignments will be provided with the official course syllabus in September. 



King, Thomas. The Truth About Stories.

Truong, Monique. Bitter in the Mouth.

Chariandy, David. Brother.

Get Out. Dir. Jordan Peele.

Coyote, Ivan. Tomboy Survival Guide.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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