Fall 2019 - ENGL 359 J100

Studies in the Literature of British Columbia (4)

Class Number: 4523

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 5:30–9:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.



The study of selected works of British Columbian literature.


ENGL 359: Place, Space, and Indigeneity

In this course, we will study various works by and about local Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, with a particular focus on the relationships articulated between literature and place. This course will also introduce elements of the digital humanities, including tools such as digital story-mapping and textual comparison, as methods for literary analysis and digital remediation. Our readings will include a selection of twentieth and twenty-first century works of poetry, short stories and novels that engage with key themes such as settler colonialism, land or place-based knowledges, and issues of identity, positionality, and belonging.


  • Attendance & Thoughtful Participation 10%
  • Digital humanities (DH) Tool Review 10%
  • First Essay 15%
  • Research Essay 25%
  • Group Presentation 15%
  • Midterm 25%


To receive credit for this course, students must complete all requirements.



All required readings for this course can be purchased through the SFU Bookstore, EXCEPT for Legends of Vancouver -- please find a copy elsewhere (any edition is fine).


Jordan Abel, Place of Scraps   (Talonbooks, 2013)
ISBN: 9780889227880

Carleigh Baker, Bad Endings   (Anvil Press, 2017)
ISBN: 9781772140767

Emily Carr, Klee Wyck   (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013)
ISBN: 9781553650256

E. Pauline Johnson, Legends of Vancouver   (not available at bookstore; any edition is fine)

Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach   (Knopf Canada, 2001)
ISBN: 9780676973228

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

For all On-Campus Courses, please note the following:
- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

Registrar Notes:

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