Spring 2019 - ENGL 115W D100

Literature and Culture (3)

Class Number: 1528

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

    Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby



An Introduction to the study of literature within the wider cultural field, with a focus on contemporary issues across genres and media. Students with credit for ENGL 105W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


The World in Culture

Flaubert, reflecting on the novel, once said "There should be something to eat and drink on every page." In this course, we'll look for such sustenance across a range of genres, fiction and non-fiction, time periods and areas of the world in order to ask some big questions about how literature and culture work:  How are literature and culture a record of their own time? How does history enter different works of literature and culture? How might we envision the relationship between art and life? What can we learn from seeing culture in context, the world in literature?  

Issues to be considered will include the representation of race, class and gender, the role of technology, utopian and dystopian visions of the world, imperial and postcolonial relations, and how different forms of culture—from plays to climate fiction, coming-of-age stories to the essay film—imagine the world both as it is and how it might be in a better future.


  • First Essay (1,000 -1,200 words), which includes revision 25%
  • Second Essay (1,500 -1,700 words) 30%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Tutorial participation, informal writing exercises, and attendance 15%



William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Paolo Bacigalupi, The Water Knife
Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo
Zora Neale Hurston, Spunk
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions  

Agnes Varda, The Gleaners and I
Kidlat Tahimik, The Perfumed Nightmare

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.

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- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
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Registrar Notes:

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