Spring 2019 - ENGL 359 C100

Studies in the Literature of British Columbia (4)

Class Number: 1670

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

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



The study of selected works of British Columbian literature.


This course is both a general survey of writing in British Columbia and an in-depth study of specific texts. To make this introduction to BC writing as inclusive as possible, we will examine works from several modes and genres, from various geographical regions of the province, and from different historical communities. No matter where you may have lived or whatever groups you belong to in terms of race, class, gender, and religion, you should find readings in this course that speak to your sense of place and identity. Many of the readings focus on such issues as sexuality, the environment, immigration, and the status of First Nations peoples.


  • Discussions 20%
  • Essay 1: Critical Analysis 15%
  • Essay 2: Comparative Analysis 35%
  • Final Exam 30%




Robinson, E., (2001). Monkey Beach. Mississauga: Vintage Canada.
ISBN: 9780676973228

Kogawa, J. (2014). Obasan. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada.
ISBN: 9780143192343

Wah, F. (2006). Diamond Grill (10th anniversary ed.). Edmonton: NeWest.
ISBN: 9781897126110

Edugyan, E. (2014). Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. (1st ed.). Alberta: University of Alberta Press.
ISBN: 978888648211

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.

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

All CODE Courses are delivered through Canvas unless noted otherwise on the course outline.

Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

All CODE courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40

Exams are scheduled to be written on the SFU Burnaby campus at the noted time and date (unless noted as a take-home exam). 
If your course has a take-home exam, please refer to Canvas for further details. 

Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.

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Registrar Notes:

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