Summer 2019 - ENGL 112W D100

Literature Now (3)

Class Number: 4301

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 9, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3520, 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.


Telling Stories
Storytelling is central to the human experience. Whether stories take the form of pictographs etched onto cave walls, tales of heroes and monsters told by wandering bards in ancient mead halls, the lives of ladies and gentlemen in the long novels of the 18th and 19th century, or the adventures of animated cartoon characters created by Disney, humans appear to be neurologically wired to use stories to understand their environments, their social groups and themselves. This course will explore recent examples of story telling in a variety of formats: a graphic novel, 2 novels, a born digital novel, and an award winning collection of short stories. We will pay attention to not only the story being told, but also to how it is being told, who is telling it, and how we, as readers, are integral to the telling of the story. Through our engagement with these various stories, we will enhance both our own understanding of story telling and our role as storytellers.

Please note: Inanimate Alice is available on line at: We will only be working with the first 5 episodes which are free on the site.


  • Tutorial attendance, participation and quizzes 10%
  • First essay (4-5 pages) 15%
  • First essay (revision) 15%
  • Second Essay (4-5 pages) 30%
  • Final Exam 30%



The texts will be read in the order they are listed. Note: Inanimate Alice is available only on line at:

Moore, Alan V for Vendetta DC Comics
Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd Candlewick Press
Wagamese Medicine Walk Emblem Editions
Pullinger, Kate Inanimate Alice Bradfield Company
Battershill, Claire Circus McClelland & Stewart

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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