Fall 2020 - ENGL 112W D100

Literature Now (3)

Class Number: 4183

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2020
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, 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.


New Yorker Stories

Since the 1920s, the New Yorker has been publishing some of the best and most vital short fiction in English. In this course, we will study a selection of short stories published in the magazine. We will delve into the New Yorker archive, to revisit stories from the magazine’s earliest days, and we will also study a diverse range of contemporary stories and writers from North America and elsewhere in the world. As part of our study, we will listen to the New Yorker Fiction Podcast (in which a New Yorker fiction writer reads and discusses a work of another New Yorker fiction writer) and the Writer’s Voice Podcast (in which a writer reads her own recently published story). In addition to discussing the themes and styles that emerge in the stories we read, we will consider why certain stories are unleashed from the archive, and which new forms and voices of fiction the New Yorker has been publishing more recently. 


  • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • Reading & Writing Journals Part 1 (3 @ 250-300 words) 20%
  • Reading & Writing Journals Part 2 (3 @ 250-300 words) 20%
  • Essay (~1200 words) 25%
  • Take Home Final Essay (~1200 words) 20%


"Your enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study will entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes." 

Lectures will be asynchronous; tutorials will be synchronous. You should plan to be available to join tutorial sessions. The expectation is that you will have your cameras on during synchronous tutorials. 

Tutorials will begin the second week of the semester.



You will need a computer or tablet, camera, and reliable internet access for this course. Headsets are helpful in blocking out sounds, but are not necessary.

Did you know that students have access to free Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud? This would be a good time to upgrade your software.



The course Canvas site will include digitized print copies of New Yorker stories, as well as links to the audio recordings, at no cost. Students will be responsible for accessing the required readings and being prepared to talk about them in tutorials.

We may study some of the following writers, but the list is subject to change. They include writers from the earliest days of the magazine, such as Dorothy Parker and James Thurber; those from the mid-1950s onwards, when the “New Yorker story” came of age, such as John Cheever, Shirley Jackson, Vladimir Nabokov, Muriel Spark, and John Updike; Canadian writers Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro, as well as contemporary writers -- such as Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdich, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andrea Lee, Jamaica Kincaid, Huraki Murakami, Han Ong, Kristen Roupenian, Zadie Smith, Weike Wang and Bryan Washington.

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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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).