Spring 2020 - ENGL 112W D100

Literature Now (3)

Class Number: 1325

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCB 9201, 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.


ENGL 112W Spring 2020 Border Crossings: The Migrant, The Refugee, The Exile  

Now is a moment of heightened tensions around borders, the movement of refugees, and the figure of the migrant. There are more displaced people in the world now than in any point in history; with global warming, experts predict two billion displaced persons by the end of the current century. Of course there is a growing body of literature associated with the border, the refugee, and the migrant. We will read poetry, stories, and a novel that address questions of migration, exile, refuge, and the border. We will read accounts of contemporary refugees as they struggle to cross borders; stories about second generation immigrants in North America and exiles living far from their countries of origin; poetry that traces the links between migration and incarceration; and Indigenous responses to colonization and the imposition of borders by the modern state.


  • Participation 10%
  • Position paper (500 words) 10%
  • Essay revising and extending position paper (1000 words) 20%
  • Second essay (1500 words) 30%
  • Final Exam 30%



Teju Cole, Open City
ISBN: 9780812980097

The Refugee Tales (Volume 1)
ISBN: 9781910974230

The Refugee Tales (Volume 3)
ISBN: 9781910974308

W. G. Sebald, The Emigrants
ISBN: 9780811226141

Mercedes Eng, The Prison Industrial Complex Explodes
ISBN: 9781772011814

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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