Spring 2020 - ENGL 115W D100

Literature and Culture (3)

Class Number: 1328

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Margaret Linley
    Office Hours: Tues 1:30-9:30 am; Thurs 1-2pm



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.


Literature. Culture. Nature.

The relationship between literature and culture also implies an understanding of nature. In this course, we’ll look at a variety of novels and poetry to think about how literature and culture work with and through nature. With that in mind, we’ll ask a range of questions: How and why does literature at times separate nature from culture? How might literature bring nature into contact with culture? Can culture exist without nature? During a time when nature is perceived to be in decline, what kinds of stories does literature tell about culture? Above all, how do literature and culture matter in our age of environmental crisis?


  • Tutorial participation 15%
  • First essay draft (650 words) 10%
  • First essay revision (800 words) 15%
  • Final essay (800-1,000 words) 30%
  • Final Exam 30%



Cormac McCarthy, The Road, Vintage
ISBN: 9780307387899

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, Broadview
ISBN: 9781551115320

JG Ballard, The Drowned World, Fourth Estate
ISBN: 978-0007221837

Richard Powers, The Overstory, Norton
ISBN: 978-1784708245

Thompson Highway, The Rez Sisters, Fifth House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0920079447

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.
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Registrar Notes:

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