Spring 2020 - ENGL 359 E100

Studies in the Literature of British Columbia (4)

Class Number: 1440

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    AQ 4130, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

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



The study of selected works of British Columbian literature.


Vancouver Stories: Tales of the City in which We Live.

Vancouver has not, until recently, been a city that many people have chosen to write about, but that trend has changed. This course seeks out texts on Vancouver in order to understand not how outsiders see us, but how we see ourselves; every text on the course is written by a resident of the city. We will study short stories, novels, poetry, comics, and songs. Our goal is to sample many ways of looking at Vancouver: its social spaces, its history, its neighbourhoods, its architecture, and its physical presence. We will compare all of these perspectives on our city in order to reveal what truths each one highlights and, thus, the truths they correspondingly overlook.


Writing short- and middle-length research essays. Pre-writing, proofing, library research.


  • Participation 15%
  • Reading Quizzes 10%
  • Essay #1 15%
  • Annotated Bibliography 15%
  • Essay #2 25%
  • Final Exam 20%


The course will consist of a short paper, an annotated bibliography, and a long paper. The short paper will be six to eight pages in length. The annotated bibliography will be the research component of the long paper, which will be ten to twelve pages. There will also be a final exam in the form of a take-home essay (three hours) and a participation mark for in-class discussions.



Lai, Larissa. The Tiger Flu. Arsenal Pulp Press. 2018.   
ISBN: 9781551527314

Sam Weibe (ed). Vancouver Noir. Akashic Books. 2018.
ISBN: 9781617756597

Knight, Chelene. Dear Current Occupant. Book Thug. 2018.
ISBN: 9781771663908

Kirton, Jónína. An Honest Woman. Talon Books. 2017.
ISBN: 9781772011449

Thompson, Zac et al. The Dregs, Vol I. Black Mask.
ISBN: 9781628751840

Fu, Kim. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore: A Novel. Harper Collins Canada.
ISBN: 9781443453592

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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