Fall 2021 - ENGL 362 E100

Transnational Literatures in English (4)

Writing in the New Yorker

Class Number: 6514

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    RCB 5118, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2021
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units or two 200 division English courses.



Study of primarily 20th- and 21st-century literatures and cultures in a comparative transnational framework. Focus may be hemispheric American literatures, the literatures of ‘the global south’, historical colonial and/or contemporary postcolonial/decolonial literatures, global environmental literature, and contemporary avant garde poetry and poetics. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught.


Transnational Writing in the New Yorker

In this course, we will study a selection of short stories published in the New Yorker magazine. We will delve into the New Yorker archive to 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 writers read their own recently published story). We will read and listen to stories that reflect on transnational identities and experiences of moving across borders, cultures, and languages. In addition to discussing specific histories and geographies as well as forms and themes relevant to the stories we read, we will consider why certain stories reemerge from the archive, and which new forms and voices of fiction the New Yorker has been publishing more recently. 

The course is run as a seminar and is discussion based. 


  • Seminar Participation 10%
  • Oral Presentation (~10 mins) 25%
  • Essay (~2000 words) 35%
  • Take Home Final Exam (~1500 words) 30%


Assignments subject to change.



You will need access to the internet for this course. 




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 seminars.

We may study some of the following writers, but the list is subject to change: Vladimir Nabokov, Louise Erdich, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andrea Lee, Jamaica Kincaid, Huraki Murakami, Han Ong, Kristen Roupenian, Zadie Smith, Weike Wang, Bryan Washington, Charles Yu, Mavis Gallant, etc....

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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