Spring 2021 - ENGL 115W D100

Literature and Culture (3)

Class Number: 3952

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 11 – Apr 16, 2021: Mon, Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2021
    Mon, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



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.


The Culture of Fear

Culture has been defined as the series of checks and restraints that a society uses to control the members of its population. Nothing controls better than fear, and so this course will look at the relationship between horror literature and the cultural moments in which it was produced, offering a broad survey from the early 19th century to the early 21st. 


  • Tutorial participation and online discussion (assigned by tutorial leader) 15%
  • Essay 1 (1,000 words) with revision – first draft due Feb. 8th; final draft due Feb. 22nd 25%
  • Essay 2 (1,500 words) – due Mar. 29th 30%
  • Final exam (take home, open book) 30%


This is a course in horror; we will be reading material that depicts graphic violence. If you find such material offensive, do not take this course. Some of the material is sexually explicit; some uses cultural stereotypes (religious, sexual, racial) to make points about social attitudes. If you find such material offensive, do not take this course.



All the books for this course are available in inexpensive paperback versions from Amazon.

18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
, by Edgar Allan Poe (Author), Vincent Price (Editor), Chandler Borssard (Editor)


Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Mary Shelley (Author), Bram Stoker (Author), Robert Louis Stevenson (Author), Stephen King (Introduction)


At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition, by H.P. Lovecraft (Author), China Miéville (Introduction)



World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks (Author)


The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Author)








18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allen Poe. Dell.
ISBN: 978-0440322276

Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Signet Classic.
ISBN: 978-0451523631

At the Mountains of Madness: the definitive edition, by H. P. Lovecraft. Modern Library.
ISBN: 978-0812974416

World War Z, by Max Brooks. Three Rivers.
ISBN: 978-0307346612

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Vintage.
ISBN: 978-0307387899

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 spring 2021 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).