Summer 2024 - ENGL 112W B100

Literature Now (3)

Class Number: 2713

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 15, 2024
    Thu, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



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.


Telling Stories
Storytelling is central to the human experience. Whether stories take the form of pictographs etched onto cave walls, tales of heroes and monsters told by wandering bards in ancient mead halls, the lives of ladies and gentlemen in the long novels of the 18th and 19th century, or the adventures of animated cartoon characters created by Disney, humans appear to be neurologically wired to use stories to understand their environments, their social groups and themselves. This course will explore recent examples of story telling in a variety of formats: a graphic novel, 2 novels, and an award winning collection of short stories. We will pay attention not only to the story being told, but also to how it gets told and who tells it. We will also examine how our role as readers is integral to our own (re)telling of the story.Through our engagement with these various stories, we will enhance both our own understanding of story telling and our role as storytellers.

NB: This is a blended course offering. Lecture material (videos and activities) will be accessed online via Canvas; tutorials will meet in person weekly.


By the end of the course:

  • students will have had the opportunity to explore, analyze and critique different genres of fiction with specific attention paid to how the texts respond to and engage with storytelling.
  • students will have had the opportunity to recognize and assess how literary works can reflect, interrogate, and generate their specific cultural, social, and intellectual environments.
  • students will have had the opportunity to notice and communicate their responses to the texts they are reading; they also will have had the opportunity to share their responses with their peers.
  • students will have been introduced to practical skills in the field of literary analysis and will have opportunities to observe, practice and improve these skills.
  • students will have been introduced to and had the opportunity to practice a university-level writing process that employs pre-writing, drafting, and revising strategies  


  • Tutorial attendance and Reading Quizzes 10%
  • Weekly Post Lecture Quizzes 10%
  • Paragraph Writing Assignment 5%
  • Module Assignments (4 @ 2% each) 8%
  • Pre Writing Assignments 8%
  • Essay - including draft, peer review and revised essay 34%
  • Final Exam 25%



I have asked the bookstore to order these books, but you are welcome to obtain your copies elsewhere. Most are available at local public libraries and local bookstores (if you want to use printed texts); all are also available online from various booksellers. The texts will be read in the order they are listed.

Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd Candlewick Press
Wagamese, Richard Medicine Walk Emblem Editions
Battershill, Claire Circus*
McClelland & Stewart (*available as an ebook)
Horrocks, Dylan Hicksville
Drawn & Quaterly Publications


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at:

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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