Summer 2020 - ENGL 398 D100

Major Authors for Non-Majors (4)

Class Number: 3798

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units. English majors, minors, extended minors, joint majors, and honours may take this course with permission of the instructor. This course may be counted towards general degree requirements, but not for credit towards an English major, minor, extended minor, joint major or honours.



In-depth study of the literature of a major anglophone author of wide influence. Course is not intended for English majors, minors, extended minors, joint majors, or honours. May be repeated for credit once if different topic is taught. Breadth-Humanities.


Learning Literature through Role-Playing Games

In this class we will study literature by using an innovative experiential learning method called "Reacting to the Past". Students will learn and practice skills--speaking, writing, rigorous analysis of difficult texts, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork--in order to prevail in difficult and complicated situations. We will play two games: "Stages of Power: Marlowe and Shakespeare, 1592", and "Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman". Students will be assigned different roles, including some prominent historical figures and some fictional characters typical of their age and social positions, all derived from the historical setting. They will then engage in writing and delivering persuasive speeches, writing position papers and newspaper articles, and working in teams to accomplish common objectives and achieve their victory objectives. Gender roles, among other issues, will be explored and debated in both games. No prior role-playing game experience necessary.


  • Speeches, Greenwich Village game 15%
  • Speeches, Stages of Power game 15%
  • Written work (graded speeches, newspaper articles, other persuasive writings, 7-8 pages total), Greenwich Village game 30%
  • Written work (graded speeches, newspaper articles, other persuasive writings, 7-8 pages total), Stages of Power game 30%
  • Final Exam (take home essay, 2 pages) 5%
  • Attendance and participation 5%



Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman. ISBN 978-0-393-93890-6

Stages of Power: Marlowe and Shakespeare, 1592. Eric S. Mallin and Paul V. Sullivan. ISBN 978-1-4698-3144-8

Richard III. Simon & Schuster. ISBN


Doctor Faustus. Christopher Marlowe. Broadview Press.
ISBN: 9781551112107

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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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course 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.

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 ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.