Spring 2022 - ENGL 112W B100

Literature Now (3)

Class Number: 5515

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Mary Ann Gillies
    Office Hours: Wed. 1:00 via Zoom



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.


  • Tutorial attendance 5%
  • Weekly Post Lecture Response Assignments 10%
  • Weekly Post Tutorial Response Assignments 10%
  • Paragraph Writing Assignments 8%
  • Pre Writing Assignments 8%
  • Essay - including draft, peer review and revised essay 34%
  • Final Exam 25%



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
Horrocks, Dylan Hicksville
Drawn & Quaterly Publications

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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