Spring 2023 - ENGL 362 D100

Transnational Literatures in English (4)

Class Number: 7709

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Thu, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • 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.


Tobias Boes writes that the bildungsroman is “connected more than any other to the rise of modern nationalism” (Formative Fictions 3). Perhaps it is unsurprising, then, that post-independence African writers and artists have adopted and adapted the genre as a means of negotiating the pressures and possibilities that define postcolonial life. In this course we’ll turn to a range of texts from the African continent that explore the complexities of growing up in rapidly changing societies. From the darkly comic Zambian film I Am Not a Witch, to J.M. Coetzee’s sly, pseudo-autobiographical Boyhood, we’ll encounter a wide range of stories that challenge the idea of what “growing up” means on the world’s “youngest” continent.


  • participation 10%
  • reading reflections (3x250 words each) 30%
  • midterm essay (1000 words) 25%
  • final paper (1500-2000 words) 35%



JM Coetzee - Boyhood


Rungano Nyoni - I am Not a Witch

Tsitsi Dangarembga - Nervous Conditions

K Sello Duiker - Thirteen Cents

John Trengrove – Inxeba

NoViolet Bulawayo – We Need New Names

A selection of critical essays, short stories, and poetry to be made available via Canvas.


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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.

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Registrar Notes:


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