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ENGL 323 Topics in Romanticism (Abbotsford Campus)
"Romantic Delusions: Drugs, Madness, and the Romantic Imagination"
Since antiquity, poetic skill has been associated with madness, delusion, and sorcery: literature possesses the dangerous and seductive power to shape worlds and influence our view of reality. As the Enlightenment gave way to the Romantic era – in the midst of the French Revolution’s unimaginable horrors – the eighteenth century’s privileging of reason was eroded by a growing interest in the irrational, the unexplainable, and the uncommon. In this course, we’ll encounter Romantic texts that explore the strange underbelly of the “normal” and the “rational” in their representations of madness, the sublime, dream-visions, evil, and drug use. How do these preoccupations shape the literature of this period? And how does this literature respond to shifting definitions of “normal” and “strange”?
ENGL 338 Studies in Modernism (Abbotsford Campus)
Until very recently, women writers and artists have faced both legal and social barriers in making their voices heard. This course surveys a series of writers who have lobbied for change and pioneered new expressions of sex and gender with wit and imagination. Through the richness of their work, we will explore the complex narrative of 20th century feminisms.
English 361: Contemporary Canadian Drama (Abbotsford Campus)
Spanish playwright Garcia Lorca once stated that “A nation which . . . does not encourage its theatres is, if not dead, dying; just as the theatre which does not feel the social pulse and historical pulse, the drama of the people, and catch the genuine colour of its landscape and of its spirit, with laughter or with tears, has no right to call itself a theatre.”
In the 1960’s, Canadian artists straightened their shoulders and shrugged off the British and American domination to create a national Canadian theatre, and since then, Canada’s playwrights have created a rich body of work which indeed feels the social pulse and captures the spirit of the country. It poses important and difficult questions about family, justice and injustice, race, gender, and about shifting borders between cultures, and between audience and actor. The English Canadian drama which we will examine in English 361 primarily ranges from the 1960’s to 2013. These plays exemplify the movements and forms of drama in contemporary Canada, but they also challenge our assumptions about ourselves, our society, and the nature of theatre itself.
ENGL 363 Autobiography (Abbotsford Campus)
Autobiography is the only genre in which the author is simultaneously both subject and object. This fact suggests many interesting questions. How objectively can we know ourselves? Does the self change over time? If so, how reliable is memory where the self is concerned? If memory is not reliable, to what extent is improvisation permitted? What are the ethics of autobiography?
It is certain that the “self” as we know it—unique, autonomous, self-directed—is a fairly recent construction It probably dates from the Early Modern period when nascent capitalism created new occupations that removed people from their family traditions. The notion of a subjective “identity” is as recent as the Romantic era, when new directions in philosophy placed the individual (not the cosmic) consciousness at the centre of things. More recently, Marxism, psychoanalysis, and feminism have all also left their marks upon the notion of personal identity. Autobiography in the twentieth century is thus almost a new genre in itself.
See the UFV Fall 2014 Timetable for a complete list of ENGL courses.