Some or all of the following methods will be used:
- Group work
- Peer editing
- Instructor feedback on students’ work
- Individual consultation
All first-year English literature courses share the following features:
- Students are instructed in the writing of critical essays on literary subjects.
- Students are taught to recognize and understand a variety of literary devices and textual elements, such as metaphor, symbolism, distinctions between author and narrator/narrating persona, and issues of language and of structure, as appropriate to the genres and texts studied.
- Readings and topics vary among sections of the same course, according to each instructor’s selection; however, all course materials are consistent with the objectives of the course.
In English 1109, students will examine works in three literary genres:
- Fiction (novels and/or short stories)
Upon completion of any first-year English literature course, the successful student should be able to
- read receptively and reflectively, with sensitivity to the subtleties of language;
- recognize and understand literary devices;
- practice writing as a process involving pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing;
- write an essay of literary analysis that develops an interpretive thesis supported by appropriate and correctly cited evidence; and
- give and receive constructive criticism on written work.
Upon completion of English 1109, the successful student should be able to recognize and understand,
- in reading fiction,
- different strategies of narrative development in fiction;
- elements of fiction, such as plot, setting, character, and point-of-view;
- the features and concepts of genre in fiction; and
- the interpretive elements of themes in fiction.
- common poetic forms, such as the ballad or sonnet;
- emotional tone, including irony;
- figurative language, such as metaphor and symbolism;
- diction, including the differences between denotative and connotative meaning;
- prosody, including sentence rhythms, metre and rhyme;
- sentence level details of grammar and syntax;
- the difference between poet and speaker; and
- literary allusions.
- the nature of character;
- components of structure, including plot and sub-plot, exposition and conflict;
- dialogue, monologue and soliloquy;
- performance; and
- the influence of an audience on the play.
- A minimum of two formal academic essays, with a combined value of at least 40% of the course grade.
- A minimum of 80% of the course grade will be based on writing assignments (essays, essay-based exams, journals, paragraphs). A maximum of 20% of the course grade may be based on informal writing (quizzes, short answer tests); oral reports/presentations; participation/preparation grades; and/or other non writing-intensive assignments.
- A minimum of 15% of the course grade will be based on in-class writing (essay or exam).
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
Sample reading list:
- Beckett, Waiting for Godot
- Geddes (ed.), Twentieth Century Poetry and Poetics
- Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles
- Munro, The Progress of Love
- Shaw, Saint Joan
- DiYanni (ed.), Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay
- The minimum required score on the Douglas College English Assessment, written within the last four years, OR
- a final grade of "B" or higher in English 12, Literature 12 or English 12 First Peoples, OR
- proof of enrolment in a college-level writing or literature course, defined as a course that transfers to Douglas College as an English, Communications or Creative Writing course, OR
- a grade of C- in EASL 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both EASL 0465 and 0475, OR
- a grade of C- or better in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455, OR
- a Language Proficiency Index (LPI) score of 5 on both Essay Level and English Usage and a score of 10 on the Reading Comprehension section, OR
- an IELTS score of 7 with a minimum score on all parts of 6.5 within the last two years, OR
- a TOEFL (internet-based) overall score of 92 with a minimum of 22 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing within the last two years
In combination with another 1100-level English or CRWR course or with English 1200 (as per College calendar requirements), this course may serve as a prerequisite for any 2300-level English course.