Topics in Canadian Literature

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
ENGL 3140
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course examines a selection of Canadian literature in any genre(s), chosen to highlight an organizing theoretical, historical, regional, cultural, or thematic focus. Readings will include theory/criticism relevant to the topic under consideration.
Course Content

All third-year English courses share the following features:

  1. Students are presumed to have had first-year level instruction and experience in writing critical essays on literary subjects.
  2. Students are required to read in the course subject area beyond the texts assigned by the instructor.
  3. Students are required to incorporate into their oral and written coursework secondary source materials, which may include biographical information, literary criticism or theory, unassigned texts by the author under study, relevant cultural or intellectual history, or other aesthetic works such as music or visual art.

Readings and topics vary with each instructor’s presentation of a course, but all course materials are consistent with the objectives and outcomes of this course.

 In English 3140 the course content will vary depending on the special topic, as the examples below indicate:

  1. Northrop Frye as theorist and critic (theoretical).
  2. The building of the transcontinental railway (historical).
  3. The literature of Atlantic Canada (regional).
  4. Racism and the Aboriginal experience (cultural).
  5. The Mythic North (thematic).
Methods Of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  1. lecture/discussion;
  2. group work;
  3. peer review;
  4. independent research;
  5. instructor feedback on students’ work;
  6. individual consultation; and
  7. presentation (individual or group).
Means of Assessment
  1. A minimum of two academic essays and a final exam worth at least 80% of the course grade (combined total).
  2. 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
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of any third-year English literature course, students should be able to

  1. read and analyze literary texts with increased skill and insight;
  2. integrate their understanding of literature into an evolving awareness of relevant cultural and historical contexts and perspectives;
  3. perceive connections among literary texts across genres, historical periods, and/or cultural contexts;
  4. conduct independent research to supplement the course material and integrate this information into course assignments; and
  5. write different kinds of literary analyses, such as thematic, technical, or theoretical.

Upon completion of English 3140, students should also have

  1. developed an understanding and appreciation of the historical development of the topic under consideration, where applicable;
  2. developed an understanding of some of the social, political, cultural or historical conditions out of which the topic arises, and to which it responds; and
  3. developed an understanding of the range of critical approaches to the topic.
Textbook Materials

Texts will vary with authors and genres selected by the instructor, and may include shorter readings compiled in custom course packs. 

The following reading lists represent two possible versions of this course:

Contemporary Atlantic-Canadian Literature

  • Clarke, George Elliott. Executioner's Poems
  • Coady, Lynn. Strange Heaven
  • French, David. Salt-Water Moon
  • Johnston, Wayne. Baltimore's Mansion
  • Leavitt, Sarah. Tangles
  • Richards, David Adams. Nights Below Station Street
  • Wylie, Herb. Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reading of Atlantic Canadian Literature

Queer Canadian Identities

  • Dickinson, Peter. Here Is Queer: Nationalism, Sexualities, and the Literature of Canada
  • Coyote, Ivan E. Close to Spider Man
  • Healey, Michael. Courageous
  • Highway, Thomson. Kiss of the Fur Queen
  • MacDonald, Anne Marie. Fall on Your Knees
  • Scofield, Gregory. Native Canadiana: Songs From the Urban Rez
  • Winter, Kathleen. Annabel



Any two university-transfer first-year English literature courses, OR one university-transfer first-year English literature course and one university-transfer first-year Creative Writing or English writing course, AND a minimum of 45 credit hours.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) AU ENGL 3XX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU ENGL 305 (3) 2014/09/01 to -
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC ENGL 204 (3) 2014/09/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR ENGL 202 (3) 2015/01/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ENGL 3XXX (3) 2011/01/01 to 2014/08/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ENGL 3XXX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit 2014/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU ENGL 3XX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU ENGL 3XX (4) 2011/01/01 to 2014/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 4260 (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 3XXX (3) 2011/01/01 to 2014/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU ENGL 3XX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) No credit 2015/01/01 to 2016/12/31
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ENGL 3XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ENGL 3rd (3) 2014/09/01 to 2021/04/30
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ENGL 222 (3) 2011/01/01 to 2014/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ENGL 222 (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ENGL 222 (3) 2011/01/01 to 2014/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENGL 331 (3) 2011/01/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ENGL 360 (4) 2011/01/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ENGL 448 (1.5) 2014/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) Individual assessment 2011/01/01 to 2014/08/31

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.