What constitutes a good argument? Such a situation would not be too out of place in any of this course’s texts, many of which readers could rightfully label “weird.” The novel, short stories, and poems we will consider draw from horror, fantasy, and science fiction, but do not always fit neatly into a single genre. ALL TRAINING DELIVERED ONLINE USING ZOOM OR VIA. Exploring how artists’ views of art shifted over time, the class will help students appreciate this rich and vibrant period. English (19) Upload your resume - Let employers find you. *Courses available in French and/or English. Most people’s introduction to story and narrative comes in childhood, through children’s books. What happens when language itself is rendered unstable? Grammar and composition form the backbone of the course, which is expanded through study of the variety of writing styles provided in the selected texts. The short story is notoriously resistant to formal categorization and encompasses a wide range of modes of expression. ).  I then worked as a writing specialist at Dawson and Vanier before coming to do the same at JAC. How do social norms change? How is truthfulness judged? There are many countries, ethnicities, and languages; also, a split exists between urban and village culture. Cancellations This course introduces students to the study of literature at the College level through a study of mythology. In fact, the genre’s openness is representative of the power of literature to provide multifaceted views and experiences. Why do fart jokes exist? Along with this preoccupation we will also strive to master techniques of speaking and writing as specified in the ministerial objectives of an English B-block course. This course is designed to introduce students into elements of fiction within three major genres: prose (through a selection of short stories), poetry (through a representative sample of formally diverse poems), and drama (with the help of seeing, discussing and analyzing a classical, medieval and contemporary play). Expect to encounter both fiction and nonfiction (essays and memoir), poetry, short stories, film, and drama. Before that he was a lay church minister, a rock n' roll tour manager and a speculator in antique ornamental jade. In this course we will read African American, Native American, and Asian American authors. In this course, we will consider the suite as a literary form. What, exactly, is a “novel”? In this course students will begin by learning the basics of Shakespearean drama, then quickly move on to examine Shakespeare’s dramatization of family relations in two or three plays. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University (Drama and Theatre), a Master’s from Concordia University (English literature), and a PhD from the University of Ottawa (Victorian literature). Some of the topics we may cover in this course are natural and human-made crises, natural resources, waste, nature versus environmentalist writings, species endangerment/extinction, climate change, and apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian wastelands. It is based on the Ministerial Objectives and Standards for all English courses given in the province. This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of literary writing. The course will introduce students to the cultivation of reading, critical thinking and college-level writing skills (and hopefully, the enjoyment in at least one, if not all these activities!). Our dedicated teachers, Kathryn Allen, Vicki… INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE ENGLISH: Identity vs. Society, century was a turbulent one, packed with political conflicts, technological innovations and cultural revolutions that profoundly affected the world we live in. This course focuses on positive relationships between humans and nature, as these relationships are presented in expository prose and poetry related to environmental studies. Students will learn how to think and write about literature by studying the depiction of romantic love by authors as varied as Plato, Shakespeare, Hemingway and others. Fantastic worlds dramatize answers to these real questions for the ease of the questioners. While this form of analysis has its basis in the classical practices of antiquity, we will devote most of our attention to the modern applications of rhetoric in recent compositions. We will be studying the idea of monstrous transformations. In this class, we will study Shakespeare’s own plays alongside the texts from which he drew his inspiration. In our analysis of these works we will pay attention to the basic elements of short fiction, poetry, and drama, such as plot, character, setting, point of view, rhythm, rhyme and symbolism. Or would time correct itself always coming back to a pre-determined line? We will explore why writers are compelled to include these glimmers of hope and what that says about moving from the ‘freedoms’ of adolescence into the ‘responsibilities’ of adulthood. Her doctoral dissertation, “The Old Maid in the Garret: Representations of the Spinster in Victorian Culture,” was awarded the Pierre Laberge Thesis Prize. Site map, ADMISSIONS The works that students will engage with explore topics experienced by many youth: family dysfunction, religious beliefs and conflict, sex, depression, death, substance abuse, friendship, gender, forms of discrimination, and of course, love and heartbreak. Ed. Short stories will span the nineteenth to twenty-first century and include realism, gothic romanticism, and science fiction. The second unit focuses on Henry Miller’s novel Tropic of Cancer which was criminalized in the United States for a period of 27 years. You are responsible for initiating and participating in the Portfolio. This course is designed for pupils who are interested in science, history, and metaphysics. Students will examine and write about short stories, plays, and poems. Students will read three novels about three historical time frames/events that have permanently etched the cultural memories of three different groups of people. In this course, students will read works either or both authors as well as view film adaptations of their works and films that address similar themes. Our literary analysis of selected works will involve examining their basic elements, themes, as well as their historical positioning. The course begins in pre-Civil War America and explores the environmental imagination of three innovative writers: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. Students are encouraged to take the course in the summer, although it is also offered in the fall. I have been at John Abbott College (JAC) since 2006 teaching a variety of Physics and Pathways courses, and began teaching the Introductory Astronomy course in 2016 including the coordination of Astronomy observing activities and equipment available for students to borrow. This focus will invite the exploration and application of feminist perspectives on literature in discussion and written work. The literary texts are centered on the theme of the conflict between an individual and society in its various forms. The course, thus, will explore what typifies and challenges our categorization of the short story. In this class, we will use 20. century literature as our backdrop to think about the function of literature. End date December 16, 2020. These questions were important to Shakespeare, whose plays frequently featured cross-dressing and other gender-bending motifs. They are also important to modern, twenty-first century readers; they are questions at the core of current conversations about feminism, queer identity, and transgender rights. This course is designed as a writing-intensive introduction to the analysis of poetry and prose, with a special emphasis on the form and representation of the letter. The term “narrative” can also mean a particular way of explaining or understanding one’s history, one’s culture, oneself or others. The stories and novellas featured on this syllabus resist and interrogate binary thinking as a mode of power and control, and invite new forms of knowledge and methods of reading. A seasoned teacher with six years of experience in higher education, I have a diversified teaching portfolio (ranging from English literature, to composition, to English as a second language), as well as skills in developing e-learning courses. This is cunning move on the part of the actor; without completely destroying the fictional world of the show, they still manage to draw attention to the fact that they are, after all, only acting. This course surveys the tradition of travel in various literary genres, and explores how travel works as metaphor: for curiosity, escape, idealized self-renewal, pleasure, the pursuit of self-knowledge, and survival. Why don’t poets just say directly what they mean? The train metaphor of the title is a reference to the journey-like nature of the course: we move fast and cover a lot of terrain. What will emerge over the course of this class are the ways in which poetic perceptions shift our own thinking, shock us out of our complacency, and motivate us to want to change the world too. At the end of the course, students will be invited to attempt to creatively revise a text of their choice. John Abbott College. The long nineteenth century in and around Britain was a time of artistic, scientific, political and technological revolution. Then, we will study one genre of commercial fiction, “chick lit,” looking not just at its conventions, but also at the role of the publishing industry in creating the genre. Skip to main content. Before finally settling down at John Abbott, I have taught at Concordia University and at Champlain College. The cultivation of these abilities will not only aid students in their exploration of violence in literature, but in any other analytical work they may need to do in the future. The creative project and final essay will, in particular, encourage the student to relate the fiction studied to his/her own career interests. If the portfolio is approved, you will receive a certificate and letter of attestation upon graduation. The aim of this course is twofold. We will look at various definitions of identity and performance through an exploration of the main currents of modern and postmodern drama. My courses run the gamut of subjects from love to war to drinking to song lyrics to something I haven’t thought of yet but most certainly will. What is the function of this kind of humour, psychologically, socially, and artistically? Grammar and essay-writing skills will also be studied, practised, and tested. How do we make them change? Pessimistic scifi speaks to a culture’s anxiety about the future; optimistic scifi speaks to a culture’s dreams, its aspirations. For a complete listing of English courses offered, please visit the General Education section of the Course Calendar. This course will offer marketable skills to students who are interested in journalism as a career. Winter 2013. Excerpts from other novels and interviews, articles, and commentary will complement our course readings. If the portfolio is approved, you will receive a certificate and letter of attestation upon graduation. They often wear their wildness as nonchalance, contempt, rage, boredom. The dropping of the flower pot, as metaphor for the disturbance of social stability, is the theme that guides this course: we will study texts which examine both the creative and destructive consequences of broken social orders. Fax: 514.457.6812 How do characters who are seemingly ill-equipped, undervalued, and invisible to others, transform into leaders, victors, and symbols of empowerment? Each semester over 50 students who are strong in English help other students develop their reading and writing skills in one-on-one tutoring sessions. This entry level course introduces students to think, talk and write about literature at the college level. Moving through one decade at a time, we will read short stories, poems and a play, and learn to write productively about texts, ideas, and arguments. When we do this with a poem, the result of our analysis can lead to an analytical essay in which we introduce, argue, provide evidence, explain, & conclude our inquiry. This is the main question this course will address. We learn (and soon forget) the warnings we attach to narrators: first person is unreliable; limited third person gives us access only to a few characters’ thoughts; and omniscient narrators may have access to all thoughts, but they may be a bit lofty in their perspective of the characters. We will explore ideas such as the nature of individuation, heroism, subversion, and violence, and ask ourselves whether or not the tales challenge or sustain the readers’ preconceived notions of childhood innocence and adult experience. Thomas Abray. He holds a BA in English Literature, a BFA in Art History, and an MA in English Literature, all from Concordia University. Moreover, individuals caught up in this greater drama have shared the insights of their individual journeys through oral and written expression. Continuing Education Similarly, Philip Pullman’s highly-acclaimed, young-adult trilogy, His Dark Materials, is also allegory; but Pullman is one of Lewis’ most outspoken critics. Often characterized as the great leveler, a virus, for the most part, does not discriminate when infecting a host. One of the goals of the course is to introduce students to the conventions and best practices related to writing about literature. Sir John Abbott. By the end of this course, we will have discovered the potential of the short story as a vehicle for literary creativity and the exploration of what it means to be human. He is co-author of the grammar text, Drout's Quick and Easy Old English (2012), and assisted editing The Postmodern Beowulf: A Critical Casebook (2006). Students will learn to appreciate the period studied in its own right and in relation to our own time. We will study texts that pose important questions about current scientific, social, technological, and cultural practices by extending these practices into the future, in believable, speculative ways, and looking at their implications: authors invite us to think about trends like genetic modification or biotechnology by extrapolating from current conditions and urging readers to confront potential consequences of these trends. What if the line between reality and performance gets blurred? She has taught at a number of universities in Canada and the US, and she now teaches courses at John Abbott that feature contemporary poetry, British novels, current and seminal works of science fiction, medieval stories of knights, and Shakespearean tragedy. Many of the students in our classrooms today will be doing jobs that don’t yet exist. What will emerge over the course of this class are how attitudes toward the environment emerge too often as socially and ethically impoverished and negligent ways of living, thinking, and interacting with others. By looking directly at literary/poetic elements, both included and excluded by songwriters, we will consider how their creative choices contribute to the distinct form that lyrics take. Examples of the latter are poetic forms such as Haiku and Renga, short prose forms called “Palm-of-Hand Stories”, Prose Meditations, Kabuki and Nōh theatre as well as the cinematic form commonly called “Animé”. For the Greek (Athenian) playwrights of the fifth-century B.C.E., the word meant a serious drama that typically described a conflicted protagonist whose character was tested (by the gods and/or other humans), and in which spectators found a great deal of emotional tension and moral ambiguity. We will concentrate on Contemporary American short fiction analyzing the relationship between the contemporary author, his or her work, and the literary elements he or she uses to explore themes that illuminate the world in which we live. The texts at the core of our inquiry belong to different genres, including a novel (. Furthermore, various indigenous (and sometimes isolated) peoples live in the region: they have survived a history of European colonialism, especially of Spanish and Portugese. But most of all, we will think about thinking. In our analysis of these works we will pay attention to the basic elements of short fiction, poetry, and the novel, such as plot, character, setting, point of view, rhythm, and rhyme. In the case of the hipster phenomenon, as had happened for the Beats, the literary world started mirroring this new youth model in a series of texts based on the themes of hipster identity and style. This is a first-semester English course where students will read a variety of genres: short stories, poetry, film, and a novel. Anyone who disagrees with these presuppositions will have to enjoy the exceptional rarity of his or her sense of humour in silence. English 101 is intended to help students develop the critical abilities they need at the college level. In this class, we will study the cultural context that gave rise to this figure and reflect on how the social construct of “adolescence” engages various themes, such as sexuality and gender, power, independence, rebellion, violence, and racism. While working on her PhD dissertation, Claire joined the English Department at John Abbott in 2008. What then are the counter-discourses, those that reject attitudes that lock us in fear, apathy, fatigue, hopelessness, or blame? The course also includes regular grammar practice to correct basic errors in expression. This course looks at the language of visual story telling as a persuasive and dramatic art form. The class looks at the historical origins, development, implementation, articulation and, ultimately the destruction of the “Final Solution of the Jewish Problem.” This class is intended as the fourth and final English core course. In this course, we will explore the positive things that survive and thrive in this wildness. Would changing the past create alternative futures or a completely different future? Thanks to the monumental success of J. K. Rowling’s. As students will discover, short fiction is as deviant, moral, debased and dignified as our modern lives. The writing assignments for the course include analytical essays, journal responses, some creative work, and an anonymous correspondence with a member of another section of 101. Home / Courses / Department Sites / Continuing Education; Course categories: Search courses: RAC English . Labyrinths and mazes figure prominently in poetry and fiction. This is done, partly, by considering poems which are both authentic literary achievements and popular at the same time; as well, historical contextualization will help. Get the mobile app. Page path. Emphasis is on the genres of poetry and the novel, British and American writing, a thematic approach to the readings and on the thinking and writing strategies of the College Program. They will also complete a major assignment as part of a creative (chapbook) or analytical independent study project (literary analytical essay); investigate opportunities for publication; and plan a vernissage to showcase their end-of-semester achievements. She is also involved in coordinating the Writing Centre. What Jennifer enjoys most about teaching at Abbott is sharing her passion for literature with a diverse population of students. The pursuit of pleasure preoccupies us more than the pursuit of truth or wisdom. The City, Society and the Environment. His most famous stories were those he wrote in a genre he was one of the founders of, Fantasy. This course explores the oral tradition of storytelling from its earliest known forms to the modern era. NEW STUDENTS – Did you miss your orientation session. Some poets suggest that dreams are a creative response to the world, as where Shakespeare writes that we “are such stuff as dreams are made on.” Our work in this introduction to college English is devoted to poetry, drama, and other fictional texts where dreams and dreaming are significant. Hockey is a powerful unifying force for the Canadian nation. 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