Second-year English courses at Langara offer students the opportunity to build on the foundations of literary and rhetorical analysis established in first-year courses while applying a much more specific focus in terms of content. Whether you are planning on getting a degree in English or you just want to take an interesting elective, the course offerings change each semester, so make sure you check back often!

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All our second-year courses are fully transferable to UBC and SFU. For information about transfer credit and articulation of these courses, please visit the BC Transfer Guide.

For more information, feel free to contact the individual instructors or the English Department Chair.

Second-Year Courses for Fall 2021

ENGL 2223: Survey of English Literature I

Battle monsters (Beowulf), the medieval church (Canterbury Tales), lovesickness (Twelfth Night), and the devil himself (Paradise Lost) in this glorious romp through 800 years of English literature. Students will learn to understand and appreciate the roots of contemporary literature in English and to express that understanding in articulate written and oral analysis. Depending on students’ comfort levels after our recent plague year (a few of the authors we’ll study endured their own), there may even be an opportunity to perform!

Instructor: Tanya Lewis | Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-12:20
View Course Outline | Register for ENGL 2223 (CRN: 31112)

ENGL 2224: Survey of English Literature II

Delve into British literature from 1660 to 1900 and discover some strange solutions to social problems with Swift, laugh at the lifestyles of the rich and famous with Pope, play matchmaker with Jane Austen, travel to the Lake District with Wordsworth, meet Dickens’s Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, and discover the dark side of Dr. Jekyll with Robert Louis Stevenson. We will explore the major authors of the Restoration, eighteenth century, Romantic period, and Victorian era, placing their texts within their broader social and cultural context.

Instructor: Paisley Mann | Tuesday/Thursday 14:30-16:20
View Course Outline | Register for ENGL 2224 (CRN: 31113)

ENGL 2235: American Literature

This is a course about what Americans wrote that Canadians should read, with pleasure and terror: from the hopeful American voice that invited us to get naked by the bank of a river to the scary American voices that're trumpeting the republic's renewal of greatness. We'll read poems and novels, explain them, talk about them, and decide for ourselves how far we want to buy into the "grand experiment" of the United States. (Probably not too far right now!)

Instructor: Mark Baker | ONLINE (ASYNCHRONOUS)
View Course Outline | Register for ENGL 2235 (CRN: 31318)

ENGL 2233: Children's Literature

This course will examine the transformation of children’s literature by playing with a variety of genres, including nursery rhymes, fairy tales, illustration, Disney films, and short novels. The first part of the course will focus on both the dark and playful aspects of fairy tales. Then we’ll jump into the Golden Age of children's literature before getting our hands dirty with more modern children’s tales.

Instructor: Erin Robb | ONLINE (ASYNCHRONOUS)
View Course Outline | Register for ENGL 2233 (CRN: 31317)

ENGL 2234: Novel, Movie, Meme - Adaptations & Media Culture

What do Bridget Jones and Cher Horowitz have in common? Beside notable fashion and questionable paths to romance, both heroines owe their iconic appeal to the novels of Jane Austen and the adaptation of Austen’s free indirect discourse into sharp but often cringeworthy narrative voiceovers. Twenty-five years after its release, Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma starring Alicia Silverstone, is still influencing the vocal and sartorial inflections of young adults, while the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice miniseries starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, released the same year, informed Helen Fielding’s classic chick lit novel Bridget Jones’ Diary, later to be a film starring, of course, Colin Firth. In 2021, what Austen created has become the inspiration for a #drunkausten hashtag and countless memes that bring Austen’s observations about social relationships into the internet age.
This course will explore the ways in which Austen’s novels continue to influence and produce what William Warner, writing on the effects of Richardson’s 1740 Pamela has described as “media culture,” where the extraordinary popularity of a text shifts not only taste, but the production and consumption of media itself.

Instructor: Erin MacWilliam | Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-14:20
View Course Outline | Register for ENGL 2234 (CRN: 31115)

ENGL 2237: Indigenous Literature

Through the study and discussion of literature (fiction/essays) by Indigenous writers, students will learn about Indigenous cultures, the history of contact and colonization, residential schooling, and other related issues. Students will have the opportunity to decolonize their minds. This course will make you a better person.

Instructor: Jill Goldberg | Monday/Wednesday 14:30-16:20
View Course Outline | Register for ENGL 2237 (CRN: 31118)

Second-Year Courses for Spring 2022

ENGL 2222: Classical Literature in Translation – Erin Robb

ENGL 2223: Survey of English Literature I – Ciara Lawlor  

ENGL 2224: Survey of English Literature II – Mark Baker

ENGL 2235: American Literature – Mark Baker

ENGL 2233: Weird Fiction – Jonathan Newell

ENGL 2237: Black Lives Matter – Simon Rolston

ENGL 2239: Studies in Poetry: The Poetics of Hip Hop – Thor Polukoshko