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ENGLISH 1AA3 Lit. in English: Longer Genres

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Roger Hyman

Email: hymanr@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 302

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23732

Office Hours: Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm and Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm

Course Objectives:

Course Overview

The works on the course deal with critical issues of political, economic and social organization. They are concerned with race and racism, marginalization and victimization, gender, war, revolution, prejudice, power and its abuses, class and class conflict, and the implications, domestic and international, of the colonial project.   

We will examine the ways the texts look at the Holocaust, Japanese Internment, Apartheid, Native Canadian issues, forms of authoritarianism, the troubling of accepted national narratives, and the broader social implications, both present and past, of those concerns.

Because we encourage close- reading and in-class discussion in both lectures and tutorials, timely reading of the texts is essential for a successful experience in the course.

Course Objectives

Students should be able to think critically about the issues raised in the texts and to write clearly about them. Students, of course, are expected to attend lectures, to have read the texts, to participate in seminar discussions and to be responsible for material covered in lectures and tutorials.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


Emily Carr, Klee Wyck

Charles Yale Harrison, Generals Die in Bed

George Orwell, Animal Farm

Samuel Beckett, “Endgame”

Nadine Gordimer, July's People

Joy Kogawa, Obasan

Hannah Moscovitch, “East of Berlin”

Method of Assessment:

Assignments and Due Dates

Essay One (500 words):          due week of January 22*

Essay Two (1,500 words):       due week of March 12*

* Essays will be assigned in lecture and posted on Avenue. Students may either hand in essays in tutorial in the designated week or make arrangements suitable to their tutors to hand in essays to their tutors by the end of the designated week.

Marking Scheme

Essay One:                                         10%

Essay Two:                                         25%

Tutorial Participation:                          30% (15% for general participation; 15% for participation assignment)

Final Exam:                                         35%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late essays will be accepted without penalty if a Faculty extension has been granted, or there are issues that, in the opinion of the course instructor following discussion with the student (at least a week in advance of the due date), warrant an extension. Otherwise, essays will be penalized 10% for each day they are submitted after the due date and will not be accepted after five days. Students are responsible to make arrangements with their TAs to submit late essays. Electronic submissions will be accepted only in rare cases after discussion with the course instructor.  

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Lecture Schedule

January 9: Course Introduction and introduction to Emily Carr and her paintings.

January 10: Klee Wyck: “Ucluelet,” “Skedans”

January 16: Klee Wyck: “Sophie,” “Greenville”

January 17: Klee Wyck: “Friends,” “Century Time,” “Kitwancool”

January 23: World War One Poetry

January 24: Generals Die in Bed

January 30: Generals Die in Bed

January 31: Generals Die in Bed

February 6: George Orwell: Introduction

February 7: Animal Farm

February 13: Animal Farm

February 14: Theatre of the Absurd and introduction to “Endgame”

February 20-21 Mid-term recess

February 27: “Endgame”

February 28: Apartheid and July’s People

March 6: July’s People

March 7: July’s People

March 13: State Racism: the Japanese in Canada.

March 14: Joy Kogawa poetry

March 20: Obasan

March 21: Obasan

March 27: Obasan

March 28: “East of Berlin”

April 3: “East of Berlin”

April 4: Wrap-up, Review

Other Course Information:

Other relevant materials for which students will be responsible will be posted on Avenue.