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ENGLISH 1AA3 Lit. in English: Longer Genre (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Roger Hyman


Office: Chester New Hall 302

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23732

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 pm & Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 pm

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

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

Method of Assessment:

Assignments and Due Dates

Essay One (500 words):          due week of September 24*

Essay Two (1,500 words):       due week of November 19*

* 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 3% 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

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 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 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 

September 5:     Course Introduction.  

September 6:     Introduction to Emily Carr and her paintings

September 12:   Klee Wyck: “Ucluelet,”

September 13:   Klee Wyck: “Skedans” “Sophie,” “Greenville”     

September 19:   Klee Wyck: “Friends,” “Century Time,” “Kitwancool”

September 20:   World War One Poetry

September 21:   World War One Poetry

September 27:   Generals Die in Bed

September 28:   Generals Die in Bed

October 3:         Generals Die in Bed      

October 4:         George Orwell: Introduction  

October 8-14:    Mid-term recess

October 17:       Animal Farm

October 18:       Animal Farm

October 25:       Theatre of the Absurd and introduction to “Endgame”

October 31:       “Endgame”

November 7:     “Endgame”

November 8:     Apartheid and July’s People

November 14:    July’s People

November 15:    July’s People

November 21:    Joy Kogawa poetry

November 22:    Obasan

November 28:    Obasan

November 29:    Obasan

December 5:      Wrap-up, Review