Course Offerings, Winter 2019


English 1102 (2 Sections, Douglas College, David Lam campus)
Readings in Literature and Culture: The Private Life of War

What are the effects of wars (current and past), state-sanctioned torture, armaments build-ups, military aggression, on the private life, on the life of the body, on our personal and familial histories? What connections exist between the “theatre of war” and those who view it, if only at a distance? How do we write about “the private life of war”? How do soldiers reconcile their private lives with their public roles as warriors? This course will examine one novel, two non-fiction memoirs, and a poetry collection that explore these questions. We will also screen the film version of Jarhead, the films The Battle for Hadiltha and Fugitive Pieces. 

  • Anthony Swofford. Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles. Scribner, 2003. ISBN: 0743244915
  • Kevin Powers. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems. Little, Brown, 2014. ISBN: 0316401080
  • Anne Michaels. Fugitive Pieces. Emblem Editions, 2009. ISBN: 0771058829
  • Leilah Nadir. The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family. Key Porter, 2009. ISBN: 1927018358

English 1130 (2 Sections, Douglas College, David Lam campus)
Academic Writing

We will study the elements of academic writing that make it a distinct genre: appropriate use of citation and summary; placement of sources in conversation with each other; the significant features of introductions and conclusions to academic papers; patterns of development (ways of structuring the argument); thesis statements; abstractions; APA citation style. We will also learn how to effectively search for and evaluate popular and academic (peer-reviewed) sources. By the end of the term you will produce a six-page research paper in appropriate academic style.

One of the best ways to learn to write academic prose is to read it. To this end, the academic readings for this section of 1130 will explore the theme of “boundaries” in a post-9/11 world: we will consider the kinds of borders or boundaries—geographic, political, cultural, personal—that have arisen following the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001, as well as the closely related issues of group identity, xenophobia in the Trump era, and racism.

  • Maureen Okun and Nora Ruddock. The Broadview Guide to Citation and Documentation. 2nd Broadview Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-55481-334-6
  • Trainor, K. Course Pack of Selected Readings. (Available in the Douglas College Bookstore).