engl and cultural studies

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English and Cultural Studies are closely related disciplines. Several of our courses focus on or incorporate theories and approaches associated with cultural studies, and some of our faculty publish their research on topics such as film adaptations, fandom, television, and other media. 


Several English courses can be counted towards a major or a minor in Cultural Studies.  A full list of eligible English courses is on the Cultural Studies website.  In 2017-2018, the English Department is offering the following courses that can be counted as credits in the Cultural Studies program:



2017-2018 English courses that may be counted toward the Cultural Studies degree.

(For further information, please contact the Cultural Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Randi Warne, randi.warne@msvu.ca)

ENGL 2263  Detective Fiction/half unit

Winter term

Monday and Wednesday 12:00 - 1:15 

Instructor: Dr. John Morgenstern


A study of detective fiction as it has developed from its genteel English and hard-boiled American origins into a form able to embrace serious social analysis, feminist perspectives and post-modernist poetics.

ENGL 4407 / WOMS 4407/ GWGS 4407  Queer Theory / half unit

Winter term
Monday and Wednesday 3:00 - 4:15
Instructor:  Dr. Diane Piccitto


As a theory of otherness, disruption, and alternative ways of being and acting in the world, Queer Theory offers a mode of resisting and deconstructing normative - especially heteronormative - ideologies, discourses, and practices. Addressing representations of marginal identities and experiences, it is a rich theory that continues to develop and be reshaped with contemporary investments, particularly in the context of sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, as well as numerous constellations of expression, performance, and desire. Throughout the course, we will consider the way various thinkers have contributed to this dense field and interrogate the philosophical implications of their theories, including the relationship between theory and practice, knowledge and being, identity and embodiment. Specifically, we will conduct intensive examinations of fundamental critical texts such as those by Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Judith Butler. Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 2202 (Introduction to Critical Methods) before taking this course.


ENGL 4427  Studies in Victorian Culture / half unit

Fall term
Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 - 2:45
Instructor: Dr. Karen Macfarlane


This course will focus on the Gothic in Victorian literature and culture. This is a huge topic (the Gothic was everywhere in Victorian culture!), so our focus will be narrowed down to an exploration of the the Gothic and its relation to Empire with an emphasis on the tensions enacted on bodies at this intersection: specifically, (but not limited to) domestic and “foreign” bodies, monstrous bodies, contaminated bodies etc. While we will cover a wide range of texts, images, and cultural practices from throughout the Victorian era, our focus will be on the fin de siècle (roughly 1870s to 1914). We will also be reading selected theoretical texts to provide context for our discussions. Emphasis will be on active discussion and engagement with the material.

Tentative Text List: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Richard Marsh, The Beetle, and possibly Bram Stoker, Dracula.



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