Literary Themes

This course looks at selected works of literature with particular reference to their cultural contexts and thematic developments. Students will continue to practice writing critical essays.

To pass English 103 at Dawson College, students must be able to do the following:

Reading

  • identify one or more themes in a literary work
  • understand the literal meaning of the work studied
  • recognize ways in which stylistic, rhetorical, and formal features of the works contribute to the expression and development of a theme
  • perceive and appreciate the significance of historical and cultural contexts

Writing

  • develop a literary analysis of a theme or themes within the works
  • develop a critical analysis that is distinct from a personal reaction or plot summary
  • locate supporting evidence within the literary work, present it clearly and logically, and explain how the evidence supports the thesis
  • maintain unity and coherence throughout the essay.
  • write clear and error-free sentences

Please note that not all the courses listed below are offered every term:

Course Number Course Name C - L - H Hrs
603-103-MQ A Meaningful Life  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ African and Asian Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Archetype and Meme: Literature and the Internet  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Augustan Satire  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Banned Books  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Being Blitzed: British Literature of World War II  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Book Club  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Canada and the First World War  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Climate Narratives  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Confessional Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Contemporary Women Writers  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Crime and Punishment  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Cultural Paradigms  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Displaced Persons: 20th Century Themes  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Drama: The Tragic to the Absurd  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Encounters with Death  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Family Dramas  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Family in Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ First Peoples Perspectives  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Fool for Love  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Gender and Utopia  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Gender Issues in Drama  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Gender Issues in Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Going Viral: Transmission and Containment from Fiction to Philosophy  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Grief, Loss, and Magic  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Heroism and Culture  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Identity in American Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Insights, Glimpses, Epiphanies  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Into the Wild  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Into the Wild: Writing about Nature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Jane Austen and her World  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Literary Themes with New School  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Literature and the Law  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Metamorphosis in Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Migrations  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Moby Dick and the Buddhist Tradition  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Myths and Fairies  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Nuturing Nature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Petrocultures and the Posthuman  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Postcolonialism and Science Fiction  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Reading, Writing and Eating  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Representations of Family  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Revisions: New Versions of Old Stories  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Rumi and the Rose  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Shakespeare  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Shakespeare's Sonnets  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Shakespearean Conversions  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Tell Me a Story  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Black Canadian Experience  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Drama of Ibsen and Strindberg  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Immigrant Experience  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Lord of the Rings  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Love Story  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Quest Pattern  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Greek Drama  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Poetry  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Shakespeare  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Shakespeare's Drama  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Shakespeare: Hardcore Hamlet  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes of the Harlem Renaissance  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ This is America  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Twentieth Century Themes  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Twentieth Century Themes: Displaced Persons  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Utopia / Dystopia  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Watching the Detectives  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Women With Agency  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Writing the Great War  2 - 2 - 3 60 
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Last Modified: February 25, 2016