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 Abandoned Children in Fiction  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ African and Asian Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Aliens in Science Fiction  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 WWII  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Book Club  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 Criminals in Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Cultural Paradigms  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Cultural Paradigms (Variations on a Folktale)  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Dangerous Desire: Lust,Love&Loss  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Dangerous Desire:Lust,Love&Loss  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Drama of Ibsen and Pinter  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Drama of Ibsen and Strindberg  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Drama: The Tragic to the Absurd  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Dreams in Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Epiphanies  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Extremities  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Fables of Identity  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Fairy Loves and Fairy Lais  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 Glimpses, Insights, Epiphanies  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Go to Hell!  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Identity in American Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Innocence, Imagination and Youth  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Into the Wild: Writing about Nature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Irish Myths and Tales  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Jane Austen and her World  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Journalism and the Novel  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Literary Rebels  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Literary Symbolism  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Literary Themes with New School  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Literature and Law  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Metamorphoses in Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Metamorphosis in Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Myths and Fairies  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Native American Perspectives  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Native Perspectives  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Postcolonial Literature: Africa  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Postcolonial Literature: Caribbean  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Quest for Identity  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 Shakespeare's Sonnets  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Symbolism  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The American Gothic  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Individual in Modern Society  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 Other  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Pace of Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Shadow Self  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ The Visual Image  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Contemporary Irish Literature  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Drama  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Literature of the American South  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in Shakespeare  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Themes in the Novels of Philip Roth  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Tolkien's Fantasy: The Lord of the Rings  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Twentieth Century Themes - Displaced Persons  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Unconventional While Female  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Underdogs, Outcasts and Loners  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 World War II and Memory  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Writing the City  2 - 2 - 3 60 
603-103-MQ Writing the Great War  2 - 2 - 3 60 
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