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Graduate Courses (Summer 2013)

Note: Course outlines are subject to change.

ENGL 523G / IGS 530Y | Editing Modernism On and Off the Page

This graduate reading course, team-taught by Dr. Karis Shearer (UBCO) and Dr. Dean Irvine (Yale) will offer students the unique opportunity to pursue a course emerging from the Textual Editing and Modernism in Canada (TEMiC) Summer Institute where students will study alongside emerging scholars from other institutions, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or junior faculty. This year’s course, with its theme, “Editing Modernism On and Off the Page,” introduces students to the current field of editorial theory (both in Canada and around the world) and focuses on editing the page (print and digital) as well as the oral or audio text. We will discuss a variety of editorial approaches and editorial problems, introducing students to theories of the social text, hypertext, and genetic editing. Students will also become familiar with digital initiatives and tools such as TEI and editing software such as Audacity.

For the first time this year, TEMiC will offer a series of afternoon workshops that focus on creative production, including print-making and book-making. These workshops will complement the theoretical focus of the morning sessions. Moreover, the course will feature supplementary lectures by visiting speakers including Jason Camlot (Concordia), Jentery Sayers (Victoria), Kate Hennessy (SFU), Constance Crompton (UBCO) and Anderson Araujo (UBCO).

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Instructor: Karis Shearer
T: 250.807.9776

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IGS 530 | Writing Speculative Fiction

This is a Special Topics course for IGS Creative Writing students to study speculative fiction and to apply that learning to her own speculative fiction writing. The student will study concepts and approaches of sci-fi or fantasy (or other literary devices of the speculative) in a range of contemporary novels. Some in-depth analysis to discuss: how does the author create the 'other', as iterated in landscape, character, and action/plot; where does the author otTer a 'grounding' in the familiar for the reader, as a sort of wq_rld-stabilizer; how does the author establish the world of the story, and how does that world (or our understanding/relationship to that world) change by the end of the novel; what devices of language, description, action, etc are used to destabilize the reader?
Through the composition of chapters of her novel, the student will expand her insight into the layered mechanics of writing speculative fiction.

Instructor: Michael V. Smith
T: 250.807.9706

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