English 491: Directed Studies in Literature


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In recent years some students have used English 491 to explore topics of particular interest to them. We are listing some of these topics below as examples of the research conducted by these students. From this page there are also links to some student papers.

List of topics:

  1. The Jungian theme in some novels by Robertson Davies
  2. Walt Whitman and Canadian culture
  3. Othello, the play and two film versions
  4. Two Canadian women writers and popular culture
  5. Three Canadian confederation poets
  6. Dystopias in literary works
  7. Hugh MacLennan and nationalism
  8. Cyberpunk fiction

Student research papers:

"Of Machines and Meat: Cyberpunk, The Postmodern Condition and a Posthuman Reality,"
by Jennifer Wilson

"A Very Short History of Cyberpunk,"
by M. J. Pivato

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"Of Machines and Meat: Cyberpunk, The Postmodern Condition and a Posthuman Reality,"
by Jennifer Wilson

"A Very Short History of Cyberpunk,"
by M. J. Pivato

This page was updated by
B. Powell-EMD