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English (ENGL) 306
The Literature of Work (Revision 1)

Revision 1 closed, replaced by current version.

Delivery mode: Individualized study.

Credits: 3 - Humanities

Prerequisite: A university English literature course is recommended.

Centre: Centre for Language and Literature

ENGL 306 has a Challenge for Credit option.


ENGL 306 is an introduction to literature created by people who do the actual work being depicted. This is a relatively new genre. In the past, most literature about the workplace was written by outsiders; by people who had never done the job and who therefore did not have an insider's knowledge of what actually went on in the daily life of workers. In breaking the taboo against depicting the realities of life on the job, the literature of work gives an exciting new perspective both on the workplace and on the possibilities of literature.


Unit 1: Oral Responses to Working

Unit 2: Poetry

Unit 3: Fiction

Unit 4: Plays

Unit 5: Autobiography and Criticism


To receive credit for ENGL 306, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assign 1 Assign 2A Assign 2B Assign 3 Final Exam Total
15% 10% 20% 30% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Fennario, David. On the Job.

Marty, Sid. Men for the Mountains.

Sayles, John. Union Dues.

Wayman, Tom, ed. Going for Coffee.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide and a student manual.