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English 108

Course Outline

Length of Course: One semester (14 weeks)

Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours per week

Prerequisite: English 12 with a C+ or higher, or English 100 with a C or higher, or English 101

Description of Course

English 108 is an introduction to the study of non-fictional writing. Readings range from the origins of literary non-fiction (letters and diaries) to modern personal essays, to larger works. A number of closely related genres are discussed including biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and histories by some important writers of the 19th to 21st centuries. Students develop a critical understanding of the literary and cultural dimensions and contexts of these various forms of literary non-fiction.


3 essays 45%
Presentation 10%
Shorter Assignments 10%
Participation and Attendance  5%
Final Examination 30%


Eight Modern Essayists. Ed. Willam Smart or The Norton Reader Shorter Thirteenth Edition. Ed. Linda H. Peterson et al.
Examples of 2 or 3 longer texts also included:
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman




Steve Barnes, B.Sc. (Alberta), M.A. (British Columbia)
Zeferino Cabrita, B.A., B.F.A., M.A. (British Columbia)
Dilek Cansin, B.A. (Macalester College), M.A. (British Columbia)
Debra Clarke, B.Sc., M.A., TESL Cert (British Columbia)
Leah Kaser, B.A. (British Columbia), M.Ed. (Lesley College)
Angela Lavery, B.A., B.Ed., (Toronto), M.A. (British Columbia)
Nicola Maher, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Sussex)
Leslie Mercer, B.A.(British Columbia), M.A. (University College Dublin)
Denis Roberts, B.A., P.D.P., M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Jim Smith, B.Ed., M.Ed. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Gary Swanson, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (British Columbia)
Julie Karey, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)