Faculty of Arts

Department of English


Becoming America: An Exploration of American Literature from Precolonial to Post-Revolution

Featuring sixty-nine authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the diverse voices in early American literature. Reviews available from the Open Textbook Library.

Includes: Reading and review questions

British Literature I: Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Neoclassicism

Featuring over 50 authors and full texts of their works, this anthology follows the shift of monarchic to parliamentarian rule in Britain, and the heroic epic to the more egalitarian novel as genre. Reviews available from the Open Textbook Library.

Includes: Reading and review questions, key terms

British Literature II: Romantic Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Featuring 37 authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the literature developed within and developing through their respective eras. Reviews available.

Includes: Biographies for each author, reading and review questions

CanLit Guides

CanLit Guides is a flexible learning resource that helps students critically engage with Canadian literature while encouraging and promoting independent study. CanLit Guides provides first- and second-year university students with information, resources, and exercises addressing literary theory, Canadian literary history, and works of Canadian fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Please note that while free to read, most of the website is not licensed for reuse.

Compact Anthology of World Literature

The introductions in this anthology are meant to provide an overview of foundational literature and their historical background. Reviews available.

Genre in a Changing World

This book collection of essays provides a wide-ranging sampler of current work. Reviews are available through the Open Textbook Library.

The Ideologies of Lived Space in Literary Texts, Ancient and Modern

Inspired by the spatial turn in the humanities, this collection presents a number of essays on the ideological role of space in literary texts. The individual articles analyse ancient and modern literary texts from the angle of the most recent theoretical conceptualisations of space. The focus throughout is on how the experience of space is determined by dominant political, philosophical or religious ideologies and how, in turn, the description of spaces in literature is employed to express, broadcast or deconstruct this experience. Reviews available through the Open Textbook Library.

An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution

An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution corrects, expands, and celebrates the presence of the African Diaspora in the study of British literature.

Includes: Further reading

Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity

This book attempts to demystify the act of reading and to show that these works, whether they are nearly three thousand or less than two hundred years old, still have important things to say to contemporary readers. Reviews are available through the Open Textbook Library.

Open Anthology of Early World Literature in English Translation

This webpage is a collection of free and open primary texts in digital formats for the study of early world literature in English translation. Multiple English translations are provided for comparison and study, as well as open secondary and supplemental resources.

Prose Fiction: An Introduction to the Semiotics of Narrative

This textbook outlines the principles and techniques of storytelling. It is intended as an introduction to the central concepts of narrative theory that will aid students in developing their competence not only in analyzing and interpreting short stories and novels, but also in writing them. Reviews are available through the Open Textbook Library.

Includes: Summary, glossary

World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650

This peer-reviewed World Literature I anthology includes introductory text and images before each series of readings. Sections of the text are divided by time period in three parts: the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance, and then divided into chapters by location.

Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present

Writing the Nation: A Concise Guide to American Literature 1865 to Present is a text that surveys key literary movements and the American authors associated with the movement. Topics include late romanticism, realism, naturalism, modernism, and modern literature. Reviews available from the Open Textbook Library.

Includes: Key terms, glossary


Bad Ideas About Writing

This collection aims to identify bad ideas about writing and suggest better ones. Reviews available.

Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy

This book provides an in-depth look at beginner grammar terms and concepts, providing clear examples with limited technical jargon.

Includes: Exercises, glossary

College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success

This book is designed as a comprehensive grammar and writing text for high intermediate and advanced level non-native speakers of English.

Includes: Integrated examples, exercises, suggested writing topics, grading rubrics

English Composition: Connect, Collaborate, Communicate

This textbook has been designed for students to learn the foundational concepts for a first year composition course. Reviews available.

Includes: Suggested assignments, videos and readings

Howdy or Hello?: Technical and Business Communications

Technical writing courses introduce you to some of the most important aspects of writing in the worlds of science, technology, and business—in other words, the kind of writing that scientists, nurses, doctors, computer specialists, government officials, engineers, and other professionals do as a part of their regular work. The skills learned in technical writing courses can be useful in other fields as well, including education and social sciences. Reviews available.

Includes: Quick reference for APA and MLA citations

How Arguments Work – A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College

This book takes students through the techniques they will need to respond to readings and make sophisticated arguments in any college class. This is a practical guide to argumentation with strategies and templates for the kinds of assignments students will commonly encounter. It covers rhetorical concepts in everyday language and explores how arguments can build trust and move readers. Reviews available.

Includes: Audio version of text, annotated sample essays

Mindful Technical Writing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals

This is textbook is designed for use in co-requisite course pairings of developmental writing and introductory technical writing, or indeed in other lower-division college writing courses that focus on building study skills alongside effective workplace and academic writing skills. Reviews available.

Includes: Activities

Naming the Unnameable: An Approach to Poetry for New Generations

Informed by a writing philosophy that values both spontaneity and discipline, this book offers practical advice and strategies for developing a writing process that is centered on play. Reviews available.

Includes: Key terms, recommended accompanying resources

The Simple Math of Writing Well: Writing for the 21st Century

This text addresses the importance of writing well in the Google age. Reviews are available.

Includes: Exercises with answer keys

Successful College Composition, 3rd ed.

This textbook and accompanying instructor manual provides an overview of writing skills for an introductory writing course. A modularized version is available for D2L.

Includes: Exercises, key takeaways, instructor manual

Writing and Literature: Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking, and Communication

This textbook teaches the various writing styles appropriate for analyzing, addressing, and critiquing various genres. The text and its pairing of helpful visual aids throughout emphasizes the importance of critical reading and analysis in producing a successful composition. Reviews are available.

Includes: Glossary, assignment ideas

Writing Unleashed: Content and Structure

This book is designed for use as a textbook in first-year college composition programs. Reviews available.

Includes: Questions to consider

Writing Fabulous Features

This book teaches the art and craft of feature writing to help readers learning to write non-fiction with flair. Reviews available.

Includes: Feature examples, interviews with journalists

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