Dr. Sonia Atwal
Areas of Expertise/interest
Postcolonial literature and theory, diaspora theory and literature (particularly the South Asian diaspora), Indian literature and South Asian women’s writing, minority literatures/minority writing in Canada, Britain, the U.S., multiculturalism, hybridity, cultural theory, ethnic/gender identities, creative writing
Introductory English courses:
- I have taught a number of “Introduction to English Literature” courses, starting at UWO and the U of A during my studies. I have taught and developed introductory English courses at Blue Quills and YTC. At AU, I have taught English 211, 212, and 110 online. I have taught these courses at Blue Quills as paced courses and for AU Staff as learning courses.
- I have taught English 353 for AU for over 10 years. I have helped teach some business English courses at YTC and at Blue Quills, in addition to the running of 211/212. I also have volunteered with adult literacy programs.
English Literature Courses:
- In addition to the introductory English literature surveys, I have taught a wide variety of courses. During my studies, I taught a number of comparative literature courses on Women in World Literature and also an Introduction to World Literature course. At AU, I am currently teaching the following online courses: English 211, English 353, English 302 (Introduction to Canadian Literature) English 307 (Women in Literature), English 397 (Twentieth century English Novel), English 433 (Postcolonial Literature). Until it was recently discontinued, I was also teaching English 437 (Literature of the Canadian West). I have briefly taught other AU courses on Literary Theory and Criticism (Eng316) and English 335 and 336 (Comparative Literature I and II). For a number of years, I have also taught English 308 (Native Literature) as a paced course at Blue Quills and YTC.