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Athabasca University

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

Teaching Summary

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.

Composition 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.

Updated September 12 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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