Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG350H1F  L0101  T10-12, R11
Early Canadian Literature
Professor Nick Mount

Brief Description of Course: According to the most well-known literary critic Canada has yet produced, early Canadian literature is “as innocent of literary intention as a mating loon.” Perhaps—but literature’s intentions were not always literary. Through fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, this course explores the literary and extra-literary intentions of literature in Canada up to the First World War..

Required Reading: Tentatively: William Berens, Memories, Myths, and Dreams of an Ojibwe Leader (McGill-Queen’s); John Richardson, Wacousta (Penguin); Catharine Parr Traill, The Backwoods of Canada (NCL); James De Mille, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (Broadview); Louis Hémon, Maria Chapdelaine (Dundurn); L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (Broadview); Sara Jeannette Duncan, The Imperialist (Broadview); selections from Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wild Animals I Have Known (NCL) and Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (Broadview); selected poets in Carole Gerson & Gwendolyn Davies, eds., Canadian Poetry from the Beginnings Through the First World War (NCL). All books will be available at the Bob Miller Book Room, 180 Bloor St. West.

First Three Authors/Texts: Goldsmith, “The Rising Village,” in Canadian Poetry from the Beginnings; TBA readings in Berens, Memories, Myths, and Dreams; Wacousta. Note that the reading load for this course is heavy, about a book a week..

Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Two essays and in-class participation.

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