Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG353Y1Y  L0101   T11-1, R11
Canadian Fiction
Professor Smaro Kamboureli

Brief Description of Course: A study of English Canadian fiction written in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Through novels as well as short fiction, the course will examine some of the major themes and socio-political conditions that have shaped the development of Canadian literature, i.e., colonialism, nationalism, regionalism, and multiculturalism, while paying equal attention to literary movements and formal concerns, e.g., realism, naturalism, and postmodernism. How “race,” gender, and class have shaped Canadian fiction will also be a central concern in this course.

Short fiction (TBA) by Austin Clarke, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, Thomas King.

Required Reading: F.P. Grove, Settlers of the Marsh; Martha Ostenso, Wild Geese; Sinclair Ross, As For Me and My House; Sheila Watson, The Double Hook; Robert Kroetsch, Badlands; Thomas Wharton, Icefields; Daphne Marlatt, Ana Historic; Lee Maracle, Ravensong; SKY Lee, Disappearing Moon Cafe; Hiromi Goto, Chorus of Mushrooms; Dionne Brand, What We All Long For; David Chariandy, Brother; Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves; Joshua Whitehead, Jonny Appleseed.

First Three Authors: F.P. Grove, Settlers of the Marsh; Sinclair Ross, As For Me and My House; Thomas Wharton, Icefields.

Method of Instruction: Short lecture and class discussion.

Method of Evaluation: First-term essay (20%), second-term essay (30%), final examination (30%), participation & short report (20%).

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