Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG252Y1Y L0101

ENG252Y1Y     L0101    LEC T3-5; TUT R3 or R4
(Please note: on ROSI, students must sign up for a tutorial on Thursdays at either 3 or 4)
Canadian Literature
Dr. V. Visvis
Office Telephone: 416-978-6764
Office Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 802
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Brief Description of Course:
An introductory study of English-Canadian poetry, prose, and drama from the eighteenth century to the present day. This survey course will begin with an analysis of Canada’s pioneers and settlers, particularly in works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We will continue with a discussion of realism in the early twentieth century; the formal experimentation that modernized Canadian poetry in the mid-twentieth century; and women’s writing in the 1970s and 80s. The course will close with an examination of postmodernism and multiculturalism in the late twentieth century as well as new voices in the early twenty-first century.

Required Reading: Donna Bennett, Russell Brown, A New Anthology of Canadian Literature in English (Oxford); Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water (Harper-Collins); Sinclair Ross, As For Me and My House (NCL); Alice Munro, Who Do You Think You Are? (Penguin); Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman (McClelland&Stewart); Robert Kroetsch, The Studhorse Man (Vintage); Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion (Vintage); Tomson Highway, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing (Fifth House); Yan Martell, The Life of Pi (Vintage); Chester Brown, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography (Drawn&Quarterly). Excerpts by Frances Brooke, Samuel Hearne, David Thompson, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie. Poetry by Charles Sangster, Archibald Lampman, Duncan Campbell Scott, E. Pauline Johnson, E.J. Pratt, A. J. M. Smith, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, Patrick Lane. Short stories by Austin Clarke and Dionne Brand. Texts available at the Bob Miller Book Room (180 Bloor Street West, 416-922-3557). (NCL = New Canadian Library published by McClelland & Stewart). Works of short fiction by Austin Clarke and Dionne Brand will be posted on the course Blackboard site.

First Three Authors/Texts: Hearne, Thompson, Brooke.

Method of Instruction: Lecture and tutorials.

Method of Evaluation:
First-term essay (20%); second-term essay (30%); first-term test (15%); final examination (25%); class participation (10%).
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