Brief Description of Course: This course explores Canadian fiction from the end of the last World War to last year. Expect tears in a train station, crazy cottagers, mad jazz, bombs in Beirut, and a cross-country bike trip with a pedophile. Mostly, we’ll read and talk about novels, about one every two weeks. In between, we’ll read finalists for this year’s Journey Prize for emerging writers.
Required Reading: Elizabeth Smart, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (UK General-HarperCollins); Sheila Watson, The Double Hook (New Canadian Library); Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel (NCL); Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women (Penguin); Margaret Atwood, Surfacing (NCL); Michael Ondaatje, Coming Through Slaughter (Vintage Canada); George Bowering, Burning Water (New Star); Dionne Brand, In Another Place, Not Here (Vintage Canada); Rawi Hage, De Niro’s Game (Anansi); Chelsea Rooney, Pedal (Caitlin); Michael Crummey, Sweetland (Anchor Canada); Guillaume Morissette, New Tab (Véhicule); The Journey Prize Stories 26 (McClelland & Stewart). All books will be available at the Bob Miller Book Room, 180 Bloor St. West.
First Three Authors/Texts: By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, Journey Prize Stories, The Double Hook.
Method of Evaluation: Two 1,000 word essays; one 3,000-word essay; and participation.
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