Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG353Y1Y    L5101    R6-9
Canadian Fiction
Dr. V. Visvis
Office Telephone: 416-978-6764
Office Address: JHB, 802
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Brief Description of Course:
A study of English-Canadian fiction written in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This survey course will begin with an analysis of early to mid-twentieth-century fiction, focusing on issues of sentimentalism, realism, and modernism. We will continue with an exploration of postmodernism, multiculturalism, and women’s writing in the 1970s and 1980s. The course will close with an examination of literary representations of historical traumas, such as the Holocaust and the First World War, as well as contemporary constructions of the Canadian wilderness.

Required Reading: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (Broadview); Sinclair Ross, As For Me and My House (NCL); Sheila Watson, The Double Hook (NCL); Margaret Atwood, Surfacing (McClelland&Stewart); Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion (Vintage); Margaret Laurence, The Diviners (NCL); Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women (Penguin); Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces (McClelland&Stewart); Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road (Penguin); Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air (McClelland&Stewart); Gil Adamson, The Outlander (Anansi). Novels 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, Dionne Brand, Rohinton Mistry will be posted on the course Blackboard site.

First Three Authors/Texts: Montgomery, Ross, Watson.

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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