Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG252Y1Y L0101

ENG252Y1Y   L0101    LEC T11-1; TUT R11 or R12
(Please note: on ROSI, students must sign up for a tutorial on Thursdays at 11 or 12 PM, ONLY)
Canadian Literature
Instructor: Prof. S. Kamboureli
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 924

Brief Course Description: This course will focus on a selection of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama to examine the various cultural, historical, and political conditions that have shaped the development of Canadian literature in relation to the Canadian nation-state. With particular attention to recurring themes and preoccupations, as well as to the politics of representation and aesthetic and formal concerns, we will study as much the forces that have influenced the Canadian literary canon as those that have questioned it.

We will begin with texts that will allow us to explore the colonial implications of “contact” between First Nations peoples and Europeans, as well as early Euro-Canadian authors’ representations of the natural environment. We will also focus on questions of regionalism, modernism, and immigration.

In the second term, we’ll engage with more recent and contemporary literature to examine such phenomena as critiques of the nation-state, multiculturalism, racialization, feminism and gender issues, and will also address how globalization, transnationalism, humanitarian crises and the Canadian cultural marketplace are reflected in recent texts.

Required Reading:
Canadian Literature in English, edited by Moss & Sugars (an anthology of two volumes)
Icefields, Thomas Wharton
Ravensong, Lee Maracle
Badlands, Robert Kroetsch
Dreams/Arteries, Phinder Dulai
Unless, Carol Shields
Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje

First Three Authors/Texts: Icefields, Thomas Wharton; Cartier, Champlain, Moodie from Canadian Literature in English, vol. 1

Method of Evaluation: TBA.

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