ENG350H1S L0101ENG350H1S L0101 T3, R3-5
Early Canadian Literature
Instructor: Prof. N. Mount
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 704
Brief Description of Course:
According to the most well-known literary critic Canada has yet produced, early Canadian literature is “as innocent of literary intention as a mating loon.” Perhaps—but literature’s intentions were not always literary. Through fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, this course explores the literary and extra-literary intentions of English Canadian literature from the arrival of the Loyalists to the First World War.
Charles Sangster, The St. Lawrence and the Saguenay
(Canadian Poetry Press); John Richardson, Wacousta
(New Canadian Library-Penguin); Catharine Parr Traill, The Backwoods of Canada
(NCL); James De Mille, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
(NCL); Ralph Connor, The Man from Glengarry
(NCL); L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
(Broadview); selections from Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wild Animals I Have Known
(NCL) and Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
(NCL); selected poets in Carole Gerson & Gwendolyn Davies, eds., Canadian Poetry from the Beginnings Through the First World War
(NCL); additional short works provided in class. All books will be available at the Bob Miller Book Room, 180 Bloor St. West.
First Three Authors/Texts
: Goldsmith, “The Rising Village,” in Canadian Poetry from the Beginnings
; The St. Lawrence and the Saguenay
Method of Evaluation
: Two essays and in-class participation.