Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG350H1S L0101

ENG350H1S   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.

Required Reading: 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; Wacousta.

Method of Evaluation: Two essays and in-class participation.

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