Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG425H1F L5101

ENG425H1F   L5101   W6-8
Advanced Studies Group 2: Truth & Reconciliation Literature
Instructor: Prof. C. Suzack

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 913
Email: cheryl.suzack@utoronto.ca  


Brief Description of Course: Canada’s entry into the “truth and reconciliation period” in its demeanor toward Aboriginal peoples proposes to revise its relationship with Aboriginal communities by rebuilding and renewing social relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. In this course, we will explore literary texts that address this relationship in the pre- and post-reconciliation phases by assessing how creative writers contribute to this process of reconstruction. We will read literature that makes visible the uneasy practice of public accountability by focusing on the issues of transparency in knowledge sharing, narrating victim-centered accounts, and ‘making justice’ as a stage of reconciliation. Our goal will be to assess not only how literature challenges the privatization of certain forms of knowledge practices but also revises forms of justice and reconciliation made possible by the state.

Required Reading: Beth Brant, “A Long Story,” A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women (1989); Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (1987); Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, In Search of April Raintree: Critical Edition (1983, 1999); Basil Johnston, Indian School Days (1988); Tomson Highway, Kiss of the Fur Queen (1999); Richard Wagamese, Indian Horse (2012); Ronald Niezen, Truth & Indignation (2013).
 
Critical essays available through the course blackboard site

First Three Authors/Texts: Beth Brant, “A Long Story,” A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women (1989); Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (1987); Basil Johnston, Indian School Days (1988);

Method of Evaluation: Class participation; weekly questions; short essay; research essay 


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