Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG424H1F L0101

ENG424H1F    L0101     T3-5
Advanced Seminar Group 2
: Truth and Reconciliation Literature
Professor Cheryl Suzack
Office Phone:
416-946-0352
Office Location:
Jackman Humanities Building, 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:  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); The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015).

First Three Authors/Texts:  Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain; Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, In Search of April Raintree: Critical Edition (1983, 1999); Basil Johnston, Indian School Days (1988).

Method of Evaluation: Lectures and class discussion.

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