Brief Description of Course: This course will introduce students to a selection of major texts and critical discussions in Canadian literature. We will read poetry and prose from the nineteenth century to the present day, situating our literary texts in relation to their cultural and historical contexts. Lectures and discussions will address topics such as the legacies of settler colonialism; modern and postmodern experimentation in Canada; the role of literature in constructing and contesting Canadian national identity; First Nations literatures; and multiculturalism and transnationalism in Canada.
Required Reading: Selections by Brian Maracle, Thomas King, John Franklin, Susanna Moodie, Margaret Atwood, Northrop Frye, Robert Kroetsch, Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, George Elliott Clarke, M. Nourbese Philip, Alice Munro, and Jeanette Armstrong; Marian Engel, Bear; Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion; Dionne Brand, Thirsty; Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach; Madeleine Thien, Dogs at the Perimeter (texts are subject to change).
First Three Authors/Texts: Brian Maracle, Thomas King, and John Franklin.
Method of Instruction: Lectures and tutorials.Method of Evaluation: Essay outline (10%); short essay (20%); research paper (25%); participation (15%); and exam (30%).