Brief Description of Course: This course will survey a selection of late twentieth and twenty-first century Canadian texts that challenge traditional genre boundaries, as well as normative constructions of Canadian history and identity. We will explore how these texts use various experiments in literary form to reflect on current debates surrounding the legacies of settler colonialism in Canada, the role of race and gender in resisting those legacies, and the challenges that come along with living an age of accelerated environmental destruction.
Required Reading: Rachel Zolf, Janey’s Arcadia; Larissa Lai, Salt Fish Girl; Wayde Compton, Outer Harbour; Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for a Time Being; Rita Wong, forage; Annabel Soutar, Seeds; Douglas Coupland, Generation A; Joshua Whitehead, Full-Metal Indigiqueer; Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves; excerpts by George Elliott Clarke, Jeanette Armstrong, and Eden Robinson (texts subject to change).
First Three Authors/Texts: Rachel Zolf, Janey’s Arcadia; Larissa Lai, Salt Fish Girl; Wayde Compton, The Outer Harbour.
Method of Instruction: Lecture and class discussion.Method of Evaluation: Two essays (20% each); exam (40%); class participation (20%).