Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG480H1F - L0201

ENG480H1F L0201 T10-12
The CanLit Boom of the 1960s
Professor Nick Mount
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Jackman Humanities Building, Room 704

Brief Description of Course: Canada saw a literary explosion in the 1960s unlike anything this country has ever experienced before. The long decade between the late 1950s and the mid-1970s saw the emergence of the best known names in Canadian literature, including Margaret Atwood, Marie-Claire Blais, Leonard Cohen, Mavis Gallant, Margaret Laurence, Dennis Lee, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Al Purdy, Mordecai Richler, and Michel Tremblay, among others. An outgrowth of my recent book Arrival: The Story of CanLit (Aanansi, 2017), this seminar explores the principal causes, products, and legacies of the CanLit Boom of the 1960s.

Required Reading: Tentatively: Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences, 1949-1951; Marie-Claire Blais, Mad Shadows (1959); George Grant, Lament for a Nation (1965); Hugh MacLennan, The Watch That Ends the Night (1959); Dennis Lee, Civil Elegies (1967); Austin Clarke, The Meeting Point (1967); Margaret Atwood, The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1970); Marie Campbell, Halfbreed (1973); Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women (1971); Mavis Gallant, Home Truths (1981).

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First Three Authors/Texts: John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (.pdf), Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences, 1949-1951.

Method of Evaluation: seminar participation, including short written weekly responses (25%); a 1,000-word essay (25%); and a 2,000-word final essay (50%).

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