Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG252H1F - L0101

ENG252H1F L0101 T11-1; Tutorials R11 (TUT 0101, 0102, 0103) or R12 (TUT 0201, 0202)
Introduction to Canadian Literature 
Dr. Vikki Visvis

Brief Description of Course: An introductory study of English-Canadian prose and poetry from the eighteenth century to the present day. The course will begin with an analysis of Canada’s pioneers and settlers, particularly in works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and will, then, revisit Canada’s settler-colonial history from Indigenous perspectives. We will continue with a discussion of realism in the twentieth century; the formal experimentation that modernized Canadian poetry in the mid-twentieth century; and women’s writing, both in terms of “feminist waves” and transnational feminism. The course will close with an exploration of contemporary multicultural narratives—within contexts such as postmodern experimentation, dystopian futurism, and black writing—and queerness in CanLit.

Required Reading: Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water (Harper-Collins); Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion (Vintage); Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves (DCB). Excerpts by Frances Brooke, Samuel Hearne, David Thompson, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie, Lee Maracle. Poetry by A. J. M. Smith, E. J. Pratt, P. K. Page, Irving Layton, Marilyn Dumont, Larissa Lai, Daphne Marlatt, Betsy Warland. Short stories by Sinclair Ross, Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Dionne Brand, Djamila Ibrahim, Madeleine Thien, Shyam Selvadurai, Andy Quan. Novels available at the University of Toronto Bookstore (214 College Street, 416-640-7900). Excerpts, poetry, and works of short fiction will be posted on the course Quercus site.

First Three Authors/Texts: Hearne; Thompson; Brooke.

Method of Instruction: Lectures and tutorials.

Method of Evaluation: One short essay (20%), one long essay (25%), one essay outline for long essay (10%), one final examination (30%), class participation (15%).

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