Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG357H1F L0101

ENG357H1F L0101 TR 2-5
New Writing in Canada
Instructor: Vikki Visvis

Brief Description of Course:  A study of fiction published in Canada in the twenty-first century by emerging writers. Focusing on the novel, we will consider how contemporary fiction in Canada moves in new directions by reconceptualizing canonical preoccupations and genres. We will begin with an analysis of culture, concentrating on Native societies, Orientalism, national identity, trauma, and war. We will continue with a critique of the Canadian wilderness, particularly the idea of North, adventure narrative, gender, madness, and criminality. The course will close with a discussion of postmodernism in Canada, specifically its evolving relationship with ethics, humanism, and history.

Required Reading: Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road (Penguin); David Bergen, The Time in Between (McClelland&Stewart); Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air (McClelland&Stewart); Gil Adamson, The Outlander (Anansi); Yann Martel, The Life of Pi (Vintage); Chester Brown, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography (Drawn&Quarterly). Novels available at the Bob Miller Book Room (180 Bloor Street West, 416-922-3557).

First Three Authors/Texts: Boyden, Bergen, Hay.

Method of Instruction: Lecture and class discussion.

Method of Evaluation: One short essay (25%), one long essay (40%), one final examination (25%), class participation (10%).

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