Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG480H1F L0101

ENG480H1F L0101 MW 10-12
The CanLit Boom of the 1960s
Instructor: Nick Mount


Brief Description of Course: Canada saw a literary explosion in the 1960s unlike anything this country had 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, George Bowering, 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 book Arrival: The Story of CanLit (Anansi, 2017), this compressed seminar explores the principal causes, products, and legacies of the CanLit Boom of the 1960s.

Required Reading: Tentatively: John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (.pdf); Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences, 1949-1951; Marie-Claire Blais, Mad Shadows (1959); Sheila Watson, The Double Hook (1959); Dennis Lee, Civil Elegies (1972); Marian Engel, The Honeymoon Festival (1970); Austin Clarke, The Meeting Point (1967); Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women (1971).

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 five short written weekly responses (25%), a 1,000-word preliminary essay (25%), and a 2,000-word final essay (50%).

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