COURSE TITLE: Carving out a Nation: Canadian Literature Pre-1970 




CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)



From its rural and colonial past to its increasingly urban and multicultural present, Canada's emerging and evolving sense of national identity has been reflected in its literature. In this course, through our reading of representative Canadian prose and poetry, we will trace this literary history and explore the way critics have characterized our national literature before 1980. As well, we will map out some of the geographic and cultural influences that have given rise to a variety of regional literatures.

Prerequisites: ENGL 214/215




Essay One


Essay Two (Research)


Library Assignment




Final Exam







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In ENGL 370 students will...
• Learn the vocabulary to study Canadian fiction and poetry, as well as other forms of media such as art and film.
• Construct critical interpretations of texts about issues such as canon formation and national literature, and the role of the artist in the construction of Canada 's national identity.
• Further develop their research, writing, and argumentative skills in the discipline of English literature.
• Address questions of genre, as well as the politics of multiculturalism, gender, and regionalism.
• Be introduced to.broader theoretical academic issues such as postcolonialism, postmodernism, feminism, and education.

The classes will incorporate both lecture and discussion formats. I will introduce each text and its critical background, and then as a class we will examine the text in detail, as well as any supplementary texts. This means that you must attend class, keep up with the readings, and be prepared to contribute to class discussions. It would be useful for you to note what you believe are significant sections from the texts, and how they may contribute to our understanding of the course as a whole.


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