|COURSE NUMBER:||ENGL 370|
|COURSE TITLE:||Carving out a Nation: Canadian Literature Pre1970|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Dr. Philip Mingay|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
|COURSE DESCRIPTION:||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. Through reading of
representative Canadian prose and poetry, this course traces this
literary history including critical, cultural, and regional influences
on our national literature before 1970.
Prerequisites: ENGL 215
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:||
this course, we will study selected works of Canadian poetry and
fiction, as well as other forms of media such as art and film. In
particular, we will focus on questions of canon formation and a
national literature, including the role of the artist in the
construction of Canada 's national identity, both as a both a
geographical place, and as a place of the imagination. We also will
address questions of genre, and the politics of multiculturalism,
gender, and regionalism. Our discussions will also examine the ways in
which the texts affect broader theoretical 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.
Class participation is essential to the intellectual progression of the class. I expect you to attend class regularly and be prepared with specific questions and concerns so that we can examine the texts in detail. As well, you will be expected to support your classmates' presentations by asking productive questions and contributing to our understanding of each presentation's topic.
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.
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