English and Film Studies

ENGL 373 B1: Canadian Literature & Culture: Canadian Literature and Colonization

Canadian Literature and Colonization investigates the ways in which literature, and acts of representation more broadly, have contributed to the colonization of what is now Canada. The course is divided into three units: 1) 'Open Space', which examines the prevalence of images of unoccupied land within Canadian visual arts and literature; 2) 'The Spine of Empire', which explores representations of the C.P.R. and other forms of technological nationalism; and 3) `Calls for Decolonization` which observes both Indigenous and settler responses to Canada`s colonial history. Students can expect to encounter a wide variety of writers, such as Margaret Atwood, Ken Babstock, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Pierre Berton, Earle Birney, Marilyn Dumont, Susanna Moodie, E.J. Pratt, F.R. Scott, A.J.M. Smith, Catharine Parr Traill, and Joshua Whitehead. Students can also expect to encounter art by Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, and Kent Monkman.