Spring 2019 - ENGL 357 E100
Studies in Canadian Literature since 1920 (4)
Class Number: 1646
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
WMC 3255, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 13, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
Prerequisites:Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.
The study of selected works of Canadian literature written after 1920. Students with credit for ENGL 356 or 358 may not take this course for further credit.
Magic Realism & The Gothic in Canadian Literature after 1920
Two styles have continued to influence Canadian literature after 1920, the gothic mode and magic realism. Even in seemingly realist fiction, along with genteel seances and mesmerism, we can come upon a Caribbean soucoyant, a First Nations Trickster, a magic wolverine, or the uncanny gesture of a high steel worker who, with a single hand, saves a nun blown off the Don Street Bridge. How do we place these uncanny characters and events? What do they tell us about Canadian modernity and postmodernity? Critics find magic realism and the gothic to be discursive and unstable sites, yet developing and yet contested in Canadian fiction. We will explore the uncanny dimensions found in four novels: Atwood’s Alias Grace, Ondaatje’s In the Skin of A Lion, Chang’s Three Souls, and Chariandy’s Soucouyant. As well, we will read some gothic and magic realism poetry, a number of short stories, along with some recent theory.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
After this course you should be able to discuss and evaluate the gothic mode and magic realism in the Canadian literary setting after 1920. In addition you will become conversant in relevant theories and criticism, as well as their evaluative application to four significant novels of the period.
- Participation 10%
- Paper 1 20%
- Paper 2 20%
- Facilitation of Presentation 10%
- Formal Presentation 15%
- Final Examination 25%
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