Spring 2019 - ENGL 455W D100
Topics in Canadian Literature (4)
Class Number: 1676
Delivery Method: In Person
Advanced seminar in Canadian literature. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. Writing. Students with credit for ENGL 455 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.
This course focuses on two of the most influential and significant poets of western Canada: Phyllis Webb (born 1927) and Fred Wah (born 1939). Both have won the Governor General’s Award for poetry, amongst many other honours. With both poets publishing recent editions of Collected Poems, this is an excellent time to explore their careers in their entirety. The diversity and range of the two poets’ work will allow us to address questions of gender, sexuality, race, place, ecology, and the poetics of long serial form poetry. As both Webb and Wah began to take an interest in Indigenous art and culture in the 1970s, we will also take a careful approach to the question of “appropriation,” ending the course by reading the (re?)appropriative strategies of Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel
- Participation 10%
- Presentation and short (1000 w) essay 20%
- Reading journal 20%
- Essay proposal 10%
- Essay (2500-3000 w) - expansion of presnetation essay and/or Journal material 40%
Phyllis Webb, Peacock Blue
Fred Wah, Scree
Jordan Abel, The Place of Scraps
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