Many of us discovered Canadian literature as young adults when we read such authors as Earle Birney (1904–1995), Margaret Laurence (1926–1987), E.J. Pratt (1882–1964) and Gabrielle Roy (1909–1983). All canonical writers of mid-20th-century Canadian literature, their poetry and prose works were not only good reads, but they also inspired us to explore our country and to know ourselves.
In this seminar, looking at selected works by these and other Canadian authors who were their contemporaries, we will ask—and attempt to answer—three questions. Why were these writers good reads then? Why are they still good reads now? And, if they no longer satisfy 21st-century criteria for good reads, why not?
Note: This seminar involves active participation and group discussion.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.