Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
100 McCaul St. 3 floor, room 315
Tel: 416.977.6000 ext 372
SEMESTER & YEAR: FALL 2012
Course Title: Studies in Canadian Literature
Course Number: ENGL 3B06
Course Day & Time: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Building & Room#: #240, 100 McCaul St.
Credit Value: 0.5
Pre-requisites: 7.5 Credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken ENGL 2B02 may not take this course for further credit.
Instructor: Dr. Camille Isaacs Office Location: 314, 100 McCaul St.
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.
Voicemail: 416-977-6000 ext. 4250
COURSE CALENDAR DESCRIPTION
Taking a close look at individual texts and traditions, this course considers notions of Canada through
literary representations of its people, languages, and landscapes, and through Canada's different models of
verbal art (Aboriginal, African, European, and others). Texts studied may range from pre-contact indigenous
myths, the diaries of early pioneers, novels of the immigrant condition, to French-Canadian works in
translation. Traditions may include folklore, hip hop, the Anglo-American modernist literary tradition, and
the contemporary, urban avant-garde.
Students can expect to examine several genres in this course, including poetry and fiction. While this
is an abbreviated course on Canadian literature, various geographic regions are covered (Atlantic Canada,
rural Quebec, the prairies, and the bigger cities of Toronto and Vancouver). Given that this course is only a
semester, the topics under review will be limited. Through the literature, we will be examining Canada’s
ongoing search for its identity, representations of the landscape (be it big city or the “wild”), how
immigration has affected the Canadian space and its inhabitants, Canada as postcolonial space, and gender.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS/COURSE PACKS
1. Sinclair Ross, As for Me and My House. 1941. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2008.
2. Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2004.
3. Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1987.
4. George Elliott Clarke, Whylah Falls. 1990. Kentville, NS: Gaspereau Press, 2010.
5. Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2001.
6. Marie-Claire Blais, A Season in the Life of Emmanuel. 1966. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2007.
All these books can be purchased at the OCAD bookstore. LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the conclusion of this course, students can expect to
describe and comment on Canadian literature;
initiate and undertake critical evaluation about arguments, assumptions, and abstract concepts related
to the study of Canadian literature;
make critical use of scholarly reviews and primary sources
communicate accurately in written essay and oral format.
The major part of the course consists of weekly classes, which may consist of a combination of lecture,
discussion, and group work or exercises. Students are expected to read the required readings, attend all
classes, participate in all activities and contribute to discussion. Plan to accommodate a minimum of 6 hours
per week of homework for this course. Absences from class must be supported with official documentation;
three unsupported absences may jeopardize your standing in the course.
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND EVALUATION SCHEDULE
- Presentation (10 minutes) worth 15% -- ongoing, 5 per class, commencing Sept. 26
- Essay #1 (1000 words) worth 25% -- Oct. 10
- In-class essay (500 words) worth 20% -- Oct. 31
- Essay #2 (2000 words) worth 30% -- Nov. 21
- Class participation* 10%
The required form of citation for essays is MLA style, which can be found through the library at
*Participation is based on participation in classroom discussions and interactions with individual
POLICY ON LATE ASSIGNMENTS
Please note that assignments are due in class. They will not be accepted by the Faculty of Liberal Studies
office. Note that late assignments will be penalized at a rate of 2% a day and that assignments that are
more than 7rdays late will not be accepted. Students should submit late assignments (hard copy) to my
mailbox (3 floor, 100 McCaul) or in class. A hard copy must be submitted for marking. In order to
verify the date on which you handed in your late assignment, you must submit your paper electronically
through Canvas or email, followed by the hard copy within 12 hours. Also note that late presentations will
be penalized at a rate of 5% per week.
2 CLASS CONDUCT AND EXPECTATIONS
1) You must ensure you are properly registered for the course. If you have any concerns about
your registration status, you may confirm on-line, confirm with the Faculty of Liberal Arts &
Sciences Office, or contact the Registrar. Please first check your registration and read the
codes carefully (the codes are clearly explained in the Course Calendar which is available on-
line at www.ocad.ca).
2) You are expected to conduct yourself in a manner respectful of your instructor and your fellow
students. This includes, at a minimum:
Arriving on time
Turning off your cell phone upon arrival
If late, entering the classroom with the least disruption
Not interrupting or speaking when someone else has the floor
Using your laptop appropriately (i.e. not for email)
ABSENCES AND MAKE UP TESTS
Only under very special circumstances may students hand