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Department
English
Course
EN 3230
Professor
A.Lu
Semester
Fall

Description
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. COURSE ORGANIZATION 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 http://library.concordia.ca/help/howto/citations.html. *Participation is based on participation in classroom discussions and interactions with individual presentations. 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
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