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English 7066: Colonial Fantasies & Nationalist Fairytales

Jerry Evans. Early Canadian critics suggested that our national narratives, stories about the country's 'becoming', were shaped largely by a series of dualities or 'solitudes': French and English, hinterland and metropolis, North and South, wilderness and garden. With new developments in the field of contemporary critical theory and cultural studies, we have started to question certain assumptions about our country and our literature. Ajay Heble writes, "the new contexts of Canadian criticism have forced Canadians to expand their repertoire of contradictory experiences to include, for example, a consideration of the tensions between some of the following: race, class, ethnicity, and gender." Using ReCalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production as a critical guide, we will "reread" our early literature by focussing on canonical and non-canonical texts. Course evaluation will be based mainly on a Student Reading Journal and a Major Research Project related to the Journal.

Semester

Fall 2011

Instructor

Dr. Valerie Legge (valerie@mun.ca)

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