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Canadian Literature

Canadian Literature

A survey of Canadian literature in English from its beginnings to the contemporary period. Readings will include poetry, short fiction and nonfiction, as well as novels from various eras; authors to be studied may include Moodie, Atwood, Klein, Richler, Callaghan, Ondaatje, Laurence, Munro, Brand, and King.




  • Atwood, Margaret. The Edible Woman. 1969.
  • Fraser, Brad. Poor Super Man. 1995.
  • Highway, Tomson. Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. 1989.
  • Johnson, Basil. Moose Meat and Wild Rice. 1978.
  • King, Thomas. Green Grass, Running Water. 1993.
  • Leacock, Stephen. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. 1912.
  • Lecker, Robert, ed. Open Country: Canadian Poetry in English. 2008.
  • MacDonald, Ann-Marie. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). 1988.
  • Richler, Mordecai. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. 1959.
  • Scott, Duncan Campbell. In the Village of Viger. 1896.


  • Cuddon, Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory 


  • 45% - Essays (x4)
  • 20% - Discussion Forums (x4)
  • 5% - Quizzes (x5)
  • 30% - 3hr Proctored Final Examination


  • Level 2 or above

Additional information

Please note this course is offered through the Arts and Science Online Office (ASO) for more information please see

Department of English, Queen's University

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Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



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