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Canadian Literature

Canadian Literature

ENGL 215 is a survey of Canadian literature in English from the Confederation period to the present day. Through the study of representative works of Canadian poetry, prose, and drama, students will trace the development of Canadian literature from its origins as an outgrowth of British literature to its establishment as a discrete national literature with its own distinct voice, set of traditions, and diversity of subject matter.




  • 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 


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

**Assessments subject to change**


  • Level 2 or above or 6.0 units of ENGL

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