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Topics in Modern/Contemporary Canadian Literature I

Controversial CanLit

So you think Can Lit is boring? Contrary to popular perception, the nation has its share of banned books that continue to be celebrated or lambasted by advocates of either censorship or freedom of expression. This course examines a selection of texts from the 1960s to the present that have provoked the ire of readers and critics from North America and beyond. Whether it be for questions of gender, sexuality, race, class, culture or trauma, these texts foreground the changing attitudes and perspectives of readers and writers over the last 60 years.


Students should be prepared to engage in respectful dialogue over sometimes difficult material by authors such as Tomson Highway, Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler, Dany Laferrière, Mariko Tamaki and Marian Engel.


ENGL 200
ENGL 290

Department of English, Queen's University

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