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123250 AR Literature Course - Literature 1/2 (MA) American/North American & Cultural Studies (2021S)

'Where is Here?' Canadian Literatures in the 21st Century

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: English



Mittwoch 13:15-16:00
Beginn: 17.03.2021


Aims, contents and method of the course

Is there such a thing as Canadian literature? Canada arrived comparatively late at a national self-understanding, it is structured by multiculturalism and settler colonial knowledges, and is driven by seeking to distinguish itself from its Southern neighbor. This seminar explores contemporary debates about Canadian literatures in the plural. We will revisit the original question about being in Canada, “Where is Here”? and explore the politics of canonization, post-nationalism, and Canadian exceptionalism. It inquiries about Canada’s public memory culture and responses to the challenge of a global pandemic. Our reading list combines texts about Canadian literatures with samples from Margaret Atwood, Rudy Wiebe, Thomas King, as well as new titles from Larissa Lai, Emily St. John Mandel, and Esi Edugyan.

Assessment and permitted materials

You will be expected to
• post three written assignments in the course of the term (20% each)
• read texts or watch videos which will be posted on moodle in preparation for each class and participate in synchronous and asynchronous exchange and discussion (20%)
• do a virtual book review about a novel you read by yourself (20%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Presence and participation in the online meetings is mandatory. You can have one absence (since these are double classes).
You need to complete all requirements to complete the course. The overall grading scheme is (1): 100-91%, (2): 90-81%, (3): 80-71%, (4): 70-61%, (5): 60-0%

Examination topics


Reading list

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 844; MA 844(2); MA UF 046/507; UF 344
Code/Modul: MA5, MA 6 MA7; MA 3.1, 3.2; M04A; 4.2.4
Lehrinhalt: 12-0315

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