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English (ENGL) 302

An Introduction to Canadian Literature (Revision 2)

Revision 2 closed, replaced by current version.

Delivery Mode:Individualized study.


Area of Study:Humanities

Prerequisite:ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s).

Centre:Centre for Language and Literature

ENGL 302 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course introduces students to the Canadian literary tradition—major authors, works, forms, periods, movements, and concerns—from colonial times to the present. Works are chosen primarily from English-Canadian authors, although a number of French-Canadian works are studied in translation. The themes and questions considered in the course include the Canadian identity, nature and the Canadian attitude to it, isolation and alienation, women in Canadian literature, the gothic element, views of Native peoples in Canadian literature, and the relationship between Canadian literature and Canadian visual art.

Note: Since this is a senior course, we expect students to have good reading and writing skills as well as the basic critical tools and knowledge of literary forms and techniques that are acquired in an introductory university English literature course like Athabasca University's English 211 and 212. Students who do not have the recommended credits in an introductory English literature course may experience significant difficulty with the essay assignments and examinations.


Unit 1: Prose: Frontier Experiences

Unit 2: Prose: The Developing Canadian Community

Unit 3: Poetry

Unit 4: Prose: The Urban Experience

Unit 5: Drama

Unit 6: Affinities Between the Literary and Visual Arts


To receive credit for ENGL 302, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on each examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Essay 1 Essay 2 Mid-term Exam Final Exam Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms

Donna Bennett and Russell Brown, editors. A New Anthology of Canadian Literature in English.

Callaghan, Morley. The Loved and the Lost.

Jones, D. G. Under the Thunder the Flowers Light up the Earth.

Laurence, Margaret. The Fire-Dwellers.

MacLennan, Hugh. Each Man's Son.

Mitchell, W. O. Who Has Seen the Wind.

Murray, Peter, and Linda Murray, eds. The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists.

O'Hagan, Howard. Tay John.

Pollock, Sharon. Walsh.

Reaney, James. Sticks and Stones, The Donnellys: Part I.

Richardson, John. Wacousta.

Ringuet. Thirty Acres.

Ross, Sinclair. As For Me and My House.

Roy, Gabrielle. The Tin Flute.

Roy, Gabrielle. Translation by Harry L. Binsse. Where Nests the Water Hen.

Tremblay, Michel. Translated by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco. Forever Yours Marie-Lou.

Other Materials

The course materials also include study guides, a student manual, and Canadian art postcards.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2.

Last updated by SAS  09/10/2013 11:31:20