English (ENGL) 351

Comparative Canadian Literature I (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisites: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s) and course professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 351 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ENGL 351 is an introduction to the study of ethnic minority writing in Canada in the context of the country's two majority traditions—the English and the French.

Among the topics examined are the national literatures, the voices of women, national myths and stereotypes, regionalism, and immigration.


To receive credit for this course, you must complete an essay assignment and a research paper, and must receive a grade of at least “50” per cent on each assignment and on the final exam. The following chart provides a suggested schedule for completing the essay, the research paper, and the exam. It also indicates the percentage weighting given to each course requirement in arriving at a final composite mark for the course.

Essay Research Paper Final Exam Total
30% 50% 20% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials


Bugnet, Georges. The Forest. Montreal: Harvest House, 1976.

Clarke, Austin. There Are No Elders. Toronto: Exile, 2007.

Conan, Laure. Angeline de Montbrun. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974. Athabasca University reprint.

Dahab, Elizabeth, ed. Voices in the Desert: An Anthology of Arab-Canadian Women Writers. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2002.

Gibb, Camilla. Sweetness in the Belly. Toronto: Anchor Canada, 2005.

Goto, Hiromi. Chorus of Mushrooms. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1994.

Marlyn, John. Under the Ribs of Death. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1990.

Ostenso, Martha. Wild Geese. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1989.

Pivato, Joseph, ed. Contrasts: Comparative Essays on Italian-Canadian Writing. 2nd ed. Montreal: Guernica, 1991.

Pivato, Joseph, ed. The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Writing. Toronto: Guernica, 1998.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide, student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 351 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on each challenge component.

Essay Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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, November 27, 2008.

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