English 9208A

Canadian Poetry to WWI

Instructor: Professor David Bentley.
Fall Half Course.

Using the lenses of aesthetics and economics, this course will trace the evolution of what became Canadian literature from the writings of explorers and fur traders to the First World War. Although poetry will be a primary focus, attention will also be paid to a selection of short fiction and to visual manifestations of aesthetic and economic ideas. Among the writers examined will be Henry Kelsey, Oliver Goldsmith, Adam Kidd, Susanna Moodie, Charles G.D. Roberts, Archibald Lampman, Duncan Campbell, L.M. Montgomery, and Stephen Leacock.