English 9201

The Economics, Politics, and Aesthetics of Canadian Writing, 1690-1945

Instructor: Professor D. Bentley
Full-Year Course.

This course would trace the evolution of what became Canadian literature from the writings of explorers and fur traders, through early nineteenth-century travellers and settlers, to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century "nationalists" and "cosmopolitans," using the lenses of economics, politics, and aesthetics. Among the writers covered would be Henry Kelsey, Alexander Mackenzie, Oliver Goldsmith, Joseph Howe, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie, Anna Jameson, Alexander McLachlan, Charles G.D. Roberts, Archibald Lampman, Pauline Johnson, Duncan Campbell Scott, Sara Jeannette Duncan, L.M. Montgomery, A.J.M. Smith, F.R. Scott, A.M. Klein, E.J. Pratt, and Sinclair Ross.