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ENG2322 – Canadian Literature in English

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to Canadian literature in English, where the main emphasis will be on poetry and fiction (novels as well as short stories) from the twentieth century, although some central texts from the nineteenth century will also be addressed. The main focus of the course will be on 1) main points of development in Canadian literary history, and 2) some central Canadian themes (e.g. "identity").

Learning outcome

The students will become familiar with central aspects of Canadian culture and society through a study of the country's literature. The syllabus texts will be studied both for their unique features in terms of the national literature, and their place in a larger Anglo-American context.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

The students must have taken at least 10 study points in literature/culture, preferably ENG1303 – British Literature / 1304 / ENG1505 – British Civilisation / 1506 or equivalent. Admission to the course is required.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English

Overlapping courses

This course overlaps with ENG4362 – Canadian Literature in English (discontinued).


The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours per week, 28 hours in all. There is a mid-term break (one week in autumn term, two weeks in spring term) during which the students are expected to prepare obligatory assignments (see below) and otherwise study on their own. The students are supposed to attend the course regularly


Every student is to hand in an essay (ca. 5 standard pages) during the course. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given. The assessment will be based on a 4-hour exam after teaching is over.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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