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Canadian Immigrant Fiction

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


This seminar explores a range of fictional works dealing with immigration to Canada from the 19th century to the present. By putting literature and history in conversation, this seminar examines how a sense of Canadian national and literary identity developed in conjunction with and reaction to immigration, evolving from a predominantly white, British and Protestant national identity adverse to other cultures and ethnicities, to a multicultural, and multiethnic Canadian identity. While we will look at a few nineteenth-century British narratives of travel and settlement, the seminar will mostly analyze contemporary reinterpretations of historical moments dealing with non-British immigration, such as the Underground Railroad, the internment of enemy aliens during WWI and WWII, or the global relocation of refugees at the turn of the twenty-first century. We will also look at the consequences of immigration on the First Nations and some Native American authors' contemporary denunciation of various forms of settler colonialisms that have marked the history of Canada. In the light of the contemporary massive arrival of people fleeing the United States to find refuge in Canada, we will also explore texts dealing with the pressures of assimilation, as well as with the racial discrimination and anti-immigrant sentiments that continue to permeate Canada despite its image and construction as a multicultural haven.


Students will submit a short annotated bibliography, an essay abstract and a final essay of 2500 words. The seminar will take place from Sept. 20 to Nov. 29.
Students can sit either an oral or a written exam on the content of this seminar, but only during the exam session of June or September.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Students must have taken at least one explication de text course and completed it before spring 2015.

Informations supplémentaires


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