GL/EN 1900 3.0 RECONCILING LITERATURE: UNDERSTANDING TEXTS & CONTEXTS
Category: Foundation Set
General Education Credit: HUMA
Language of Instruction: English/French/Bilingual
Course Offered (Optional): 2022
This course responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action by examining literature representing Canadian Indigenous peoples. While building student capacity for intercultural understanding, this course introduces literary elements and techniques, and the methods of textual analysis.
Expanded Course Description (Optional)
This course responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action by examining literary texts representing the experiences of Canadian Indigenous peoples: namely, those related to the residential school system, Crown treaty obligations, and Indigenous peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada. A wide range of texts will be studied, including orature, autobiographical works, exploration and travel writing, scientific discourse, political speeches, journalism, legal testimony, historical writing, graphic novels, literary prose and verse, and drama. Students will develop their critical reasoning skills by learning how such works operate to convey complex ideas within a fraught Canadian colonial context.