Canadian Literature (PGT) ENGLIT5111

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This masters-level course introduces a range of internationally celebrated Canadian authors, exploring their work in relation to questions about place and landscape, nationality and migration, community and history.


"9 x 'online anytime' lectures (pre-recorded), with embedded activities. These can be completed in the student's own time.

7 x 90-minute seminars as scheduled on MyCampus

1 x 30-minute individual meeting.


This is one of the Masters options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





1500-word close reading exercise - 30%

3000-word essay - 60%

7-minute presentation - 10%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ explore the development and diversity of Canadian writing in English over the past hundred years, and discuss the processes by which a national literature is constructed;

■ analyse the politics of literary representations of colonial and postcolonial encounter, of wilderness, and of diasporic and multiethnic communities;

■ enable students to develop individually selected areas of specialised research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ conduct advanced critical work on Canadian literary texts in relation to geography, history and intercultural exchange;

■ interrogate the issues of race, gender and cultural power which emerge in the attempt to identify national and regional literary traditions;

■ work in sophisticated ways with a range of online text archives and with interdisciplinary scholarly resources in Canadian Studies;

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and persuasive argument.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.