ENGLISH 2G06A Canadian Literature (C01)
Academic Year: Fall 2018
Instructor: Dr. Roger Hyman
Office: Chester New Hall 302
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23732
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12:30-2:30 pm
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
This course raises questions about the different national narratives that have defined and complicated the Canadian experience. We begin with foundation documents that introduce ongoing national concerns with settler colonialism and its effects, and discuss texts dealing with racism, marginalization, class, gender, power and victimization. These concerns will be dealt with by discussions in class and I hope students will become comfortable discussing and offering their opinions about social and political issues raised and suggested by the course materials.
By the end of this course student should be able to read and think critically, discuss and take positions on various aspects and implications of the issues under consideration, and write clearly.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
These are available at Titles, the university bookstore or from online sources.
Emily Carr, Klee Wyck.
Augie Merasty as told to David Carpenter, The Education of Augie Merasty
Richard Wagamese, “Returning to Harmony”:
Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf.
Jacques Poulin, Volkswagen Blues.
Ethel Wilson, Hetty Dorval.
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues
Method of Assessment:
Assignments and Evaluations:
Tutor’s Evaluation: 25%
First term evaluation essay: 5% (500 words; assigned week of Sept. 10; due in class or to tutor week of Sept. 24.)
First term essay 15% (1,500 words; assigned week of Sept. 24; due in class or to tutor week of November 5)
Second term essay: 25% (2,500 words, dates to be determined)
Final Exam: 30% (scheduled by Registrar’s Office)
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
Late essays will be accepted without penalty if: 1. a Faculty extension has been granted, or there are issues that, in the opinion of the course instructor following discussion with the student (at least a week in advance of the due date), warrant an extension. Otherwise essays will be penalized 10% for each day they are submitted after the due date and will not be accepted after five days. Students’ are responsible to make arrangements with the instructor or marking assistant to submit late essays. Electronic submissions will be accepted only in rare cases after discussion with the course instructor.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Email correspondence policy
It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.
Modification of course outlines
The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.
Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.
Topics and Readings:
FIRST TERM SCHEDULE OF READINGS AND LECTURES
September 4 Introduction.
September 11 Coursepack: Cartier, Thompson, Hearne.
Tutorials begin; Evaluation Essay Assigned
September 18 Film: “Where the spirit Lives”; discussion; Coursepack: “The Prophecy.”
September 24 Coursepack: Suzuki, “A Personal Foreword”; Wright, Prologue to Stolen Continents
Evaluation Essay Due in Seminar;
Suggested first term essay topics assigned
October 2 Coursepack: Goldsmith,“The Rising Village”; Crawford, “Said the Canoe.” Scott, “Onandoga Madonna,” “The Forsaken.”
October 16 Emily Carr; paintings; introduction to Klee Wyck
October 23 Klee Wyck; Read articles for next week’s discussion.
October 30 Introduction to Three Day Road; Cultural Appropriation: From the Inside or from the Outside; War and Cultural Genocide.
November 6 Coursepack: “In Flanders Fields”; Selected World War One Poetry;
Essays due, in class or to tutor
November 13 The Education of Augie Merasty
November 20 Medicine Walk
November 28 Medicine Walk
December 5 Film: “The Secret Path”; Coursepack: “Traplines,” “A Long Story”
SECOND TERM SCHEDULE OF READINGS WILL BE POSTED BEFORE END OF FIRST TERM