General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title American literary studies (Canadian studies)
Language EN
Module lecturer Prof. UAM dr hab. Agnieszka Rzepa
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of English
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 15-ALS-AMU-PIE-11


Collegium Heliodori Święcicki, Room 211 Friday 8:00-9:30

Module aim (aims)

  1. Module aim (aims): The aim of the seminar is to familiarize students with Canadian literary tradition and major trajectories of change in Canadian literature from the second half of the 19th to the beginning of 21st century. Special emphasis will fall on post-WWII prose—primarily “shorts” (short stories, sketches, essays), and a few somewhat longer texts. Texts selected for discussion vary in style, subject-matter and focus, allowing students to appreciate the diversity of contemporary Canadian literature.

After the course students will:

  1. have basic knowledge of Canadian literature in general (basics of historical development, with focus on contemporary literature), and more detailed knowledge of selected texts/problems/trends;
  2. have basic knowledge of selected elements of Canadian history and culture
  3. have a better understanding of selected theoretical approaches to literature and be able to use them in analysing literary texts
  4. have improved literary analysis skills


Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

good command of English, allowing students to understand, appreciate and discuss (orally and in writing) literary texts and academic articles.


Week 1: Introduction to the course (structure, requirements). Introduction to Canada and Canadian literature.




Week 2: Basic terms: literature, canons, canonicity (in general and in Canadian contexts).




Week 3: Contextualising contemporary Canadian literature: Canadian colonial literature




Week 4: Canadian national mythologies and their reflection in literature.




Week 5: Canadian gothic literature.




Week 6: Postmodernism and postcolonialism in Canadian literature.




Week 7: Magic realism and surrealism in Can.Lit.




Week 8: Canadian multiculturalism and diasporic writing in Canada




Week 9: Canadian multiculturalism and diasporic writing in Canada




Week 10: Canadian multiculturalism and diasporic writing in Canada




Week 11: Canadian multiculturalism and diasporic writing in Canada




Week 12:Indigenous literatures in Canada.




Week 13: Indigenous literatures in Canada.




Week 14:Canadian graphic novel.




Week 15:Canadian graphic novel.

Reading list