603-102-MQ, Views from Postwar Canadian Fiction
In this course, students will investigate a selection of Canadian postwar literary works with an emphasis on short stories and a novel published between 1945 and 1960. This course will examine the anxieties of Canadians as articulated in works of Canadian authors published after the Second World War. The course will begin with an introduction to the social, economic and political effects of the Second World War and its aftermath on Canadians. It will also focus on the social and cultural issues that helped build Canadian identity, such as class consciousness, community, city versus country life, gender relations, new social configurations, self- acceptance, belonging, race, etc. Through a close reading of selected passages and an analysis of how the techniques and devices help authors express postwar themes, students will have a chance to consider the force of these interpretations and its significant impact on roots and identity, for as Simcha Kravitz states in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, A man without land is nobody.