Sunday, March 14, 2010

Seminar Diagrammes of Wilson's "Journey:

Follow this link to the submitted diagrammes of Ethel Wilson's "Journey" chapter in Innocent Traveller. This represents very creditable productive participation from the classfellows involved, & noted accordingly.

They may additionally prove stimulative for your mid-term essays....

Friday, March 12, 2010

On L.M. Montgomery: Public Lecture at SFU

Dr. Laura Robinson, "Sex Matters: L.M. Montgomery, Friendship, and Sexuality"

Friday, 26 March 2010
7-8:30 p.m. Harbour Centre, Room 2270

GSWS thanks the Departments of English and History for their generous co-sponsorship.

Dr. Laura Robinson is an Associate Professor of English literature at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In addition to articles on children's literature, Canadian women writers Margaret Atwood and Ann-Marie MacDonald, and the television show The L-Word, she has published articles on L.M. Montgomery's work in 100 Years of Anne with an "e", Storm and Dissonance, Canadian Studies: An Introductory Reader, Canadian Literature, L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture, and Children's Voices in Atlantic Literature Culture. Her short fiction has appeared in Wascana Review, torquere, Frontiers, Her Circle, and EnterText.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mid-Term Essay

The Canadian experience articulated as a journey is a literary trope encoded early by seminal writers such as Susannah Moodie, Margaret Atwood and Northrop Frye. Ethel Wilson made this authoritative by her magnum opus in fiction The Innocent Traveller. Write a two-thousand word essay, due in lecture on March 26th, in which either Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz or Lucy Maud Montgomery's Emily of New Moon is explicated in direct relation to Wilson's representation of Canadian identity and journey. You have three alternatives for your essay.
  1. Concentrate on the aspect of dominant matriarchy
  2. Use the Canadian formulation of religion--in either its personal or its ecclesiastical aspect--to order your argument.
  3. Frame the journey in the context of the opposing integration-alienation axes.
Again, choose one of these three alternatives. The essay must demonstrate that you have a robust understanding of the two texts that you chose entirely in context of the information presented in course lecture. You do not need to incorporate any secondary sources beside course lecture but you are free to do so.