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.

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