English Literature MA

Canadian Literature ENGLIT4127

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces a range of Canadian authors, exploring their work in relation to questions about place and landscape, nationality and migration, community and history.


1x1hr lecture; 1x1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





1500-word close reading exercise - 25%

3000-word essay - 50%

7 min presentation - 15%

Seminar contribution - 10%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ consider a varied selection of Canadian texts, examining the narrative, poetic and dramatic strategies they use to engage with Canada's geography and history;

■ explore Canadian literature in relation to the politics of literary representations of colonial and postcolonial encounter, of wilderness, and of diasporic and multiethnic communities;

■ develop individually selected areas of specialised enquiry within the field of Canadian literature.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically analyse literary inscriptions of place - and particularly of different regions of Canada;

■ reflect on Canadian literary texts in relation to questions about migration, border-crossing, and transatlantic connections;

■ use a range of online text archives and interdisciplinary scholarly resources in Canadian Studies;

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and sustained argument.

■ demonstrate resilience and time management through effectively planning, undertaking and submitting coursework.

■ deal with change and new challenges by applying their disciplinary skills and knowledge to previously unfamiliar research areas and questions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.