According to Reingard M. Nischik, the short story has become the “flagship genre of Canadian literature,” and women writers play a prominent role in the genre tradition. In order to understand the particular appeal of the genre for Canadian (women) writers, we will explore general aspects of the short story genre and the history of Canadian short fiction before turning to a variety of texts by authors such as E. Pauline Johnson, Eden Robinson, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, and Margaret Atwood. Emphasis will also be put on the Canadian short story cycle. Most texts will be made available on Moodle.
Course requirements: attendance, active participation, completion of reading and writing assignments, short oral presentation, and a term paper.