This lecture course attempts to capture the rich cultural diversity of U.S. American and Canadian writings since the 20th century, showing in which ways diversity is related to social transformation. Reading a variety of genres, we will examine writings that recognize diverse experiences, including LGBTQIA, Indigenous, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities. We will place the discussion of literary texts in specific historical and cultural contexts through units that focus on the experiences of North America’s different groups. Our readings will also explore cultural difference in contemporary Canadian literature.
There will be a course reader, which will be made available on Teams.