This course is comparable to the second half of other first-year university English courses.
Course requirements include reading: novels, a novel excerpt, one-act and full-length plays, and
a wide range of poems. The six instructional units in this course cover a broad and exciting
range and depth of literature written in English by Canadian Indigenous writers, beginning in the
twentieth century. Students will develop an appreciation for both the significance of oral
storytelling to contemporary Aboriginal writers as well as the diverse contributions of these
writers to contemporary literature. Students will identify, analyze and discuss many literary
conventions related to fiction, drama and poetry. In addition, students will receive further
experience in composition and in writing critical essays, including a formal research paper.
- Describe and analyze, with literary terminology, the components and basic structures of
novels, plays, and poems, using specific examples from works studied in the course.
- Identify the influence of the oral tradition on contemporary Aboriginal writers.
- Respond to Native writing, with an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.
- Identify and discuss literary patterns in a novel, play, or poem.
- Identify and analyze the contribution to the work as a whole of important passages selected
from the plays and poems studied in this course.
- Write coherent and focused critical essays, including a formal research paper, on literary
texts and topics.
- Evaluate and compare different authorial treatments of particular themes and subjects in
works of different genres.
- Unit 1: Aboriginal Novels
- Unit 2: One-Act Plays and Oral Storytelling
- Unit 3: Major Full-Length, Multi-Cast Plays
- Unit 4: Introduction to Native Poetry
- Unit 5: Modern Poetry
- Unit 6: Monkey Beach and the Literary Research Paper
Required text and materials
The following materials are required for this course:
- Ruffo, A. G. & Vermette, K. (Eds.). (2020). An Anthology of Indigenous Literatures in
English: Voices from Canada. (5th ed.). Toronto, Oxford University Press Canada.
Textbook. ISBN-13: 9780199031719
- King, Thomas. Medicine River (Penguin Modern Classics Edition). Penguin Group
Type: Textbook. ISBN 9780143191148
- Robinson, Eden. Monkey Beach. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. Type: Textbook. ISBN
- Dennis, Darrell. Two Plays: Tales of an Urban Indian/The Trickster of Third Avenue
East. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2005.
Type: Textbook. ISBN 9780887547720
- Highway, Tomson. The Rez Sisters. Calgary: Fifth House Limited, 1988.
Textbook. ISBN 9780920079447
- Clements, Marie. The Unnatural and Accidental Women. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2005.
Type: Textbook. ISBN 9780889225213
Students will need to source the following on their own:
- Barnet, Sylvan. Reid, Gilbert. and William E. Cain. A Short Guide to Writing about
Literature. 2nd Cdn. ed. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, 2004.
Type: Textbook. ISBN
Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning. ENGL1031 USB - READINGS/POETRY 2e.
Note: The USB is included only in the print version of the course; in the web version,
the clips of the audio and video materials are provided online. 2009, REV. 2012.
Print, self-paced students will need access to a computer to view a USB included in the course
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1 - Essary on Medicine River
|Assignment 2 - Essay on Drama
|Assignment 3 - Essay on Modern Poetry
|Assignment 4 - Research Essay on Monkey Beach
|Final Examination (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.