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18th and 19th Century Poetry

1. Anonymous. “Traditional Songs”; “Traditional History of the Confederacy”* 1885, in Moses, Daniel David & Terry Goldie, eds. An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. 3rd ed.

2. Brant, Joseph. “Letter”; “Condolence Speech* c. 1784, in Moses, Daniel David & Terry Goldie, eds. An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. 3rd ed.

3. Carman, Bliss.* "The Eavesdropper" 1893; "Low Tide on Grand Pré", 1893

4. Crawford, Isabella Valancy. “Said the Canoe” 1884; “Malcolm’s Katie” 1884; “The Dark Stag” 1883

5. Goldsmith, Oliver. "The Rising Village" 1834

6. Johnson, E. Pauline.* "A Cry from an Indian Wife" 1895; "The Song My Paddle Sings" 1891-92; "His Majesty the West Wind" 1894

7. Lampman, Archibald. "The Railway Station" 1888; "Heat"* 1888; "The Frogs" 1888; "In November"* 1895; "The City of the End of Things"* 1895; "A Summer Evening" 1895; "Winter Evening" 1899; "To a Millionaire" 1900

8. Roberts, Charles G.D.. "The Tantramar Revisited"* 1886; "In an Old Barn" 1893; "The Flight of the Geese" 1893; "The Mowing" 1893; "The Sower"* 1886

9. Sangster, Charles. "The St. Lawrence and the Saguenay" 1856; "Sonnets Written in the Orillia Woods" 1860

10. Scott, Duncan Campbell. "At the Cedars" 1893; "The Onondaga Madonna"* 1898; "The Forsaken"* 1905; "The Height of Land" 1916; "Rapids at Night" 1905; "The Piper of Arll" 1926; "Labrie's Wife" [Prose] 1896

18th and 19th Century Prose

11. Brooke, Frances. The History of Emily Montague 1769

12. Duncan, S. J. The Imperialist 1904

13. Haliburton, Thomas Chandler. The Clockmaker, OR The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville, First Series 1836

14. Jameson, Anna. Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada 1838 OR Moodie, Susanna. Roughing It in the Bush 1852 OR Traill, C. P. The Backwoods of Canada 1836.

15. Mair, Charles. Tecumseh: A Drama 1886

16. de Mille, James. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder 1888

17. Petrone, Penny ed. Native Literature in Canada: From the Oral Tradition to the Present 1990

18. Richardson, John. Wacousta; OR, The Prophecy 1832

19. Roberts, Charles G.D.. The Kindred of the Wild 1902 OR Seton, E.T. Wild Animals I Have Known 1898

20. Warkentin, Germaine, ed. Canadian Exploration Literature: An Anthology, 1660-1860

Canadian Dramatic Literature

21. Brooks, Daniel, and Verdecchia, Guillermo. Noam Chomsky Lectures 1991
22. Carrier, Roch. La Guerre, Yes Sir! 1970
23. Campbell, Maria, and Griffiths, Linda. The Book of Jessica 1989
24. Clarke, George Elliott. Beatrice Chancy 1999
25. Curzon, Sarah Anne. Laura Secord 1887
26. Denison, Merrill. Brothers in Arms 1923
27. Gauvreau, Claude. The Charge of the Expormidable Moose 1956
28. Highway, Tomson. Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing 1989
29. MacDonald, Anne-Marie. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) 1988
30. Mair, Charles. Tecumseh 1886
31. Pollock, Sharon. Walsh 1973 OR Blood Relations 1980
32. Reaney, James. The Donnellys 1973
33. Ringwood, Gwen Pharis. Still Stands the House 1939
34. Ryga, George. The Ecstasy of Rita Joe 1967
35. Thompson, Judith. Palace of the End 2008
36. Tremblay, Michel. Les Belles-soeurs 1965
Other dramatic work recommended: Nolan, Yvette, ed. Beyond the Pale: Dramatic Writing from First Nations Writers and Writers of Colour 2004

Post-19th Century Fiction

37. Aquin, Hubert.* Prochaine episode 1965 (trans. Sheila Fischman, Next Episode 2001)
38. Armstrong, Jeannette.* Slash 1985
39. Atwood, Margaret.* Surfacing 1972; The Handmaid's Tale 1985 OR Oryx and Crake 2003 OR Alias Grace OR The Blind Assassin
40. Blais, Marie-Claire.* Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel 1965 (trans. Derek Coltman, A Season in the Life of Emmanuel 1992) OR Dans la foudre et la lumière 2001 (trans. Nigel Spencer, Thunder and Light 2004)
41. Brand, Dionne. In Another Place, Not Here 2000
42. Brossard, Nicole.* Le desert mauve 1987 (trans. Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood, Mauve Desert 2006)
43. Callaghan, Morley. Such Is My Beloved 1934 OR They Shall Inherit the Earth 1935 OR More Joy in Heaven 1937
44. Choy, Wayson. The Jade Peony 1995
45. Cohen, Leonard.* Beautiful Losers 1966
46. Davies, Robertson.* Fifth Business 1970 OR What's Bred in the Bone 1985
47. Engel, Marion. Bear 1976
48. Findley, Timothy. Not Wanted on the Voyage 1984 OR The Wars 1977
49. Gibson, William. Neuromancer 1984
50. Grove, Frederick Philip. Settlers of the Marsh 1925 OR Ostenso, Martha. Wild Geese 1925
51. King, Thomas. Green Grass, Running Water 1993
52. Kogawa, Joy. Obasan 1981
53. Kroetsch, Robert. The Studhorse Man 1969 OR What the Crow Said 1978
54. Laurence, Margaret.* The Diviners 1974 OR The Stone Angel 1964
55. Leacock, Stephen. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town 1912
56. Lee, Sky. Disappearing Moon Café 1990
57. Marlatt, Daphne. Ana Historic 1986
58. MacLeod, Alistair. No Great Mischief 1999 OR Johnston, Wayne. Colony of Unrequited Dreams 1999 OR Richards, David Adams. Blood Ties 1976
59. Michaels, Anne. Fugitive Pieces 1996
60. Mitchell, W.O. Who Has Seen the Wind? 1947
61. Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables* 1908
62. Munro, Alice. * Lives of Girls and Women 1971
63. Ondaatje, Michael. Coming Through Slaughter 1976 OR In the Skin of a Lion 1987 OR The English Patient 1992
64. Richler, Mordecai. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1959 OR St. Urbain's Horseman 1971
65. Robinson, Eden. Monkey Beach 2000
66. Ross, Sinclair. As For Me and My House 1941
67. Vonarburg, Élisabeth. Chroniques du pays des Mères 1992 (trans. Jane Brierley, In the Mothers' Land 1992) OR Slow Engines of Time  2003 OR In the Mothers’ Land 1992
68. Watson, Sheila.* The Double Hook 1959
69. Wiebe, Rudy. The Scorched-Wood People 1977, OR The Temptations of Big Bear 1995 OR A Discovery of Strangers 1995 OR Stenson, Fred. The Trade 2000 OR The Great Karoo 2008
70. Wilson, Ethel. Swamp Angel 1954 OR Graham, Gwethalyn. Earth and High Heaven 1944

Post-19th Century Nonfiction

71. Borduas, Paul-Émile. Refus global (trans. Ray Ellenwood, Global Refusal 1985)
72. Bowling, Tim. The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture 2007
73. Campbell, Maria. Halfbreed 1973
74. Carr, Emily. Klee Wyck 1941
75. Ferguson, Will. Why I Hate Canadians 1997
76. Maracle, Lee. I Am Woman 1996
77. Macmillan, Margaret. Paris, 1919 or the Uses and Abuses of History 2008

Post-19th Century Poetry

78. Atwood, Margaret.* "Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer" 1968; The Journals of Susanna Moodie 1970 OR Power Politics 1971
79. Baker, Marie Annharte: “Coyote Trail”; “One Way to Keep Track of Who Is Talking”; “Exercises in Lip Painting”; “How to Write About White People” 2009
80. Birney, Earle. "David"* 1940; "Anglosaxon Street 1942; "Bushed" 1952; "Can. Lit." 1966; “The Bear on the Delhi Road” 1959
81. Bowering, George. Baseball 1967; Elegies I-V from The Kerrisdale Elegies 1984
82. Brand, Dionne. No Language Is Neutral 1990.
83. Brossard, Nicole. “Introduction by Barbara Godard”; “The Vision: Vertigo, Spiral, Sleep, Excess” in Amantes, Quinze (Montreal), 1980 (trans. Barbara Godard, Lovhers, 1986)
84. Carson, Anne. "Tangos I-VIII" from The Beauty of the Husband 2001
85. Cohen, Leonard. "Prayer for Messiah" 1956; "A Kite Is a Victim" 1961; "I Have Not Lingered in European Monasteries" 1961; "The Genius" 1964; "Suzanne" 1967; "Famous Blue Raincoat" 1971; "Death of a Lady's Man" 1977; "Everybody Knows" 1988
86. Derksen, Jeff. "But Could I Make a Living from It" 2003
87. Dewdney, Christopher. Part 1 "Spring Trances" of The Natural History 2002
88. Klein, A. M. "Heirloom" 1940; "The Rocking Chair"* 1948; "Portrait of the Poet as Landscape" 1948
89. Kroetsch, Robert. Seed Catalogue* 1986; The Hornbooks of Rita K 2001
90. Layton, Irving. "The Birth of Tragedy"* 1954; "Butterfly on Rock"* 1963
91. Livesay, Dorothy. "Day and Night"* 1944; "Bartok and the Geranium" 1955; “Unquiet Bed” 1967; "Call My People Home" 1968
92. McKay, Don. “Astonished”; “Petrified”; “Look at Me, World” in Strike/Slip 2006
93. Mouré, Erin. "Pillage 1-4" from Pillage Laud 1999 OR Sheep’s Vigil 2001 OR O Cidadán 2002
94. Nichol, bp. Chain 1 from Book 5 of The Martyrology 1982 OR McCaffery, Steve. "Theory of Sediment" 1991; "Teachable Texts" 1996
95. Ondaatje, Michael.* The Collected Works of Billy the Kid 1970
96. Philip, NourbeSe. “Zong #5, 6, 7” from Zong 2008; “Discourse on the logic of language” in She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks 1988
97. Pratt, E. J. Towards the Last Spike* 1952
98. Purdy, Al. "The Cariboo Horses"* 1965; "Transient" 1965; "Lament for the Dorsets" 1968; “Say the Names Say the Names” 2000
99. Robertson, Lisa. "Wednesday" from The Weather 2001; "Rubus Armeniacus " from Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture 2003
100. Scofield, Gregory: “Women Who Forgot the Taste of Limes”; “Invocation for the Bones in My Back”; “The Dancer (Club Mix)” from Singing Home the Bones 2005
101. Scott, F.R. "Saturday Sundae" 1944; "The Canadian Authors Meet"* 1927; "Overture"* 1934; "Laurentian Shield" 1945; "All the Spikes But the Last"* 1954
102. Sky Dancer (Louise Bernice Halfe): “Pahkahkos”; “She Told Me”; “Body Politics”; “The Heat of My Grandmothers” 1996
103. Smith, A.J.M. "The Lonely Land"* 1936; "The Plot against Proteus" 1943; "The Wisdom of Old Jelly Roll" 1962
104. Van Camp, Richard. “the uranium leaking form port radium and rayrock mines is killing us”; “My Fifth Step” 1996
105. Wah, Fred. Diamond Grill 1996 OR The Music at the Heart of Thinking 1987
106. Webb, Phyllis. Naked Poems 1965

Criticism

107. Atwood, Margaret. Survival* 1972

108. Brown, E.K. On Canadian Poetry 1944

109. Clarke, George Elliot. Odysseys home: mapping African-Canadian literature 2002

110. Daymond, Douglas & Leslie Monkman, eds. Towards a Canadian Literature: Essays, Editorials, and Manifestoes 1985

111. Davey, Frank. Canadian Literary Power 1994 OR Surviving Paraphrase 1983

112. Dudek, Eli and Michael Gnarowski. The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada* 1967

113. Frye, Northrop. The Bush Garden* 1971

114. Godard, Barbara. Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture 2008

115. Heble, Ajay, et. al. New Contexts of Canadian Criticism 1997 OR Mandel, Eli, ed. Contexts of Canadian Criticism 1971

 

116. Hunter, Lynette. Outsider Notes: Feminist Approaches to Nation State Ideology, Writers/Readers & Publishing 1996

117. Hutcheon, Linda. The Canadian Postmodern 1988 OR Splitting Images 1991

118. Jones, D.G. Butterfly on Rock: A Study of Themes and Images in Canadian Literature 1970

119. Kamboureli, Smaro. Scandalous bodies: diasporic literature in English Canada 2000

120. Kroetsch, Robert. The Lovely Treachery of Words 1989

121. McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man 1964

122. Neuman, Shirley & Smaro Kamboureli, eds. Amazing Space: Writing Canadian Women Writing 1987 OR Schier, Libby. Language in Her Eye 1990

123. New, W.H. Landsliding: Imagining, Space, Presence and Power in Canadian Writing 1997

124. Pacey, Desmond. Creative Writing in Canada 1952 OR Smith, A.J.M. On Poetry and Poets 1977

125. Ruffo, Armand Garnet, ed. (Ad)dressing Our Words: Aboriginal Perspectives on Aboriginal Literatures 2001

Other Critical works recommended:

Harrison, Dick. Unnamed country: the struggle for a Canadian prairie fiction 1977
King, Thomas. The Truth About Stories 2003