BAAn Overview of Canadian Literature

Credit points: 2
Contact hours: 30
Type: Lectures

Main Instructor

Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor


Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:


  • The ability to recognize and discuss the most important genres and Canadian authors.
  • Being familiar with the development of the various critical approaches to Canadian Anglophone literature.
  • Knowing the basic facts from Canadian history and culture of the Anglophone and Francophone area.
  • The ability to reflect the various interpretive starting-points  depending on the environment and the contextualization of literary works in the socio-political context.

Course Content:

  • To become acquainted with the colonial period of Canadian history and its literature.
  • Thematic, genre and partly chronological treatment of 20th century literature with emphasis on the different critical evaluations and approaches.
  • The analysis and interpretation of individual selected literary works, including the multicultural/multiethnic and native Canadian oral/literary tradition.
  • Discussion of the most important literary authors from the Slovene Canadian community in Canada and the discussion of the diasporic literature in Canada.

Course Literature:

  • Atwood, Margaret. Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995. Str. 160.
  • New, W. H. A History of Canadian Literature. London: Macmillan, 1989. Str.380.
  • Jurak, Mirko in Maver, Igor (ur.). Essays on Australian and Canadian Literature. Ljubljana: ZIFF, 2000. Izbrana poglavja, str.: 121-136, 143-154, 181-192, 235-237.


  • exam.

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.