MSSU Canada Semester

Canada Reading Events

Events:

Readings in Native Canadian Literature

 Readings in Native Canadian Literature9:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
Room 413 in Spiva Library
Admission: free

The rich literary tradition of native or Aboriginal writers in Canada will be suggested through readings from works crafted by descendants of these very early Canadians. The native writers, whose literary efforts draw strength from their natural environment and often reflect the political events and other crucial issues affecting Indian life, have increasingly received recognition in recent years, a period of energetic literary activity. The readings in native literature by faculty members from the MSSU English department will provide a glimpse into the diverse fabric of Indian culture with its many tribes and their poems and stories.

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Readings in National Canadian Literature

Canada Flag11:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Room 413 in Spiva Library
Admission: free

The term “national” is used here to identify literature that could be encompassed by the general label of “Canadian” as opposed to the distinct areas of native or francophone literature. This body of literature is shaped in part by the English colonial experience and contemporary ties with Britain, along with Canada’s relationships with its very large and powerful North American neighbor to the south. Readings by faculty members from the MSSU English department will touch on a variety of intriguing texts that touch on compelling aspects of the nation and its people.

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Readings in Francophone Canadian Literature

10:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
Room 413 in Spiva Library
Admission: free

France was the first colonizing power in Canada, and the early influence of that culture has threaded through the literary work of French Canadian writers ever since. As a bilingual nation, Canada has a strong heritage of literature written in French, reflecting distinctive French Canadian sensibilities and often grappling with the problem of how to forge and preserve a sense of identity within the larger, national culture. Readings (in English) by faculty from the MSSU English department will tap into the fascinating literary offerings of French Canada and the concerns of this varied and vibrant cultural force.

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