US and Canadian Lit 3

Seminar Syllabus and Requirements

Winter Semester 2019/20 (Quinn)
Fri 9.10am, Room 1

4.10: Introduction
11.10: Flannery O’Connor: “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
18.10: Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
25.10 Elizabeth Bishop: “One Art,” “Filling Station,” “Squatter’s Children,” “Pink Dog,” “The Shampoo,” “Sonnet,” “First Death in Nova Scotia,” “Roosters”
1.11: Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
8.11: John Ashbery, “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”
15.11: Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man (introduction, prologue and chapters 1–11)
22.11: Allen Ginsberg: “Howl”
29.11: Li-Young Lee: The Undressing: “A Hymn to Childhood,” “My Sweet Accompanist,” “Our Secret Share,” “Leaving" (the Lee texts are available here); and Dan Chiasson, rev. of The Undressing
6.12: Sylvia Plath, Ariel 13.12: Yiyun Li, “To Speak is to Blunder
20.12: Ha Jin, Waiting
10.1: TBA

To receive their credits, students must attend at least 70% of seminars and submit two essays, the first of 500 words by 3 November 2019, and the second of 800 words by 9 December 2019. All essays must be formatted according to the Essay Guidelines on the department website. If you have to re-write the essay, you have 7 days from the time of notification in which to do so. Please submit essays via email to me at in one of the following formats: DOC, DOCX, RTF or ODT, and label the file with your surname. Please be advised that essays are routinely checked against internet sources (including subscription databases) as well as previous essays; plagiarism will result in automatic failure of the course, and such cases may be referred for disciplinary action. Failure to adhere to guidelines above will result in failure of the course. For the first essay analyse a poem by Elizabeth Bishop. For the second essay, compare works by any two writers on the course.