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Title: Canadian Literature and English Studies in the Canadian University
Author: Fee, Margery
Subject Keywords Education in Canada;history of Canadian literary studies;English studies in Canada;colonial literary studies;Matthew Arnold
Issue Date: 1993
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2009-08-04
Publisher Essays on Canadian Writing
Citation: Margery Fee. "Canadian Literature and English Studies in the Canadian University." Essays on Canadian Writing 48 (1993): 20-40.
Abstract: English Studies began in Canada in 1884 at Dalhousie University; Canadian literature was first taught at the post-secondary level in 1907 at the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph. Arnoldian humanism dominated the outlook of early professors of English in Canada. Their feeling that Canadian literature was not among "the best" explains why so few courses appeared in Canadian universities, despite nationalist pressure from students. About 5-10% of courses then were devoted to Canadian literature in the English curriculum and this (except in Quebec) remains the case today.
Affiliation: Arts, Faculty ofEnglish, Department of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/11661
Peer Review Status: Reviewed
Scholarly Level: Faculty

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