plakat dkk2016 (1)-page-001Department of American and Canadian Studies and Canadian Studies Centre invites all interested students and faculty to participate in the Day of Canadian Culture 2016 (May 12th). The schedule of lectures, presentations and a workshop devoted to the analysis of Canadian literature, entitled “Critical and Creative Analysis of Canadian Literature, can be found in the attachment. Our keynote speaker and workshop leader this year is dr. Tegan Zimmerman, professor of Women’s Studies and English at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia.

The event will give us a chance to meet dr. Zimmerman who in the Fall semester 2016-2017 will be a teaching at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures three Special Topics courses (The Woman’s Historical Novel in Canada (1980 to the Present); The History and Politics of Women’s Studies and Feminism in Canada; Canadian Drama: 1960s to the Present); she will be also involved in other activities of our Canadian Studies Centre in the form of two creative writing and research projects (notably “the feminist intervention in Canadian popular culture by producing popular culture”). The Day of Canadian Culture program and selected texts from Margaret Atwood’s The Journals of Susanna Moodie to be analyzed during the workshop can be found in the attachments. Students interested in the workshop are requested to contact prof. Eugenia Sojka ( ).

Tegan ZimmTegan_Zimmerman_photoerman photoTegan Zimmerman (PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta) is currently a College Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia. In the spring 2016, she will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of London in the Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing and the Institute for Caribbean Research. During this time she will be completing research for her book Matria Redux: Caribbean Women’s Historical Fiction forthcoming from Northwestern UP. Zimmerman is also the Canadian Liaison for the Comparative Gender Studies Committee (a committee of the International Comparative Literature Association).

Workshop: Critical and Creative Analysis of Canadian Literature:

This critical and creative writing workshop will allow students to

a) respond to their piece with a short critical analysis (e.g., postmodern, gothic, feminist, eco-criticism, etc.) followed by
b) a creative response to the piece (the creative response might entail writing fan fiction, a mashup, or take the direction of artwork/media in conjunction with text.
The purpose of the workshop is to produce original analyses in a scholarly and inventive manner and to foster an appreciation of the subject matter by focusing on the importance of place, wilderness, history, and memory in relation to this seminal work in Canadian literature.

Students are asked to select a poem from Margaret Atwood’s The Journals of Susanna Moodie and bring it to the workshop. You are not expected to be familiar with details of the critical analysis suggested in the description of the workshop above.


Day of Canadian Culture 2016 – Schedule

Texts to read for the workshop

Day of Canadian Culture 2016 – Poster