Literature and Politics


Course Description

Writing about Henry James, T.S. Eliot commented that James had “a mind so fine that no idea could violate it.” However, despite Eliot’s and James’s prejudices, there are many literary works that do trade in ideas, especially ideas about politics. Can such works be political without ceasing to be literary? Does literature that allies itself with a particular position or cause thereby become propaganda? Is, on the other hand, all literature, even that of James, a reflection of the time in which it was created and thus of political import? Are there universal issues--such as human rights, the treatment of minorities, women, etc.--that literature can explore in a particularly compelling way?

In this course, we will examine these and other relevant questions as we explore the complex relation between literature and politics. We will read texts by Yeats, Auden, Orwell, Swift, and others, as well as novels by Atwood and Coetzee.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

**233 Ste-Claire Avenue, Pointe Claire, Quebec H9S 4E3**

First Session: Monday, September 16th 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Mondays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Claire English, Jennifer MacGregor

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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