“Where First I Read of You”: Canadian Women’s Poetry


Course Description

As we continue our ongoing series on women’s poetry, we turn in this course to the voices of Canadian writers. Following on from our first two instalments, we continue to ask what might be at stake in the descriptor “women” when added to the genre “poetry”: How or why do we speak of “women’s” poetry at all? Does some elusive thread tie together the diversity of women’s experience and creative work? Or, is it all just an illusion? By placing our question in the Canadian context, we will inquire about how women’s poetry speaks from particular historical and cultural locations. In what ways do Canadian women’s poetic writings respond to issues of Indigenous-colonial encounter, gender and sexuality, identity, immigration, and the meaning of home? Do we discover in these works some set of features for what we are here calling “Canadian,” or does this notion too slip through our fingers? We will also consider how wider issues of gender and representation within artistic fields relate to the choice to identify a work as being by a woman. Similarly, we will ask, what work does claiming a national literature do? Readings will include works by E. Pauline Johnson, Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwan, Dionne Brand, and others. 

Open to participants of all genders. Previous courses in the series are not prerequisites.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • TBA

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

NEW PAYMENT POLICY: Participants must pay the course fees in order to be considered registered for the course. 

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.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Zoom

First Session: Wednesday 18 January 2023

Course Length: 6 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Imogen Brian, Claire English

Degree Credit: 1.5 credits

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)

$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)

$105.00 (promotion for new students)


NEW REFUND POLICY FOR 6-WEEK COURSES: Course fees are refundable in full before the first session. After the first session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the second session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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