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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence



Narrative, Place and Identity in North America

This course examines the foundational fictions of Canadian, American and Mexican culture through a study of narrative, place and popular culture. Key themes will include tensions between ethnic, regional, and religious identities, urban and rural spaces, the relationship to land and place, and the encounter of European and First Nations peoples and world views. It considers the extent to which these historically parallel traditions converge to create a North American “New World” imaginary space.

NO202 is open to all Laurier students in 2nd year and above. The course is required for students pursuing a joint-major honours program in North American Studies (in both the Canadian Studies and American Studies streams).

In 2012/13, the course is offered in the winter term. There will be one weekly lecture.

Course Overview

NO202, a core 2nd year course in the North American Studies program, is designed to foster critical thinking about what constitutes North American culture. The course will make use of reoccurring archetypal figures (i.e. “The Settler”, “The Outlaw”, “The Indigène” and “The City Dweller”) -- and the stories that they tell us in literature, film and music -- to explore the different national narratives that characterize the North American continent. Students will be encouraged to develop a comparative framework of analysis and to relate the course content to everyday practices of North American cultural representation as they unfold in the media and on campus.


Course Syllabus:

The current course syllabus, as well as course syllabi from previous years, are posted as they are available on the Course Outlines page of the program website.