20th Century Canadian Women Writers

Diane C. Thompson

Fridays, April 20 - May 18 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 5 sessions
Prescott House, 55 Beacon Street

British, American, and Canadian women writers have been a part of the literary landscape since the 17th century. Many of us could probably name British and American women writers without too much effort, such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, Dorothy Parker, Agatha Christie, and Toni Morrison. We read them in school or for pleasure. Their novels are turned into movies or plays and they become a part of popular culture. Yet how many Canadian women writers could we name? How many do we read in literature courses? Maybe one: Margaret Atwood. She is probably the most well-known; yet there are others.

In this course we will travel across the Canadian border and spend time with Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Louise Penny, and Margaret Atwood. We will journey to Canada in 1843 in Atwood’s Alias Grace, visit more contemporary women in Munro’s short story collection The Moons of Jupiter and Shields’ novel Unless, and solve crime with Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in Still Life.

Teaching Style: Seminar     Weekly Preparation: 3-4 hours

    Diane C. Thompson

    Diane C. Thompson has an MA in African American studies, an MFA in creative writing, and an MLS in library science. She was a writing instructor at Boston College for 13 years.