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Migrant Voices in the Polish Classroom: Canadian Literature on the Tertiary Level of Education

Dagmara Drewniak

Abstract

This paper explores the possibilities of introducing contemporary Canadian texts into a Polish university classroom. It contextualizes teaching English language literature in Poland as well as seeks options for promoting values such as openness and tolerance while facilitating global reading and raising students’ awareness on global conflicts and their meaning in the contemporaneous world. The paper aims at demonstrating that Canadian literature courses composed of texts concerned with immigration and multiculturalism turn out to have an enormous potential in creating valuable debates on the problem of embracing otherness, seeking bridges in mutual understanding, and promoting openness towards different identities. On the basis of close readings of three texts, M. Ondaatje’s The English Patient, A.J. Borkowski’s Copernicus Avenue, and E. Stachniak’s Necessary Lies, the present article also demonstrates how Canadian literature enriches and rescales students’ perception of cultural heterogeneity and responsibility of reading, thus offering new perspectives on the rapidly changing world.


Corresponding author: Prof. Dr. Dagmara Drewniak, Center for Canadian Literature, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Collegium Heliodori, ul. Grunwaldzka 6, 60-780 Poznań, Poland

Funding source: Narodowe Centrum Nauki

Award Identifier / Grant number: UMO–2017/27/B/HS2/00111

Funding statement: This research was supported by the Polish National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) under Grant UMO–2017/27/B/HS2/00111.

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