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Graduating students in Ontario should onlystudy Canadian literature inGrade 12 While good writers exist in all cultures Ontario students should only study Canadian writers becausewe need to become more familiar withour past Canadian writersThree reasons for this arethe need to focus on our own Canadian culture despite being surrounded by other cultures the need to promote and establish our own writers and the need to encourage younger Canadian authorsStudents in Ontario taking English should only study Canadian literature because we are completely swamped by the American culture around us This is a Canadian tradition because we have always been a branch plant of another country starting with England and France meaning that our own culture has never had the chance to develop since we have always been under the thumb of a more powerful foreign culture For years a student in Ontario would study Shakespeare and other British writerstoday they may also study American authors such as Fitzgeraldand Hemingway howeverschoolstend tolimit astudentsexposure to the Canadian novelsIn this sense Canada is an attic in which we have stored American and British literature without considering our own no wonder a Canadian student has problems appreciating there cultureOften what Canadian literature is studied is very old This includes works such asMordecaisApprenticeship ofDuddyKravitzorLawrencesStone AngelFifth Business which was published in 1970 over 35 years ago is still on many courses of study in Gr 12 classrooms AtwoodsHandmadesTale the most recent of these books was published in 1985 over ten years ago Again while most teachers allow and may even encourage a student to focus on more modern Canadian books for theirISPhis classroom experience is usually limited to studying these golden oldiesThen there is the issue of these authors being primarily white English Canadian and not reflective of our modern multicultural society As Robertson Davies stated Canadais not going to have a national literature in the mode of those European lands where a long history has bound the people
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