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HIST 1126: Forging a Nation - Canada since 1867 (Borys)

Critical Book Review: Assignment Overview

You are asked to write a critical book review on one of the following works of historical fiction:

Write a 1300-1500 word historical essay based on two topics from Canadian history that are evident in your chosen novel.

Themes/topics may include (but are not restricted to) the following:

  • Gender
  • Class
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Important
  • The environment and nature
  • Clothing
  • Labour
  • Migration
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Warfare

This is not your opinion about whether or not the book is a good piece of fiction, but rather whether it presents history in an accurate or inaccurate way. Your argument can even be that it does both!

This is also not a literary critique of your novel, but is an essay about Canadian history.

Your review should include at least one primary source and two secondary sources.

  • Primary sources are documents or other works created at the time of the event, often by someone who was present. Examples: diaries, speeches, letters, interviews, newspaper articles etc. 
  • Secondary sources are academic works that provide critical interpretation of historical events. Examples: Academic journal articles and academic books.

Cite your sources according to Chicago style.

Explore the pages of this guide for more details.