Canadian Literature (Edinburgh Critical Guides to by Faye Hammill

By Faye Hammill

A big serious research of Canadian literature, putting across the world winning anglophone Canadian authors within the context in their nationwide literary heritage. whereas the point of interest of the e-book is on twentieth-century and modern writing, it additionally charts the historic improvement of Canadian literature and discusses very important eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors. The chapters specialise in 4 valuable topics in Canadian tradition: Ethnicity, Race, Colonisation; Wildernesses, towns, areas; hope; and Histories and tales. each one bankruptcy combines case stories of 5 key texts with a large dialogue of techniques and techniques, together with postcolonial and postmodern examining techniques and theories of house, position and wish. Authors selected for shut research contain Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Munro, Leonard Cohen, Thomas King and Carol Shields. Features*The first serious consultant to Canadian literature in English*Authors chosen at the foundation in their acceptance on undergraduate courses*Combines old and thematic ways to Canadian writing*Links shut analyzing of key texts with theoretical techniques to Canadian literature (10/1/08)

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J. Pratt demonstrate. And French and English are not, of course, the only languages of Canada. In terms of official languages (those with privileged legal status), Canada comprises one francophone province (Quebec), one bilingual (New Brunswick) and eight anglophone (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan), together with three territories. In political terms, territories have more limited rights and competences than provinces.

The main body of the book comprises four themed chapters, each containing a general introduction to the topic followed by concise close readings of five key texts. The first chapter, ‘Ethnicity, Race, Colonisation’, concentrates on representations of Native Canadians, migrant identities and hybridity, and explores colonial and modern literary inscriptions of the encounter between White and Indigenous peoples. Authors considered as case studies are Frances Brooke, Pauline Johnson, Michael Ondaatje, Thomas King and Tomson Highway.

Therefore, Chapter  explores postcolonial reading strategies, Chapter  discusses theories of space and place, Chapter  includes an introduction to the theorisation of desire, and the final chapter considers postmodern perspectives on the relationship between literature and history. Detail about specific literary and historical contexts is also provided where appropriate, to assist students in producing nuanced and historically aware readings of their own. Although some of the books I have chosen for close reading fit naturally with one of the four topics, many of them could equally well have been placed in a different section.

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