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The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature


Coral Ann Howells, Eva-Marie Kröller, Barbara Belyea, E. D. Blodgett, Marta Dvořák, Bruce Greenfield, Carole Gerson, D. M. R. Bentley, Christoph Irmscher, Gerald Lynch, Michael Peterman, Janice Fiamengo, Susan Fisher, Irene Gammel, Adrian Fowler, David Staines, Robert Thacker, W. H. New, Anne Nothof, Kevin McNeilly, Ian Rae, Jean-Paul Gabilliet, Teresa Gibert, Lally Grauer, Armand Ruffo, Helen Gilbert, Alfred Hornung, Neil ten Kortenaar, Robert Yergeau, Jane Moss, Réjean Beaudoin, André Lamontagne
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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107646193

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  • From Aboriginal writing to Margaret Atwood, this is a complete English-language history of Canadian writing in English and French from its beginnings. The multi-authored volume pays special attention to works from the 1960s and after, to multicultural and indigenous writing, popular literature, and the interaction of anglophone and francophone cultures throughout Canadian history. Established genres such as fiction, drama and poetry are discussed alongside forms of writing which have traditionally received less attention, such as the essay, nature-writing, life-writing, journalism, and comics, and also writing in which the conventional separation between genres has broken down, such as the poetic novel. Written by an international team of distinguished scholars, the volume includes a separate, substantial section discussing major genres in French, as well as a detailed chronology of historical and literary/cultural events, and an extensive bibliography covering criticism in English and French.

    • Covers the full range of Canadian literary writing in English and French, and provides a special focus on writing after 1960 which has significantly changed Canadian literary history
    • Includes a separate section featuring titles on poetry, drama, and fiction in French, providing translations to allow the anglophone reader to appreciate the distinctiveness of writing in French
    • A detailed chronology and extensive bibliography provide exceptional research tools
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Remarkably for a reference work, it is immensely enjoyable. Many of the chapters, whilst scholarly and detailed, also tell a good story … In sum, this book provides an immensely valuable compass for researchers, orienting them in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing literary field.' Faye Hammill, University of Strathclyde

    'As both the most comprehensive and the most recent treatment, this is the best Canadian literary history available … Handsome and meticulously edited, the book includes illustrations, helpful cross references, a 54-page bibliography organized by topic, and an exhaustive index.' Choice Magazine

    'With the contributions of thirty-two specialists in Canadian studies from Canada and abroad, Howells and Kröller have produced a dense and compact study that will allow readers to take good measure of the cultural factors at work in the development of Canadian writing in English as well as in French, and its evolution from the early days of contact to the present. A detailed chronology of historical and cultural events, a bibliography of selected critical works, and a capacious index complete the volume's scholarly apparatus … the editors … have been successful in the goals they set themselves, namely complicating reductive readings of Canada's two linguistic traditions and allowing space for formerly marginalized voices or suppressed histories. The volume maps out fascinating literary ground …' Claire Omhovère, Paul Valéry University, Montpellier III, France

    'The bibliography and index are excellent. The quality of the contributions is superb and the essays are well written. The volume provides the best introduction to a neglected literature.' The Historical Association

    'This Cambridge History is a monumental work. Anyone who wants more than the ordinary fare of Can Lit will hail this volume for the breadth of its material, often fresh insights, inclusion of neglected writers, the screening of texts against a broader cultural horizon, and the competent presentation of aesthetic and thematic diversity of Canadian writing of the last five decades … a must for the expert …' Konrad Gross, Anglistik

    '… reflects a new confidence in the integrity of its subject … quite simply a delight …' The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs

    'The History [is] not only an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Canadian literature and culture, but also a joy to read.' Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen

    'The chronology at the beginning is useful for Canadian and non-Canadian readers alike. All the contributors draw from deep wells of scholarship and knowledge … The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature confirms and broadens the discussion. It's a discussion that renews itself with time and this volume is a worthy contribution to the dialogue.' John Lennox, Canadian Woman Studies

    'The new Cambridge History of Canadian Literature is an impressive example of revisionism in literary history. It strikes a balance between revising the canon by including texts so far overlooked, rereading and reconfiguring canonical texts, and assessing the literary development of recent decades.' Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107646193
    • length: 802 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.16kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Coral Ann Howells and Eva-Marie Kröller
    Part I. Old and New World, La Nouvelle-France, the Canadas, Dominion of Canada:
    1. Native societies and French colonization Barbara Belyea
    2. Reports from La Nouvelle-France: the Jesuit Relations, Marie de l'Incarnation, and Elisabeth Bégon E. D. Blodgett
    3. Migrations, multiple allegiances and satirical traditions: from Frances Brooke to Thomas Chandler Haliburton Marta Dvořák
    4. Writing in the Northwest: narratives, journals, letters, 1700–1870 Bruce Greenfield
    5. Literature of settlement Carole Gerson
    6. History in English and French, 1832–98 E. D. Blodgett
    Part II. The Post-Confederation Period:
    7. Post-Confederation poetry D. M. R. Bentley
    8. Writing by Victorian naturalists Christoph Irmscher
    9. Short fiction Gerald Lynch
    10. Bestselling authors, magazines and the international market Michael Peterman
    11. Textual and social experiment in women's genres Janice Fiamengo
    12. Canada and the Great War Susan Fisher
    Part III. Models of Modernity, post-World War I:
    13. Staging personalities in modernism and realism Irene Gammel
    14. E. J. Pratt and the McGill poets Adrian Fowler
    15. The forties and fifties: signs of cultural change Coral Ann Howells
    16. The Centennial Eva-Marie Kröller
    17. Forms of non-fiction: Innis, McLuhan, Frye and Grant David Staines
    Part IV. Aesthetic Experiments, 1960 and After:
    18. Quartet: Atwood, Gallant, Munro, Shields Robert Thacker
    19. The short story W. H. New
    20. Canadian drama: performing communities Anne Nothof
    21. Poetry Kevin McNeilly
    22. Poetry, drama and the postmodern novel Ian Rae
    23. Comic art and bande dessinée: from the funnies to graphic novels Jean-Paul Gabilliet
    24. 'Ghost stories': fictions of history and myth Teresa Gibert
    25. Indigenous writing: poetry and prose Lally Grauer and Armand Ruffo
    26. Contemporary aboriginal theater Helen Gilbert
    27. Transcultural life-writing Alfred Hornung
    28. Multiculturalism and globalization Neil ten Kortenaar
    Part V. Writing in French:
    29. Poetry Robert Yergeau
    30. Drama Jane Moss
    31. Fiction Réjean Beaudoin and André Lamontagne.

  • Editors

    Coral Ann Howells, University of Reading; University of London
    Coral Ann Howells is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Reading, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

    Eva-Marie Kröller, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Eva-Marie Kröller is Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and served as editor-in-chief of Canadian Literature from 1995 to 2003.


    Coral Ann Howells, Eva-Marie Kröller, Barbara Belyea, E. D. Blodgett, Marta Dvořák, Bruce Greenfield, Carole Gerson, D. M. R. Bentley, Christoph Irmscher, Gerald Lynch, Michael Peterman, Janice Fiamengo, Susan Fisher, Irene Gammel, Adrian Fowler, David Staines, Robert Thacker, W. H. New, Anne Nothof, Kevin McNeilly, Ian Rae, Jean-Paul Gabilliet, Teresa Gibert, Lally Grauer, Armand Ruffo, Helen Gilbert, Alfred Hornung, Neil ten Kortenaar, Robert Yergeau, Jane Moss, Réjean Beaudoin, André Lamontagne

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