By Faye Hammill
A tremendous severe research of Canadian literature, putting across the world profitable anglophone Canadian authors within the context in their nationwide literary background. whereas the point of interest of the booklet is on twentieth-century and modern writing, it additionally charts the old improvement of Canadian literature and discusses very important eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors. The chapters concentrate on 4 crucial topics in Canadian tradition: Ethnicity, Race, Colonisation; Wildernesses, towns, areas; wish; and Histories and tales. each one bankruptcy combines case reviews of 5 key texts with a wide dialogue of innovations and techniques, together with postcolonial and postmodern examining recommendations and theories of house, position and wish. Authors selected for shut research comprise Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Munro, Leonard Cohen, Thomas King and Carol Shields. Features*The first severe advisor to Canadian literature in English*Authors chosen at the foundation in their acceptance on undergraduate courses*Combines historic and thematic ways to Canadian writing*Links shut studying of key texts with theoretical ways to Canadian literature (10/1/08)
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The first novel written in, and about, Canada is The History of Emily Montague (), the work of an Englishwoman, Frances Brooke, who spent five years in the town of Quebec during the period following the fall of New France to the British. Brooke uses the imported form of the novel of sentiment, but she was the first author to exploit the topicality, novelty and exoticism of New World subject matter for a British audience. Later novels by visiting British authors included John Galt’s Bogle Corbet; or, The Emigrants (), Frederick Marryat’s The Settlers in Canada () and R.
These various groups might not identify the ‘Canada’ which came into being in as their nation at all. Accordingly, E. D. Blodgett in Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada interprets Canadian literary histories as a set of texts that articulate the separate yet interrelated perspectives of five groups within the Canadian population: anglophones, francophones, First Nations, Inuit and immigrant ethnic communities. 5 Blodgett’s project is to read these histories as literary texts, outlining their ‘plots’ and value systems.
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Canadian Literature (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature) by Faye Hammill