The Cambridge history of Canadian literature /
edited by Coral Ann Howells and Eva-Marie Kröller.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
description
xlv, 753 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0521868769 (Cloth), 9780521868761 (Cloth)
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
isbn
0521868769 (Cloth)
9780521868761 (Cloth)
catalogue key
7006293
 
Gift to Victoria University Library (cop. 2). Duffy, Dennis. 2010/09/13.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-09-01:
Howells (emer., Univ. of Reading, UK) and Kroller (Univ. of British Columbia, Canada) have assembled 31 essays from leading scholars on topics ranging from Native societies and French colonization to multiculturalism and globalization. The book covers writing in both English and French, though the former predominates. Literary history inevitably becomes less reliable as it approaches the present, which receives disproportionate attention here, and this reviewer detected some gaps in coverage (for example, poetry in English before confederation and the literature of the 1930s). But most areas are well covered, and several of the essays are outstanding. As both the most comprehensive and the most recent treatment, this is the best Canadian literary history available. Its rivals are either dated (Literary History of Canada: Canadian Literature in English, ed. by Carl Klinck, CH, Sep'65; 2nd ed., vol. 1-3, 1976; vol. 4, 1990); less comprehensive (Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature, ed. by Kroller, 2004); or less cogently organized (History of Literature in Canada, English-Canadian and French-Canadian, ed. by Reingard Nischik, 2008). Handsome and meticulously edited, the book includes illustrations, helpful cross references, a 54-page bibliography organized by topic, and an exhaustive index. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. T. Ware Queen's University at Kingston
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"With the contributions of thirty-two specialists in Canadian studies from Canada and abroad, Howells and Kroller 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....To conclude, the editors of The Cambridge History 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, both in the near present and the remote past, but it also charts continuities in the ongoing transformations of the national literature. Finally it proceeds to a number of reassessments which testify to the vitality of critical debate in Canadian letters." --Canadian Literature
'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
'With the contributions of thirty-two specialists in Canadian studies from Canada and abroad, Howells and Krller 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 Omhovre, Paul Valry University, Montpellier III, France
'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
"The new Cambridge History of Canadian Literature is an impressive example of revisionism in literary history. It strokes 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." -Jutta Zimmerman, Buchbesprechungen>/i>
"The History [is] not only an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Canadian literature and culture, but also a joy to read." --Archiv fur das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen
'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 fr Anglistik und Amerikanistik
'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." --John Lennox, Canadian Woman Studies
"...the Cambridge History of Canadian Literature reflects a new confidence in the integrity of its subject...the volume they have produced is quite simply a delight." --Ged Martin, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Dec 2011
'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 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
"Several of the essays are outstanding. 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
'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
'… reflects a new confidence in the integrity of its subject … quite simply a delight …' The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
"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." --British Journal of Canadian Studies
"For those seeking introduction to Canadian literature, I thorough[ly] recommend this book tha[t] provides a complete history of Canadian writing in English and French from the beginnings....The bibliography and index are excellent. The quality of the contributions is superb and the essays are well written." --The Historical Association
'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
"Cambridge University Press could not have chosen better editors for its new History of Canadian Literature than Coral Ann Howells and Eva-Marie Kroller. This Cambridge History is a monumental work. Anyone who wants more than the ordinary fare of CanLit 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 the aesthetic and thematic diversity of Canadian writing of the last five decades." -Konrad Gross, Anglistik
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Main Description
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.
Main Description
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, first published in 2009, 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.
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From Aboriginal writing to Margaret Atwood, this volume is the first multi-authored English-language history of Canadian writing in English and French. Paying special attention to works from the 1960s and after, it also includes a separate section discussing major genres in French, a detailed chronology, and an extensive bibliography.
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From Aboriginal writing to Margaret Atwood, this volume, first published in 2009, is a multi-authored English-language history of Canadian writing in English and French. Paying special attention to works from the 1960s and after, it also includes a separate section discussing major genres in French, a detailed chronology, and an extensive bibliography.
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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.
Table of Contents
Chronology
Introduction Coral
Old and New World, La Nouvelle-France, the Canadas, Dominion of Canada
Native societies and French colonization
Reports from La Nouvelle-France: the Jesuit Relations, Marie de l'Incarnation, and Elisabeth
Migrations, multiple allegiances and satirical traditions: from Frances Brooke to Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Writing in the Northwest: narratives, journals, letters, 1700-1870
Literature of settlement
History in English and French, 1832-98
The Post-Confederation Period
Post-Confederation poetry
Writing by Victorian naturalists
Post-Confederation short fiction
Bestselling authors, magazines and the international market
Textual and social experiment in women's genres
Canada and the great war
Models of Modernity, post-World War I
Staging personalities in modernism and realism
E. J. Pratt and the McGill poets
The forties and fifties: signs of cultural change Coral
The Centennial
Forms of non-fiction: Innis, McLuhan, Frye and Grant
Aesthetic Experiments, 1960 and After
Quartet: Atwood, Munro, Shields, Gallant
The short story
Canadian drama in English: performing communities
English-Canadian poetry
Poetry, drama and the postmodern novel
Comic art and bande dessin_e: from the funnies to graphic novels
'Ghost stories': fictions of history and myth
Indigenous writing: poetry and prose
Contemporary aboriginal theatre
Transcultural life-writing
Multiculturalism and globalisation
Writing in French
Poetry
Drama
Fiction
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