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Writing unemployment : worklessness, mobility, and citizenship in twentieth-century Canadian literatures /
Jody Mason.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2013.
description
viii, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9781442644335
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2013.
isbn
9781442644335
contents note
Introduction -- Towards A Politics of Mobility: Vagabonds, Hobos, and Pioneers -- The Politics of Unemployment in Leftist Periodical Cultures, 1930–1939 -- Novel Protest in the 1930s -- The Postwar Compact and the National Bildungsroman -- New Left Culture and the New Unemployment -- Conclusion: Unemployment in Neoliberal Canada.
abstract
"This landmark study explores the cultural and literary history of unemployment in Canada from the 1920s to the 1970s, which were crucial decades in the formation of our current conception of Canada as a nation. Writing Unemployment asks how writers with diverse political affiliations participated in and protested against the discursive framing of unemployment. It argues that Depression-era conceptions of unemployment shaped later twentieth-century understandings of both worklessness and citizenship. By examining novels, short stories, poetry, manifestos, and agitprop, Jody Mason situates the literary history of the cultural left in a broader context, challenges the dominant literary-historical narrative of the pioneer settler, and contributes to new scholarship on Canada’s modern period. By bridging close textual readings with book and publishing history, economic and sociological analysis, and original archival research, Writing Unemployment offers new ideas on work by many of Canada’s most important writers."--Publisher's website.
catalogue key
8824417
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-251) and index.
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'Writing Unemployment offers its readers diverse points of entry into reading the literatures of labour. Its rigorous scholarship and theoretical acuity are evident everywhere. Jody Mason crosses disciplinary boundaries to great effect and, in doing so, challenges ways in which scholars have so far assessed leftist Canadian literature. This study is especially remarkable for its deft incorporation of a vast array of government, political, and economic documents and its highly original and engaging insistence on critical attention to the means and modes of aesthetic production.'
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This landmark study explores the cultural and literary history of unemployment in Canada from the 1920s to the 1970s, which were crucial decades in the formation of our current conception of Canada as a nation. Writing Unemploymentasks how writers with diverse political affiliations participated in and protested against the discursive framing of unemployment. It argues that Depression-era conceptions of unemployment shaped later twentieth-century understandings of both worklessness and citizenship. By examining novels, short stories, poetry, manifestos, and agitprop, Jody Mason situates the literary history of the cultural left in a broader context, challenges the dominant literary-historical narrative of the pioneer settler, and contributes to new scholarship on Canada's modern period. By bridging close textual readings with book and publishing history, economic and sociological analysis, and original archival research, Writing Unemploymentoffers new ideas on work by many of Canada's most important writers.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Towards a Politics of Mobility: Vagabonds, Hobos, and Pioneersp. 16
The Politics of Unemployment in Leftist Periodical Cultures, 1930-1939p. 45
Novel Protest in the 1930sp. 94
The Postwar Compact and the National Bildungsromanp. 130
New Left Culture and the New Unemploymentp. 159
Conclusion: Unemployment in Neoliberal Canadap. 197
Notesp. 205
Works Citedp. 233
Indexp. 253
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