Canadian Literature (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature) (Hardcover)

Canadian Literature (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature) Cover Image
Email or call for price.


An important critical study of Canadian literature, placing internationally successful anglophone Canadian authors in the context of their national literary history.While the focus of the book is on twentieth-century and contemporary writing, it also charts the historical development of Canadian literature and discusses important eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors. The chapters focus on four central topics in Canadian culture: Ethnicity, Race, Colonisation; Wildernesses, Cities, Regions; Desire; and Histories and Stories. Each chapter combines case studies of five key texts with a broad discussion of concepts and approaches, including postcolonial and postmodern reading strategies and theories of space, place and desire. Authors chosen for close analysis include Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Munro, Leonard Cohen, Thomas King and Carol Shields.Key Features* The first critical guide to Canadian literature in English* Authors selected on the basis of their popularity on undergraduate courses* Combines historical and thematic approaches to Canadian writing* Links close reading of key texts with theoretical approaches to Canadian literature* Discusses in detail Obasan by Joy Kogawa, Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, The Republic of Love by Carol Shields, 'Wilderness Tips' and The Journals of Susanna Moodie by Margaret Atwood, Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, The Diviners by Margaret Laurence and In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje.

About the Author

Faye Hammill is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Strathclyde. She is the author of Literary Culture and Female Authorship in Canada1760-2000 (2003), co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of British Women'sWriting 1900-1950 (2006), and editor of The British Journal of Canadian Studies.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780748621613
ISBN-10: 074862161X
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2008
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature