Canadian Literature (Edinburgh Critical Guides to by Faye Hammill

By Faye Hammill

A massive serious examine of Canadian literature, putting the world over profitable anglophone Canadian authors within the context in their nationwide literary heritage. whereas the focal point of the booklet is on twentieth-century and modern writing, it additionally charts the ancient improvement of Canadian literature and discusses vital eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors. The chapters specialise in 4 crucial subject matters in Canadian tradition: Ethnicity, Race, Colonisation; Wildernesses, towns, areas; hope; and Histories and tales. every one bankruptcy combines case stories of 5 key texts with a huge dialogue of thoughts and ways, together with postcolonial and postmodern interpreting innovations and theories of area, position and wish. Authors selected for shut research contain Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Munro, Leonard Cohen, Thomas King and Carol Shields. Features*The first serious consultant to Canadian literature in English*Authors chosen at the foundation in their reputation on undergraduate courses*Combines old and thematic ways to Canadian writing*Links shut interpreting of key texts with theoretical ways to Canadian literature (10/1/08)

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This meant that Canada had finally ended its effective political subordination to Britain, even though it retained Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Canadian politicians and intellectuals were now rather less concerned with their country’s level of independence, becoming preoccupied instead with the cultural diversity of their society. In  Canada had become the first country to implement an official policy of multiculturalism, largely in response to tensions between anglophone and francophone citizens, and in  a fresh piece of legislation emphasised the multiracial, multilingual nature of Canadian society and sought to foster appreciation of minority cultures (see Chapter ).

Pauline Johnson/Tekahionwake, also focuses on Native – White encounter, and her poems dramatise a range of points of view on Native issues and colonisation. Joy Kogawa’s Obasan is next examined, while the fourth and fifth sections concentrate on two of the best-known contemporary First Nations texts, Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters (first performed ) and Thomas King’s Green Grass Running Water (). These authors use comic techniques both to celebrate First Nations culture and also to critique the erosion of that culture through White policies of assimilation.

10 She also points out, however, that until relatively recently: the predominant belief among anthropologists, mission societies, media theorists, and government policy makers was that oral and literate cultures are successive, mutually exclusive stages in a single, unavoidable path of cultural evolution. This belief justified assimilationist policies, which were considered merely a means of hastening the inevitable ‘progress’ of ‘primitive’ Aboriginal peoples into the ‘modern’ world . . Aboriginal peoples in Canada today are .

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