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Hardback 944 pp.
3 halftones, 6.75" x 9.75"

ISBN-10:
0199941866

ISBN-13:
9780199941865

Publication date:
November 2015

Imprint: OUP US

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The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature

Cynthia Sugars

Series : Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature provides a broad-ranging introduction to some of the key critical fields, genres, and periods in Canadian literary studies. The essays in this volume, written by prominent theorists in the field, reflect the plurality of critical perspectives, regional and historical specializations, and theoretical positions that constitute the field of Canadian literary criticism across a range of genres and historical periods.

The volume provides a dynamic introduction to current areas of critical interest, including (1) attention to the links between the literary and the public sphere, encompassing such topics as neoliberalism, trauma and memory, citizenship, material culture, literary prizes, disability studies, literature and history, digital cultures, globalization studies, and environmentalism or ecocriticism; (2) interest in Indigenous literatures and settler-Indigenous relations; (3) attention to multiple diasporic and postcolonial contexts within Canada; (4) interest in the institutionalization of Canadian literature as a discipline; (5) a turn towards book history and literary history, with a renewed interest in early Canadian literature; (6) a growing interest in articulating the affective character of the "literary" - including an interest in affect theory, mourning, melancholy, haunting, memory, and autobiography.

The book represents a diverse array of interests - from the revival of early Canadian writing, to the continued interest in Indigenous, regional, and diasporic traditions, to more recent discussions of globalization, market forces, and neoliberalism. It includes a distinct section dedicated to Indigenous literatures and traditions, as well as a section that reflects on the discipline of Canadian literature as a whole.

Readership : Canadian literary scholars, but there may be interest in related fields such Canadian Studies, Canadian history, and Canadian geography.

Contributors
Cynthia Sugars: Introduction
Part I: Reflections on the Discipline
1. Frank Davey: Constructing "Canadian Literature": A Retrospective
2. Adam Carter: National Literature, Canadian Criticism, and National Character
3. Richard Cavell: Remembering Canada: The Politics of Cultural Memory
4. Lorraine York: Canadian Celebrity Authorship Moves On
5. Kit Dobson and Erin Wunker: Towards a Planetary Poetics: Canadian Poetries after Globalization
6. Imre Szeman and Andrew Pendakis: Cultural Studies in Canada: Past, Present, and Future
Part II: Indigenous Literatures and Contexts
7. Emma LaRocque: Contemporary M<.tis Literature: Resistance, Roots, Innovation
8. Jonathan Dewar: From Profound Silences to Ethical Practices: Aboriginal Writing and Reconciliation
9. Deanna Reder: Indigenous Autobiography in Canada: Uncovering Intellectual Traditions
10. Taqralik Partridge and Keavy Martin: "What Inuit Will Think": Taqralik Partridge and Keavy Martin Talk Inuit Literature
11. Julia Emberley: In/Hospitable "Aboriginalities" in Contemporary Indigenous Women's Writing
Part III: Literary Periods and Genres
12. Jennifer Brown and Frieda Klippenstein: Reading, Writing, and Speaking of Contact: Explorations from Both Sides
13. Andrea Cabajsky: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French-Canadian Literature
14. Janice Fiamengo: English-Canadian Narratives of Settlement
15. D.M.R. Bentley: British Poets, Classical Myths, Canadian Locations
16. Tracy Ware: Cosmopolitan Nationalism: Canadian Literature of the Confederation Period, 1867-1914
17. J.A. Weingarten: Modernist Poetry in Canada, 1920-1960
18. Carole Gerson: Mid-Century Modernity and Fiction by Women, 1920-1950
19. Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith: Mainstream Magazines: Home and Mobility
20. Craig Walker: Canadian Drama and the Nationalist Impulse
21. Ian Rae: The Stratford Festival and Canadian Cultural Nationalism
22. David Leahy: The Not So Quiet, Nor Short, Révolution Tranquille
23. Alexander MacLeod: The Canadian Short Story in English: Aesthetic Agency, Social Change, and the Shifting Canon
24. Cynthia Sugars: The English-Canadian Novel: Counter-Memory and the Claims of History, 1950-2000
25. Tanis MacDonald: Fracture Mechanics: Canadian Poetry since 1960
26. Lucie Joubert: Humour and Irony in Quebec Women's Writing, 1970-2010: Taking the Pulse of a Resistance
27. Kate Eichhorn: The Digital Turn in Canadian and Québécois Literature
Part IV: Intra-National Perspectives and Traditions
28. Lily Cho: Diasporic Citizenship and De-Formations of Citizenship
29. David Chariandy: Black Canadian Literature: Fieldwork and "Post-Race"
30. Eleanor Ty: (East and Southeast) Asian Canadian Literature: The Strange and the Familiar
31. Mariam Pirbhai: South-Asian Canadian "Geographies of Voice": Flagging New Critical Mappings
32. Norman Ravvin: You Say You've OD'd on Leonard Cohen: Canadian Jewish Writers, Celebrity, and the Mainstream
33. Marie CarriPre and Catherine Khordoc: For Better or for Worse: Revisiting écriture migrante in Québec
34. Elizabeth F. Dahab: On the Poetics of Arab-Canadian Literature in French and English
35. Tony Tremblay: "People are made of places": Perspectives on Region in Atlantic-Canadian Literature
36. Paul Chafe: "If I were a rugged beauty . . .": Contemporary Newfoundland Fiction
37. Alison Calder: Retracing Prairie Literature
38. Nicholas Bradley: Canadian Literature on the Pacific Coast
Part V: Critical Fields and New Directions
39. Pamela Banting: Ecocriticism in Canada
40. Diana Brydon and Bruno Cornellier: Canadian Postcolonialisms
41. Renée Hulan: Reading Historiography and Historical Fiction in Twentieth-Century Canada
42. Eli MacLaren: Canadian Book History
43. Julie Rak: Canadian Auto/biography: Life Writing, Biography, and Memoir
44. Deirdre Baker: Canadian Children's Literature in English
45. Cecily Devereux: Canadian Feminist Literary Criticism and Theory in the "Second Wave"
46. Terry Goldie and Lee Frew: Gay and Lesbian Literature in Canada
47. Sally Chivers: Survival of the Fittest: CanLit and Disability
48. Herb Wyile: Canadian Literature in the Neoliberal Era

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Cynthia Sugars is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa.

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Special Features

  • Represents a diverse array of interests - from the revival of early Canadian writing, to the continued interest in Indigenous, regional, and diasporic traditions, to more recent discussions of globalization, market forces, and neoliberalism.
  • Includes a distinct section dedicated to Indigenous literatures and traditions, as well as a section that reflects on the discipline of Canadian literature as a whole.
  • Features 48 essays in total, written by prominent theorists in the field, reflecting the plurality of critical perspectives, regional and historical specializations, and theoretical positions that constitute the field of Canadian literary criticism across a range of genres and historical periods.