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The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature

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Eva-Marie Kröller, Penny van Toorn, Edward D. Blodgett, Christoph Irmscher, Ric Knowles, David Staines, Marta Dvorak, Robert Thacker, Coral Ann Howells, Susanna Egan, Gabriele Helms, Janice Fiamengo, Magdalene Redekop
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  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521891318

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  • Eva-Marie Kröller's comprehensive introduction to major writers, genres and topics in Canadian literature takes into consideration relevant social, political and economic developments. Broad surveys of fiction, drama, and poetry are complemented by chapters on Aboriginal writing, francophone writing, autobiography, literary criticism, writing by women, and the emergence of urban writing in a country traditionally defined by its regions. Nature-writing, exploration- and travel-writing, and short fiction are also covered. Eva-Marie Kroller is Professor at University of British Columbia and editor of the journal Canadian Literature. Her previous books include Canadian Travellers in Europe, 1851-1900 (UBC Press, 1987), George Bowering (Talonbooks, 1992) and Pacific Encounters (with A. Smith, J. Mostow, R. Kramer) (Institute of Asian Research, UBC, 1997).

    • Provides a comprehensive and succinct introduction to representative topics in Canadian literature
    • Includes chapters on Aboriginal writing and francophone literature
    • Addresses both traditional assumptions and current issues
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This Companion is, above all, a very practical and helpful book for anyone who wants to study the changing and challenging contexts of Canadian literature...The diverse geographical origins of the contributors (scholars from Canada, France, the UK, Australia, and the US) attest to the increasing interest in Canadian literature around the world, as well as to vital connections and comparisons between literary developments in different countries.”
    -Rocío G. Davis, Canadian Literature

    "...The book shows an acute awareness of the intricately multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, and multicultural nature of the country and its literature."
    -Quill and Quire

    "Astute and groundbreaking."
    -Literary Review of Canada

    “...the achievement of The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature is its concise synthesis of an immense subject area...suggest[s] whole new directions for literary research.”
    -Faye Hammill, International Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue internationale d’études canadiennes

    “[This Companion] is a most useful addition that will help Canadian literature scholars and students from all over the world to find their way into Canadian writing.” -
    -Martin Kuester, Anglistik

    “...Canadian literature is as diverse and multicultural as the society it mirrors and...the Cambridge Companion of Canadian Literature reflects this, revealing a number of fascinating insights for Canadianists and newcomers alike.”
    -Victoria Cook, British Journal of Canadian Studies

    “The result is very impressive: clear and no shortcuts tolerated, lacking in jargon, discussions that balance detailed textual analysis with ambitious synthesis.”
    -Claire Omhovère, Etudes anglaises

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521891318
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Eva-Marie Kröller
    1. Aboriginal writing Penny van Toorn
    2. Francophone writing Edward D. Blodgett
    3. Exploration and travel Eva-Marie Kröller
    4. Nature-writing Christoph Irmscher
    5. Drama Ric Knowles
    6. Poetry David Staines
    7. Fiction Marta Dvorak
    8. Short fiction Robert Thacker
    9. Writing by women Coral Ann Howells
    10. Life writing Susanna Egan and Gabriele Helms
    11. Regionalism and urbanism Janice Fiamengo
    12. Canadian literary criticism and the idea of a national literature Magdalene Redekop.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Canadian Literature 1970 to present
    • Canadian Poetry / Canadian Fiction
    • Sex, Death and Snow: an Introduction to Canadian Literature
  • Editor

    Eva-Marie Kröller, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Eva-Marie Kröller is Professor at the Department of English, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.


    Eva-Marie Kröller, Penny van Toorn, Edward D. Blodgett, Christoph Irmscher, Ric Knowles, David Staines, Marta Dvorak, Robert Thacker, Coral Ann Howells, Susanna Egan, Gabriele Helms, Janice Fiamengo, Magdalene Redekop

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