Literary Criticism


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    Beginning with her earliest, uncollected stories, W.R. Martin critically examines Alice Munro's writing career. He discusses influences on Munro and presents an overview of the prominent features of her art: the typical protagonist, the development of her narrative technique, and the dialectic that involves paradoxes and parallels.
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    Analogon Rationis is a series of comparative literature essays, in English and German, collected in honour of Professor Gerwin Marahrens, a well-loved scholar in Germanic Languages.
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    The dismantling of “Understanding Canada”—an international program eliminated by Canada’s Conservative government in 2012—posed a tremendous potential setback for Canadianists. Yet Canadian writers continue to be celebrated globally by popular and academic audiences alike. Twenty scholars speak to the government’s diplomatic and economic about-face and its implications for representations of Canadian writing within and outside Canada’... [READ MORE]
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    This bibliography records books and contributions to books and periodicals published in Great Britain and America. It includes a selective list of books and articles about MacNeice; describes collections of his manuscripts, scripts in the Radio Play Library of the BBC and recordings of his poems; and contains a complete alphabetical list of all his poems.
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    This bibliography offers a complete record of Maugham's own works, his plays novelized or books dramatized by others, and checklists of works and periodicals concerning Maugham. An appendix is devoted to a summary of The Artistic Temperament of Stephen Carey (the first draft of Of Human Bondage), which will never be published.
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    “The outburst of cultural energy that took place in the 1960s was in part a product of the two decades that came before. It’s always difficult for young people to see their own time in perspective: when you’re in your teens, a decade earlier feels like ancient history and the present moment seems normal: what exists now is surely what has always existed.”
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    How can we approach Margaret Laurence's writing in a postcolonial and postmodern age? Challenging Territory is a collection of essays that examine positionality across the range of Laurence's writing, from her early journalism through the fiction to the late nonfiction.
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    In 1914, Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound—the founders of vorticism—undertook an unprecedented analysis of the present, its technologies, communication, politics, and architecture. The essays in Counterblasting Canada trace the influence of vorticism on Marshall McLuhan and Canadian Modernism. Building on the initial accomplishment of the magazine Blast, McLuhan’s subsequent Counterblast, and the network of artistic and intellectual relationships that flourished... [READ MORE]
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    The essays in this collection explore the activities of two populations of displaced peoples that are seldom discussed together: Indigenous peoples and refugees or diasporic peoples around the world. Rather than focusing on victimhood, the authors focus on the creativity and agency of displaced peoples, thereby emphasizing capacity and resilience. Throughout their chapters, they show how cultural activities-from public performance to filmmaking to community arts-recur as sign... [READ MORE]
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    These papers from "The Creating Word" conference at the University of Alberta look directly at the challenges facing English teachers in the 1980s. Eleven notable educators address topics of rhetoric, deconstructionism, transactional analysis, creative writing, reader-response theories, language arts methodology, and computer technology.
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    “Notwithstanding their differing approaches—digital, archival, historical, iterative, critical, creative, reflective—the essays gathered here articulate new ways of seeing, investigating, and apprehending literature and culture.” – From the Preface
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    Dance of the Sexes reveals that Alice Munro's gender very much colours and influences her fiction in dramatic ways, expressing itself in what feminist theorists have identified as "writing the body." Beverly Rasporich examines Munro as folk artist, ironist, and regionalist in relation to her femaleness and feminism.
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    Originally published as Felix Paul Greves Karriere: Frederick Philip Grove in Deutschland, this volume reveals the previously unknown life of Canadian author F.P. Grove. Prior to his arrival in Canada, Grove was a widely known-and somewhat outrageous-editor, writer, translator, and literary personality in Europe. In his new land, however, he completely remade himself, extinguishing all traces of his prior life. An illuminating biography of a significant Canadian author.
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    Showcasing archival materials from the early years of John Martin's Black Sparrow Press, this catalogue brings to light the collaborative relationship between writers, editors, designers, and presses. Prominently featured are the works of poets Charles Bukowski, Robert Creeley, John Ashbery, and others. The exhibit, which took place at the University of Alberta's Bruce Peel Special Collections Library (home of the Black Sparrow Press Archive), was curated by twelve University... [READ MORE]
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    Flora Annie Steel (1847–1929) was a contemporary of Rudyard Kipling and rivaled his popularity as a writer during her lifetime, but her legacy faded due to gender-biased politics. She spent 22 years in India, mainly in the Punjab. This collection is the first to focus entirely on this “unconventional memsahib” and her contribution to turn-of-the-century Anglo-Indian literature. The eight essays draw attention to Steel’s multifaceted work—ranging ... [READ MORE]
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    Evil, despair, and helplessness are persistent themes in recent young-adult fiction. Yet this bleakness needs not translate into depression and fear for vulnerable adolescents. Westwater reads six young-adult novels through Kristevan theory to find a glimmer of hope amidst our cultural crises.
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    Published to accompany a 2008 exhibit at the University of Alberta's Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, this catalogue explores one of the great British private presses and its contribution to the fine press movement. While the sixty books in the catalogue represent barely a quarter of Golden Cockerel's total output, the selection shows how the Press expressed its individuality and continued a tradition of fine book production against the odds. In using the words "e... [READ MORE]
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    Canadians have always been obsessed with the idea of their own identities. Stories that tell us who we are provide a reassuring sense of identity for the individual and the nation. Hockey. Maple Leaves. Beavers. But collective stories tend to be haunted by a fear that a shared narrative might be nothing more than an elaborate artifice. This fear has long been a source of gothic inspiration for Canadian writers. A haunted Canadian self returns again and again. Polite. Friendly... [READ MORE]