BESSAI, Diane and David JACKEL. McLUHAN, Marshall. WATSON, Sheila). ONDAATJE, Michael.
Title: Figures in a Ground : Canadian Essays on Modern Literature Collected in Honour of Sheila Watson. Signed in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Western Producer Prairie Books, Saskatoon, 1978, ISBN:0919306896
Seller ID: 104528
(Festschrift). BESSAI, Diane and David JACKEL, eds. Figures in a Ground : Canadian Essays on Modern Literature Collected in Honour of Sheila Watson. Edited by Diane Bessai and David Jackel. Saskatoon: Western Producer PrairieBooks, (1978). First Printing. Pp. (14),-365,(5). 8vo, brown cloth with black lettering to spine. "'Figures in a Ground' offers a stimulating coll ection of contemporary Canadian viewpoints on modern literature. The twenty-one original essays reflect the diversity of critical activity in Canada, and collectively challenge the prevailing emphasis on thematic and compartmentalized approaches to modern writing." - from the dustjacket. Contents: Part I: Discoveries: Philip Stratford's "Translation as Creation"; Michael Ondaatje's "Garcia Marquez and the Bus to Aracataca"; Patricia Bruckmann's "Echoes of the Pram-Pusher's Knack: Some facts in Nabokov's self-fiction"; Anne Blott's "The Merman and the Mint: A study of Wyndham Lewis's 'The Vulgar Streak'"; John Lent's "Wyndham Lewis and Malcolm Lowry: Contexts of styleand subject matter in the modern novel"; Marshall McLuhan's "Rhetorical Sp irals in 'Four Quartets'"; F.T. Flahiff's "'The Great Gatsby': Scott Fitzgerald's Chaucerian Rag"; E.D. Blodgett's "Prisms and Arcs: Structres in Hebert and Munro". Part II: Explorations: Paul Tiessen's "The Critic, the Film and the Astonished Eye"; Patricia Gallivan's "'Xenophilometropolitania': The reluctant modernism of the Imagists"; Fred Cogswell's "Little Magazines and Small Presses in Canada"; Douglas Barbour's "The Phenomenological I: Daphne Marlatt's 'Steveston'"; Morton L. Ross's "The Canonization of 'As for Me and My House': A case study"; Robert Kroetsch and Diane Bessai's "Death is a Happy Ending: A dialogue in thirteen parts". Part III: Identities: RudyWiebe's "The Death and Life of Albert Johnson: Collected notes on a possib le legend"; Jonathan Peters's "Senghor, Achebe, Soyinka: Conflicting perceptions of African priorities"; Eli Mandel's "The Ethnic Voice in Canadian Writing"; Dick Harrison's "Cultural Insanity and Prairie Fiction"; Robin D. Mathews's "The Wacousta Factor"; and Norman Yates's "Figures in Space". Withindex. Very good in chipped, spine-sunned dustjacket. Signed and inscribed by both editors on the title page. 60.00