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Author Name:    LECKER, Robert (ed.)

Title:   Canadian Canons : Essays in Literary Value. softcover

Publisher:    University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1991, ISBN:080206700x 

Seller ID:   109356

LECKER, Robert (ed.). Canadian Canons : Essays in Literary Value.Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ((1991). First Edition. Pp (12),[3]-251,(3). Index. 8vo, yellow and olive card covers, lettered in black. "Which works ofCanadian literature are the most important? vVhat makes them valuable? And who decides? Such innocent-sounding questions - such hotly debated answers . The establishment of the Canadian canon or canons (those works that form the recognized foundation, or foundations, of our national literature) is asubject of intense controversy today, touching on a wide range of politica l and social issues. Robert Lecker has brought together the first collection of essays to focus on Canadian literary canons. Its twelve essays on English and French criticism, fiction, poetry, and drama are written by accomplished scholars from across the country who share a desire to answer the fundamental questions raised above. They are concerned less with identifying aCanadian canon and more with examining the forces that shape canonical act ivity in Canadian literature and criticism. By engaging in this process they also try to account for shifts in taste, differing ideas about the appropnateness of genre, the relationship between politics and literary value, and the impact of canonical choices on marginalized groups that have traditionally been excluded from the canon. These essays explore a central component in Canadian cultural history. Inevitably contentious, they will fuel debate on a host of contemporary cultural issues, not limited to literature buttouching on all the arts and beyond, as Canadians struggle with the increa singly urgent questions of who we are and what we value." (Abstract). Contents : Introduction (by Robert Lecker); Creating the Canadian canon (by LeonSurette); Early Canadian literary histories and the function of a canon (b y Dermot McCarthy); The canon between the wars: Field notes of a feminist lierary archaeologist (by Carole Gerson); Leonard Cohen, Phyllis Webb, and the End(s) of modernism (by Stephen Scobie); The idea of a national theatre (by Denis Salter); Voices (off): Deconstructing the modern English-Canadiandramatic canon (by Richard Paul Knowles); The New Quebec theatre (by Lucie Robert); Critical instincts in Quebec: From the Quier Revolution to the po stmodern age, 1960-1990 (by Caroline Bayard); Conflicted vision : a consideration of canon and genre in English-Canadian literature (by Donna Benett);Calgary, canonization, and class: Deciphering List B (by Lawrence Mathews) ; Culture and its values : critical revisionism in Quebec in the 1980s (by Sherry Simon); Normalizing the subject : Linda Hutcheon and the English-Canadian postmodern.(by Lorraine Weir). Very good. 15.00


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