A Thematic Guide to Canadian LiteratureBook - 2012
Atwood applies this thesis in twelve brilliant, witty, and impassioned chapters; from Moodie to MacLennan to Blais, from Pratt to Purdy to Gibson, she lights up familiar books in wholly new perspectives. This new edition features a foreword by the author.
In this accessible overview for students and general readers, celebrated Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood surveys the Canadian literature scene as she saw it in 1972, when this book was first published. Thematic chapters deal with areas such as nature as monster, first people, ancestral totems, failed sacrifices, immigrants, the paralyzed artist, ice women versus earth mothers, and Quebec. Each chapter opens with numerous quotes from literature and also includes more quotes within the chapter. This reprint offers an introduction by Atwood, written in 2003. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The renowned Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood, surveys Canadian writing on twelve themes and compares to American and British writing on the same topics. Atwood brings her dry humour and strong opinions to lighten a book that is well suited to a Canadian literature class or a book club.
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