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Is Canada postcolonial? : unsettling Canadian literature

Author: Laura F E Moss
Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How can postcolonialism be applied to Canadian literature? In all that has been written about postcolonialism, surprisingly little has specifically addressed the position of Canada, Canadian literature, or Canadian culture. Postcolonialism is a theory that has gained credence throughout the world; it is be productive to ask if and how we, as Canadians, participate in postcolonial debates. It is also vital to examine  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Canadian essays
Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Is Canada postcolonial?
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)604605000
Online version:
Is Canada postcolonial?
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)606984858
Material Type: Biography, Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laura F E Moss
ISBN: 0889204160 9780889204164
OCLC Number: 52039378
Notes: Chiefly based on papers first presented at the Is Canada Postcolonial? conference, organized at the University of Manitoba, 2000.
Description: viii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Is Canada postcolonial? Introducing the question / Laura Moss --
What was Canada? / George Elliott Clarke --
What resides in the question, "Is Canada postcolonial?" / Neil Besner --
Canada and postcolonialism : questions, inventories, and futures / Diana Brydon --
Looking elsewhere for answers to the postcolonial question : from literary studies to state policy in Canada / Donna Palmateer Pennee --
The absence of seaming, or how I almost despair of dancing : how postcolonial are Canada's literary institutions and critical practices? / Susan Gingell --
Native writing, academic theory : post-colonialsim across the cultural divide / Judith Leggatt --
Nostalgic narratives and the otherness industry / Mridula Nath Chakraborty --
Cool dots and a hybrid Scarborough : multiculturalism as Canadian myth / Chelva Kanaganayakam --
Imagining Eighteenth-century Quebec : British literature and colonial rhetoric / Pam Perkins --
"I too am a Canadian" : John Richardson's The Canadian Brothers as postcolonial narrative / Douglas Ivison. Con't. --Are we there yet? Reading the "post-colonial" and The Imperialist in Canada / Cecily Devereux --
Figures of collection and (post) colonial processes in Major John Richardson's Wacousta and Thomas King's Truth and Bright Water / Barbara S. Bruce --
Stolen life? Reading through two I's in postcolonial collaborative autobiography / Manina Jones --
"A place to stand on" : (post) colonial identity in The Diviners and "The rain child" / Karen E. Macfarlane --
A "place" through language : postcolonial implications of mennonite/s writing in western Canada / Amy Kroeker --
What's immigration got to do with it? Postcolonialism and shifting notions of exile in Nino Ricci's Italian-Canadians / Jim Zucchero --
Religion, postcolonial side-by-sideness, and la transculture / Marie Vautier --
After postcolonialism : migrant lines and the politics of form in Fred Wah, M. Nourbese Philip, and Roy Miki --
Is Canada a postcolonial country? / Len Findlay --
Answering the questions / Terry Goldie --
Answering the answers, asking more questions / Victor J. Ramraj.
Responsibility: edited by Laura Moss.

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How can postcolonialism be applied to Canadian literature? In all that has been written about postcolonialism, surprisingly little has specifically addressed the position of Canada, Canadian literature, or Canadian culture. Postcolonialism is a theory that has gained credence throughout the world; it is be productive to ask if and how we, as Canadians, participate in postcolonial debates. It is also vital to examine the ways in which Canada and Canadian culture fit into global discussions as our culture reflects how we interact with our neighbours, allies, and adversaries. This collection wrestles with the problems of situating Canadian literature in the ongoing debates about culture, identity, and globalization, and of applying the slippery term of postcolonialism to Canadian literature. The topics range in focus from discussions of specific literary works to general theoretical contemplations. The twenty-three articles in this collection grapple with the recurrent issues of postcolonialism -- including hybridity, collaboration, marginality, power, resistance, and historical revisionism -- from the vantage point of those working within Canada as writers and critics. While some seek to confirm the legitimacy of including Canadian literature in the discussions of postcolonialism, others challenge this very notion.--amazon.

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