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Survival: a thematic guide to Canadian literature

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Toronto, Anansi, 1972.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'Survival' is the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. It is ... a book of criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: 'what have been the central preoccupations of our poetry and fiction?' Her answer is twofold: 'survival and victims.' Atwood applies this thesis in twelve brilliant, witty and impassioned chapters. From Moodie  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Survival.
Toronto, Anansi, 1972
(OCoLC)643659185
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0887847137 9780887847134 0887846130 9780887846137
OCLC Number: 1288988
Description: 287 pages 21 cm
Contents: What, Where, and Why is Here? --
How to Use This Book --
1. Survival --
2. Nature the Monster --
3. Animal Victims --
4. Early People: Indians and Eskimos as Symbols --
5. Ancestral Totems: Explorers, Settlers --
6. Family Portrait: Masks of the Bear --
7. Failed Sacrifices: The Reluctant Immigrant --
8. The Casual Incident of Death : Futile Heroes, Unconvincing Martyrs and Other Band Ends --
9. The Paralyzed Artist --
10. Ice Women vs Earth Mothers --
11. Quebec: Burning Mansions --
12. Jail-Breaks and Recreations.
Responsibility: [by] Margaret Atwood.

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"'Survival' is the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. It is ... a book of criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: 'what have been the central preoccupations of our poetry and fiction?' Her answer is twofold: 'survival and victims.' Atwood applies this thesis in twelve brilliant, witty and impassioned chapters. From Moodie to MacLennan to Blais, from Pratt to Purdy to Newlove, from Godfrey to Gibson, she lights up familiar books in wholly new perspectives." The themes are: survival; nature the monster; animal victims; early people (indians and eskimos); ancestral totems (explorers and settlers); family portrait: masks of the bear; failed sacrifices (the reluctant immigrant); the casual incident of death; the paralyzed artist; ice women vs. earth mothers; Quebec: burning mansions; and, jail-breaks and recreations.

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