Anxious allegiances : legitimizing identity in the early Canadian long poem (eBook, 1998) [WorldCat.org]
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Anxious allegiances : legitimizing identity in the early Canadian long poem

Author: C D Mazoff
Publisher: Montreal : Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The early Canadian long poem has often been faulted for its lack of aesthetic integrity. Often described as little more than "poorly versified rhetoric," these works have never been submitted to rigorous rhetorical analysis. In Anxious Allegiances C.D. Mazoff investigates the rhetorical devices used by early Canadian poets and reveals how the long poem legitimized both the imperial-colonial project in British North  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mazoff, C.D. (Chaim David), 1949-
Anxious allegiances.
Montreal : Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1998
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C D Mazoff
OCLC Number: 1058122242
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""1 Introduction""; ""2 Holding the Fort""; ""3 Acadia's Shores""; ""4 On Empires' Edge""; ""5 Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""Y""; ""Z""
Responsibility: C.D. Mazoff.

Abstract:

"The early Canadian long poem has often been faulted for its lack of aesthetic integrity. Often described as little more than "poorly versified rhetoric," these works have never been submitted to rigorous rhetorical analysis. In Anxious Allegiances C.D. Mazoff investigates the rhetorical devices used by early Canadian poets and reveals how the long poem legitimized both the imperial-colonial project in British North America and the emerging national consciousness of the new nation of Canada." "Relying upon deconstruction, discourse analysis, and close examination of contemporary historical events, Mazoff identifies and explores the periodic "ruptures" in the texts - inconsistencies, contradictions, anomalies, and deflections - that underscore the tension between the "unsaid" (the real historical, economic, and social conditions) and the surface level of the narrative (the aesthetic and genre constraints). His analysis reveals the extent to which problems of allegiance, anxiety, and identity were inextricably involved in the colonial and national projects, an involvement which the poetry, despite its intentions, could neither mask nor resolve." "Offering insight on canonical Canadian long poems from Thomas Cary's Abram's Plains to Isabella Valancy Crawford's Hugh and Ion as well as the works of many lesser-known writers, Anxious Allegiances will be of great interest to literary scholars as well as historians, political scientists, and communication theorists studying the political and economic discourses at work in imperial-colonial relations."--Jacket.

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