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Writing Unemployment : Worklessness, Mobility, and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Canadian Literatures

Author: Jody Mason
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2017] ©2012
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This landmark study explores the cultural and literary history of unemployment in Canada from the 1920s to the 1970s, which were crucial decades in the formation of our current conception of Canada as a nation. Writing Unemployment asks how writers with diverse political affiliations participated in and protested against the discursive framing of unemployment. It argues that Depression-era conceptions of  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jody Mason
ISBN: 9781442699670 1442699671
OCLC Number: 1004868104
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Chapter One. Towards a Politics of Mobility: Vagabonds, Hobos, and Pioneers --
Chapter Two. The Politics of Unemployment in Leftist Periodical Cultures, 1930-1939 --
Chapter Three. Novel Protest in the 1930s --
Chapter Four. The Postwar Compact and the National Bildungsroman --
Chapter Five. New Left Culture and the New Unemployment --
Conclusion: Unemployment in Neoliberal Canada --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Index
Responsibility: Jody Mason.
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This landmark study explores the cultural and literary history of unemployment in Canada from the 1920s to the 1970s, which were crucial decades in the formation of our current conception of Canada as a nation. Writing Unemployment asks how writers with diverse political affiliations participated in and protested against the discursive framing of unemployment. It argues that Depression-era conceptions of unemployment shaped later twentieth-century understandings of both worklessness and citizenship. By examining novels, short stories, poetry, manifestos, and agitprop, Jody Mason situates the literary history of the cultural left in a broader context, challenges the dominant literary-historical narrative of the pioneer settler, and contributes to new scholarship on Canada's modern period. By bridging close textual readings with book and publishing history, economic and sociological analysis, and original archival research, Writing Unemployment offers new ideas on work by many of Canada's most important writers.

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