Tricks with a Glass: Writing Ethnicity in Canada

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BRILL, 19/04/2022 - 328 páginas
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Studies of literary reflections on ethnicity are essential to the ever-renewed definition of Canadian literature. The essays in this collection explore the diverse ways of negotiating identity and the articulation of space in Canada, taking ethnicity as a driving force with ideological and cultural implications that lend public and literary discourse an urgent dynamism. While theorizing ethnicity is a valuable critical enterprise, these essays centre on the concrete realization of the problematics of ethnicity in creative writing, covering a wide range of Canada's mosaic. The creative inscription of ethnicity stimulates the evolution and expansion of Canada's literary heritage, the complexity of this cultural experience being the focus of the present collection. Fourteen essays, including a personal account by the Ukrainian-Canadian Janice Kulyk Keefer on the merging of private and public history, and two interviews - with the Chinese-Canadian writer Wayson Choy and the critic Linda Hutcheon - analyze the manifestations of the pluralism that has always characterized Canadian writers' consciousness of themselves, their engagement with the notion of the ‘multicultural' and its significance in contemporary society and, in particular, its effect on creativity.

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Story and History in the Narration of Ethnicity
1
Postcoloniality Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in the Canadian Context
19
Fostnational Characterization in Michael Ondaatjes The English Patient
37
Neil Bissoondaths A Casual Brutality
59
Rohinton Mistrys Tales From Firozsha Baag
71
Nino Riccis Lives of the Saints
93
Antonine Maillet and the Recognition of Acadian Identity
111
Janice Kulyk Keefers April Showers
135
Sky Lees Disappearing Moon Cafe
171
The Imaginary Ethnic Anachronies ImMobility and Historical Meaning in Obasan and Disappearing Moon Cafe
191
Stereotypical Thinking and Disempowering Focalization in Lee Maracles Bertha
209
Native Women and Resistance Literature
229
Genre Race and Gender at a CrossStitch
251
Intercultural Not Multicultural
269
Critical Perspectives on Writing Ethnicity in Canada
287
Contributors
299

Canadian Writing and the Articulation of North
149

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