This second edition of Oxford's popular one-volume Anthology of Canadian Literature in English provides the essential texts for students. Balancing the canon as it has traditionally been presented with the broader perspectives that have emerged in recent years, it highlights the connectionsbetween various texts, setting tradition and innovation in dialogue.
Donna Bennett has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 1984. She was an editor for Descant for sixteen years (until 1995) and is now a co-editor of the University of Toronto Quarterly. She is the co-editor, with Russell Brown, of An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English(1983, 1990) and most recently of a A New Anthology of Canadian Literature in English (2002). Her essays on Canadian writing, postcolonial theory, and related topics have appeared widely in various scholarly journals and collections. Russell Brown began his career at Lakehead University, where hetaught from 1969-77; he has been a member of the Department of English at the University of Toronto since 1977. He was an editor with Descant from 1978-83 and the Editorial Director of Poetry for McClelland and Stewart from 1983-1988. He is a co-editor of teh University of Toronto Quarterly. Hiscritical essays on various Canadian authors and topics have appeared in scholarly journals in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
"Although the word 'canon' doesn't appear in the title, it's implicitly representative of canonical writing. Yet in its pages we find avant-garde writers... It's a useful reminder of how quickly things change and how soon the progressive becomes accepted." The Vancouver Sun
"A... goldmine that is a must for all serious students of Canadian literature... From Samuel Hearne's journals to the lyrics of Leonard Cohen's 'Closing Time,' it's all here. A great addition to any serious library this side of the 49th." Encore
"Twenty years after the original anthology... the editors have given us a reconsideration of Canadian literature in English at the beginning of the 21st century... This... volume... is designed for students, but the wealth of literature, from writings of settlers to notable writers of ourtime, make it an attractive introduction to the lay reader." Peace Arch News