On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9780889842854_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $24.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
published: Feb 2007
ISBN:9780889842854
publisher: Porcupine's Quill

Canadian Literature in English

Volume Two

by W.J. Keith

reviews: 0
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
canadian, books & reading
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $24.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
published: Feb 2007
ISBN:9780889842854
publisher: Porcupine's Quill
Description

W. J. Keith has chosen to ignore utterly both the 'popular' at the one extreme (Robert Service, Lucy Maud Montgomery) as well as the 'avant-garde' at the other (bpnichol, Anne Carson) in favour of those authors whose style lends itself to the simple pleasure of reading, and to that end Keith dedicates his history to 'all those -- including those of the general reading public whose endangered status is much lamented -- who recognize and celebrate the dance of words.'

About the Author
W.J. Keith was born in 1934 and taught at McMaster and the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is a widely published author on English literature.
Author profile page >
Editorial Reviews

'To make use of a pair of words W. J. Keith is suspicious of, Canadian Literature in English, which has just been released in a revised and expanded two-volume edition, is both canon and myth. Canon because it is a principled selection and discussion of key works Keith sees as establishing a national tradition, and myth because it provides a survey of the history and development of Canadian literature that has a particular shape.'

— Toronto Star

'This is a diverse set of essays, most of them previously published, which may be read individually as commentaries on Louis Dudek, Margaret Atwood, John Metcalf, Philip Grove, Ethel Wilson, Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence, Hugh Hood, and Jack Hodgins; or together as a manifesto on modern Canadian criticism and literature. Either way, the reading is a salutary experience whose conclusion is summed up in Keith's essay on Atwood's Bluebeard's Egg: ''We need to approach literature not with made-to-measure theory but with a flexible, verbally sensitive critical practice that attempts, tentatively, humbly, sometimes painfully, to develop a tradition of close and accurate reading.'' This is not, as I'm sure Keith would agree, a plea to ignore history, biography or cultural milieu, but rather one that urges the paramount importance of the primary text.'

— Canadian Book Review Annual

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Other Titles by W.J. Keith

God's Plenty

God's Plenty

A Study of Hugh Hood's Short Fiction
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : canadian
More Info
Canadian Odyssey

Canadian Odyssey

A Reading of Hugh Hood's The New Age/Le nouveau si├Ęcle
edition:eBook
tagged : canadian
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...