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Counterblasting Canada

Marshall McLuhan, Wyndham Lewis, Wilfred Watson, and Sheila Watson

contributions by Leon Surette; Paul Tiessen; Linda M. Morra; Adam Welch; Philip Monk; Adam Hammond; Dean Irvine; Elena Lamberti; Darren Wershler, edited by Paul Hjartarson; Gregory Betts & Kristine Smitka

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In 1914, Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound—the founders of vorticism—undertook an unprecedented analysis of the present, its technologies, communication, politics, and architecture. The essays in Counterblasting Canada trace the influence of vorticism on Marshall McLuhan and Canadian Modernism. Building on the initial accomplishment of the magazine Blast, McLuhan’s subsequent Counterblast, and the network of artistic and intellectual relationships that flourished in Canadian vorticism, the contributors offer groundbreaking examinations of postwar Canadian literary culture, particularly the legacies of Sheila and Wilfred Watson. Intended primarily for scholars of literature and communications, Counterblasting Canada explores a crucial and long-overlooked strand in Canadian cultural and literary history.

Contributors: Gregory Betts, Adam Hammond, Paul Hjartarson, Dean Irvine, Elena Lamberti, Philip Monk, Linda M. Morra, Kristine Smitka, Leon Surette, Paul Tiessen, Adam Welch, Darren Wershler.

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Leon Surette

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Paul Tiessen

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Linda M. Morra

Linda Morra is a full professor at Bishop's University. She was the Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies (2016-2017) at University College Dublin and a visiting scholar at Berkeley, University of California (2016). Her book Unarrested Archives (2014) was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize.
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Paul Hjartarson is Professor Emeritus in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where he leads the Editing Modernism in Canada research group. He co-authored, with Shirley Neuman, The Thinking Heart: The Literary Archive of Wilfred Watson (2014). The Thinking Heart served as the catalogue for an exhibition of Watson’s literary papers held in Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta, and is the first book-length study of this avant-garde Canadian poet and playwright. Paul Hjartarson has also published on Baroness Elsa and Frederick Philip Grove.
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Paul Hjartarson is Professor Emeritus in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where he leads the Editing Modernism in Canada research group. He co-authored, with Shirley Neuman, The Thinking Heart: The Literary Archive of Wilfred Watson (2014). The Thinking Heart served as the catalogue for an exhibition of Watson’s literary papers held in Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta, and is the first book-length study of this avant-garde Canadian poet and playwright. Paul Hjartarson has also published on Baroness Elsa and Frederick Philip Grove.
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Paul Hjartarson is Professor Emeritus in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where he leads the Editing Modernism in Canada research group. He co-authored, with Shirley Neuman, The Thinking Heart: The Literary Archive of Wilfred Watson (2014). The Thinking Heart served as the catalogue for an exhibition of Watson’s literary papers held in Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta, and is the first book-length study of this avant-garde Canadian poet and playwright. Paul Hjartarson has also published on Baroness Elsa and Frederick Philip Grove.
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Paul Hjartarson is Professor Emeritus in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where he leads the Editing Modernism in Canada research group. He co-authored, with Shirley Neuman, The Thinking Heart: The Literary Archive of Wilfred Watson (2014). The Thinking Heart served as the catalogue for an exhibition of Watson’s literary papers held in Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta, and is the first book-length study of this avant-garde Canadian poet and playwright. Paul Hjartarson has also published on Baroness Elsa and Frederick Philip Grove.
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Paul Hjartarson is Professor Emeritus in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where he leads the Editing Modernism in Canada research group. He co-authored, with Shirley Neuman, The Thinking Heart: The Literary Archive of Wilfred Watson (2014). The Thinking Heart served as the catalogue for an exhibition of Watson’s literary papers held in Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta, and is the first book-length study of this avant-garde Canadian poet and playwright. Paul Hjartarson has also published on Baroness Elsa and Frederick Philip Grove.
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Dean Irvine is an associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University. Author and editor of books on Canadian modernism, he is also the director of Editing Modernism in Canada, Agile Humanities Agency, and the University of Ottawa Press's Canadian Literature Collection.
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Dean Irvine is an associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University. Author and editor of books on Canadian modernism, he is also the director of Editing Modernism in Canada, Agile Humanities Agency, and the University of Ottawa Press's Canadian Literature Collection.
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Dean Irvine is an associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University. Author and editor of books on Canadian modernism, he is also the director of Editing Modernism in Canada, Agile Humanities Agency, and the University of Ottawa Press's Canadian Literature Collection.
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Kristine Smitka teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. To better understand the relationship between print and digital forms of publishing, her research focuses on the paperback book as a medium that defies the old vs. new media binary.
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Editorial Review

"Reading Counterblasting Canada one has the impression that this quartet—Lewis, McLuhan, and Wilfred and Sheila Watson—and their thinking about culture touched just about every discipline and genre available in the mid to late twentieth century…. Finally, then, these collections not only open up new critical conversations about Watson and others, they remind us that our provocative predecessors are also mentors who might help us reimagine the liberal arts in the neo-liberal university." [Full review at http://www.thebullcalfreview.ca/sheilawatson.htm]

— The Bull Calf, 6.2

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