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Literary History of Canada

Canadian Literature in English, Volume IV (Second Edition)

edited by William New, Carl Berger, Alan Cairns, Francess Halpenny, Henry Kreisel, Douglas Lochhead, Philip Stratford & Clara Thomas

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1990
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This new volume of the Literary History of Canada covers the continuing development of English-Canadian writing from 1972 to 1984. As with the three earlier volumes, this book is an invaluable guide to recent developments in English-Canadian literature and a resource for both the general reader and the specialist researcher.


The contributors to this volume are Laurie Ricou, David Jackel, Linda Hutcheon, Philip Stratford, Barry Cameron, Balachandra Rajan, Robert Fothergill, Brian Parker, Cynthia Zimmerman, Frances Frazer, Edith Fowke, Bruce G. Trigger, Alan C. Cairns, Douglas Williams, Carl Berger, Shirley Neuman, Raymond S. Corteen, and Francess G. Halpenny.

About the authors

William H. New is a Canadian poet and literary critic. He taught English at the University of British Columbia from 1965 to 2003. In 2007, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. For 29 years, he held editorial positions at Canadian Literature and, in 2004, was made Editor Emeritus.

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Carl Berger, FRSC, is an emeritus professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

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Alan Cairns is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of British Columbia and adjunct professor of political science at the University of Waterloo.

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Francess G. Halpenny is the former managing editor of University of Toronto Press and is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Henry Kreisels major contribution to Canadian Literature has been to bridge two worldsthe European and the Canadian. Born in Austria in 1922, he fled the Anschluss in 1938, going to England where he was then sent to Canada as an enemy alien and interned in 1940. He earned his MA in English in 1947 from the University of Toronto and in 1954 he earned a PhD from the University of London. In 1961, as head of the English department at the University of Alberta, he introduced the first course in Canadian literature. Among other awards, Kreisel received the 1983 J.I. Segal Foundation Award for Literature in English for The Almost Meeting. Henry Kreisel died in 1991 leaving behind one son.

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In the spring of 2001, Douglas Lochhead received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English-language Literary Arts from the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Member of the Order of Canada, the recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities, Professor Emeritus at Mount Allison University, Senior Fellow and Founding Librarian at Massey College, University of Toronto, and a life member of the League of Canadian Poets. After beginning his career as an advertising copywriter, he became a librarian, a professor of English, a specialist in typography and fine hand printing, and a bibliographer, scholar, and editor — indeed, he has characterized himself as “an unrepentant generalist.” At Mount Allison University, he was a founder and the director of the Centre for Canadian Studies, and he held the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies.

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Philip Stratford (1927-1999) was a poet, a pioneer translator of Canadian literature and a professor emeritus of English at the Université de Montréal.

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Clara Thomas (1919-2013) was a professor emerita of English at York University. Through her publishing, teaching and public speaking, she continuously sought to raise the profile of Canadian women writers both within the country and within the international community.

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Editorial Reviews

'An important event in the history of Canadian literature ... the finest scholars and critics of the Canadian scene explore and define growth of every form of literary activity in Canada from its literary beginnings.'

The Sewanee Review

'A monumental work of scholarship ... a balanced and judicious analysis of Canadian writing in English from its earliest beginnings.'

Globe and Mail

'One of the most important, if not the most important, studies of Canada's intellectual and cultural life.'

Canadian Book Review Annual

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