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Literary Criticism Canadian

Margaret Atwood

A Feminist Poetics

by (author) Frank Davey

Publisher
Talonbooks
Initial publish date
Jan 1984
Category
Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780889222175
    Publish Date
    Jan 1984
    List Price
    $18.95

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Description

Margaret Atwood’s writing, according to Davey, reveals not only an extraordinary facility with language, but also a deep mistrust of it as something shaped by an instrumental and largely male culture. Her language directs its readers to a hidden level of itself — unspoken, symbolic, gestural — and away from denotative meaning. In discussions of her poetry, fiction, short stories, and criticism, Davey offers a “glossary’ of recurrent Atwood images and symbols that can open this hidden level in nearly all of her writing.

About the author

Born in Vancouver, Frank Davey was Carl F. Klinck Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Western Ontario. Upon his retirement in 2005, the conference “Poetics and Public Culture in Canada” was held in his honour. Davey attended the University of British Columbia where he was a co-founder of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. Since 1963, he has been the editor-publisher of the poetics journal Open Letter. With fellow TISH poet Fred Wah, Davey founded the world’s first on-line literary magazine, SwiftCurrent in 1984.

A prolific and highly-esteemed author of numerous books and scholarly articles on Canadian literary criticism and poetry, Davey writes with a unique panache as he examines with humour and irony the ambiguous play of signs in contemporary culture, the popular stories that lie behind it, and the struggles between different identity-based groups in our globalizing society—racial, regional, gender-based, ethnic, economic—that drive this play.

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