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Robert Kroetsch

Essayist, Novelist, Poet

edited by David Staines, contributions by David Eso; Tanja Cvetkovic; Robert David Stacey; Martin Kuester; Albert Braz; Jennifer Baker; Cameron Anstee; Jason Wiens; Dennis Cooley; Nicole Markotic; Laurie Ricou; Wolfgang Klooss; Aritha van Herk; Rudy Wiebe & Phill Hall

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Robert Kroetsch: Essayist, Novelist, Poet brings together an international cast of critics, scholars, and writers to examine, re-examine, and honour the celebrated author’s immense significance in the twenty-first century, and what it means to be Canadian and part of the country’s literary landscape. Original essays by Dennis Cooley, Phil Hall, Nicole Markotic, Aritha van Herk, and Rudy Wiebe, among others.

The author of nine novels, thirteen books of poetry, and seven non-fiction volumes, Robert Kroetsch (1927-2011) was a major figure in the development and history of literature in Canada. He won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for The Studhorse Man (1969) and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for The Hornbooks of Rita K. (2001). He received honorary degrees from the University of Winnipeg (1983) and the University of Alberta (1997), and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (2004).

Robert Kroetsch stands as a seminal figure in the Canadian literary landscape. In his early fiction he introduced postmodern techniques into the mainstream of Canadian fiction. He then moved on to writing poetry while still writing fiction, and created a new vision for poets across the country, defining the nature of the poetic experience by searching out the roots of his place in the Canadian landscape.

Robert Kroetsch: Essayist, Novelist, Poet is a timely reminder of the immense significance that Kroetsch holds in the twenty-first-century understanding of what it means to be Canadian and part of the country’s literary landscape.

This book is published in English.

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Robert Kroetsch (1927-2011) est une figure majeure de l’histoire et du développement de la littérature au Canada. Son roman intitulé The Studhorse Man (1969) lui a permis de remporter le Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général dans la catégorie roman et nouvelles ; par ailleurs, son recueil de poésie, intitulé The Hornbooks of Rita K. (2001), a figuré sur la liste des finalistes du Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général dans la catégorie poésie. De plus, il s'est vu décerner un doctorat honoris causa par deux universités canadiennes, l’Université de Winnipeg (1983) et l’Université de l’Alberta (1997), et il a été fait officier de l'Ordre du Canada (2004).

Robert Kroetsch est une figure marquante du paysage littéraire canadien. Dans ses premiers ouvrages de fiction, il a introduit des techniques de narration postmodernes dans le courant dominant et jusqu’alors plutôt conventionnel de la fiction canadienne. Il a ensuite entrepris d’écrire de la poésie tout en poursuivant son œuvre romanesque. Ce faisant, il a su créer une nouvelle vision pour les poètes canadiens ; il a, entre autres, défini la nature de l’expérience poétique en se questionnant sur le sens de l’identité canadienne et sur la place qu’il occupait dans le paysage littéraire canadien.

L’ouvrage intitulé Robert Kroetsch : romancier, poète et essayiste constitue un rappel opportun de l’importance considérable de cet auteur majeur, qui nous a permis de mieux comprendre ce que cela signifiait d’être Canadien au XXIe siècle et d’appartenir au paysage littéraire canadien.

Ce livre est publié en anglais.

 

About the Authors

David Staines

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David Eso is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. He specializes in 1970s-era Canadian cultural studies and archival research.

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David Eso is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. He specializes in 1970s-era Canadian cultural studies and archival research.

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David Eso is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. He specializes in 1970s-era Canadian cultural studies and archival research.

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David Eso is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. He specializes in 1970s-era Canadian cultural studies and archival research.

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Albert Braz is an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, Religion, and Film/Media Studies at the University of Alberta.

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Albert Braz is an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, Religion, and Film/Media Studies at the University of Alberta.

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Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa, where he runs Apt. 9 Press and holds a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from the University of Ottawa. He is the editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015).

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Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa, where he runs Apt. 9 Press and holds a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from the University of Ottawa. He is the editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015).

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Dennis Cooley is the deputy minister of justice for the Government of Yukon.

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Nicole Markotic is a poet, novelist, and critic. Her poetry books include Bent at the Spine (BookThug), Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, and Connect the Dots (Wolsak & Wynn); her novels are Yellow Pages (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) and Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot (Arsenal Pulp Press).
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Nicole Markotic is a poet, novelist, and critic. Her poetry books include Bent at the Spine (BookThug), Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, and Connect the Dots (Wolsak & Wynn); her novels are Yellow Pages (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) and Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot (Arsenal Pulp Press).
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Nicole Markotic is a poet, novelist, and critic. Her poetry books include Bent at the Spine (BookThug), Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, and Connect the Dots (Wolsak & Wynn); her novels are Yellow Pages (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) and Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot (Arsenal Pulp Press).
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Nicole Markotic is a poet, novelist, and critic. Her poetry books include Bent at the Spine (BookThug), Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, and Connect the Dots (Wolsak & Wynn); her novels are Yellow Pages (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) and Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot (Arsenal Pulp Press).
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Rudy Wiebe is one of Canada's foremost fiction writers, published widely internationally and the winner of numerous awards, including two Governor-General's Awards. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Rudy Wiebe is one of Canada's foremost fiction writers, published widely internationally and the winner of numerous awards, including two Governor-General's Awards. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Contributor Notes

Professeur titulaire d’anglais à l’Université d’Ottawa, David Staines est l’auteur d’une vingtaine d’ouvrages, dont The Canadian Imagination: Dimensions of a Literary Culture (1977), Beyond the Provinces: Literary Canada at Century’s End (1995), The Worlds of Carol Shields (2014) et The Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro (2016).

Editorial Review

Robert Kroetsch: Essayist, Novelist, Poet is the latest in the University of Ottawa’s excellent Reappraisals: Canadian Writers series, “the longest-running book series dedicated to the study of Canadian literary subjects,” each volume (now numbering well over thirty and dating back to 1974) derived from an annual Canadian literature symposium sponsored by the English department. Over the years I’ve attended many of these gatherings, spoken at several, and certainly often saw Bob Kroetsch there. A unique and important institution in Canadian writing, one that needs ever to be noted and celebrated.

 

— https://canlit.ca/article/it-takes-a-lifetime-to-write-a-poem/

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