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Literary Criticism Canadian

The Canadian Postmodern

A Study of Contemporary Canadian Fiction, Reissue

by (author) Linda Hutcheon

Publisher
Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2012
Category
Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780195406689
    Publish Date
    Oct 1988
    List Price
    $31.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780199001798
    Publish Date
    Nov 2012
    List Price
    $21.95

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The postmodern novel was a surprisingly and often poorly understood phenomenon of the 1980s and 1990s, in which many artists explored issues of how art represents the world. These works are characterized by a certain self-reflexivity, a determination to foreground the process of artistic creation, and the previously often backgrounded role played by the artist. Linda Hutcheon's groundbreaking exploration of postmodernism in Canadian fiction, first published in 1988, provides a clear and fascinating explanation of this tendency towards self-consciousness and self-parody in many of the novels of this period. Her original choice of a cover design by artist Nigel Scott is a clue to the self-reflexive nature of postmodern art, and is reproduced again in this new edition of Hutcheon's excellent study.

The Canadian Postmodern examines the theory and practice of postmodernism as seen through both contemporary cultural theory and the writings of Audrey Thomas, Michael Ondaatje, Robert Kroetsch, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Jack Hodgins, Aritha Van Herk, Leonard Cohen, Susan Swan, Clark Blaise, George Bowering, and others.

A new preface by Aritha van Herk looks back on Hutcheon's key contributions to the field of postmodern fiction in Canada - and how this phenomenon looks some twenty years later.

About the author

Linda Hutcheon holds the rank of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. A specialist in postmodernist culture and in critical theory, on which she has published nine books, she has also worked collaboratively in large projects involving hundreds of scholars.

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Editorial Reviews

"Hutcheon has produced an impressive criticism which withstands the toll of time."

--The Prairie Journal

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