As a comparative study which includes the analysis of both English-Canadian and Quebec novels, this book provides an overview of the novel as it has developed in this country since the Second World War. Focusing on narratological rather than thematic elements, the book represents a systematic application of the insights and analytical tools of reader-reception theory, in particular the models proposed by Wolfgang Iser and Hans Robert Jauss. Placing the emphasis on the text and its effects rather than on the historical or psycho-sociological genesis of the text, the author invokes the models and paradigms of other literatures to establish a broader cultural context permitting the significance of a literature to emerge as a carrier of meaning in and beyond the culture that produces it. Tracing a critical path from Hugh MacLennan's hierarchic romance structures and Gabrielle Roy's social realism to the metafictions of Hubert Aquin and Timothy Findley, the author reveals that the novel's narratological features themselves are often closely linked with ideological positions.
About the authors
Rosmarin Heidenreich holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto, and is the author of numerous articles and essays on Canadian writing. She has taught in the English Departments of the University of Tübingen and Freiburg, West Germany, and is presently teaching at St. Boniface College, University of Manitoba.
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.
"This is a rare book, one that offers individual textural interpretations, a historical overview, and new tools of analysis derived from reader-response theory. In short, it is a most valuable addition to a field which has much need of such work: comparative Canadian criticism."
from the Foreword
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Comparative Literature for the New Century
Greening the Maple
Canadian Ecocriticism in Context
The Canadian Postmodern
A Study of Contemporary Canadian Fiction, Reissue
Trends in Canadian Art, 1970-1990
Rethinking Literary History
A Dialogue on Theory
George Woodcock's Introduction to Canadian Fiction
Essays on Verbal and Visual Ironies in Canadian Contemporary Art and Literature
Leonard Cohen and His Works
The Metafictional Paradox