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Literary Criticism Canadian

White Civility

The Literary Project of English Canada

by (author) Daniel Coleman

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2008
Category
Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802096425
    Publish Date
    Jun 2008
    List Price
    $44.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780802037077
    Publish Date
    Jun 2006
    List Price
    $84.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442683358
    Publish Date
    May 2006
    List Price
    $86.00

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In White Civility Daniel Coleman breaks the long silence in Canadian literary and cultural studies around Canadian whiteness and examines its roots as a literary project of early colonials and nation-builders. He argues that a specific form of whiteness emerged in Canada that was heavily influenced by Britishness. Examining four allegorical figures that recur in a wide range of Canadian writings between 1820 and 1950 - the Loyalist fratricide, the enterprising Scottish orphan, the muscular Christian, and the maturing colonial son - Coleman outlines a genealogy of Canadian whiteness that remains powerfully influential in Canadian thinking to this day.

Blending traditional literary analysis with the approaches of cultural studies and critical race theory, White Civility examines canonical literary texts, popular journalism, and mass market bestsellers to trace widespread ideas about Canadian citizenship during the optimistic nation-building years as well as during the years of disillusionment that followed the First World War and the Great Depression. Tracing the consistent project of white civility in Canadian letters, Coleman calls for resistance to this project by transforming whiteness into wry civility, unearthing rather than disavowing the history of racism in Canadian literary culture.

About the author

After finishing high school in Ethiopia, Daniel Coleman earned university degrees at the University of Regina and the University of Alberta. He now holds the Canada Research Chair in Critical Ethnicity and Race Study in the English department of McMaster University. Daniel Coleman is a leading researcher in the depiction of immigrant men in Canadian literature. He has won the John Charles Polanyi Prize for his study of how literary texts produce and reinforce categories of cultural identification such as gender, ethnicity and nationality. His critically acclaimed book, Masculine Migrations: Reading the Postcolonial Male in "New Canadian" Narratives, published in 1998 by University of Toronto Press, is considered the foundational Canadian work in the field. While being a bahir-zaff throughout his childhood brought Daniel Coleman the pain of never fully belonging, it also gave him the immeasurable benefits and insights of an intercultural life. Several of his essays on his missionary childhood have appeared in magazines and journals. "The Babies in the Colonial Washtub," included in a revised form in The Scent of the Eucalyptus, won a Silver Medal in the National Magazine Awards. 

Daniel Coleman's profile page

Awards

  • Winner, Raymond Klibansky Prize

Other titles by Daniel Coleman

Yardwork

A Biography of an Urban Place

by (author) Daniel Coleman

Beyond "Understanding Canada"

Transnational Perspectives on Canadian Literature

edited by Melissa Tanti, Jeremy Haynes, Daniel Coleman & Lorraine York
contributions by Michael Bucknor, Anne Collett, Pilar Cuder-Domínguez, Ana María Fraile-Marcos, Cristina Ivanovici, Milena Kalicanin, Smaro Kamboureli, Katalin Kürtösi, Vesna Lopicic, Belén Martín-Lucas, Claire Omhovère, Lucia Otrísalová, Don Sparling, Christl Verduyn & Elizabeth Yeoman

The Foreigner

A Tale of Saskatchewan

by (author) Ralph Connor
afterword by Daniel Coleman

Retooling the Humanities

The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities

edited by Daniel Coleman & Smaro Kamboureli

Countering Displacements

The Creativity and Resilience of Indigenous and Refugee-ed Peoples

edited by Daniel Coleman, Erin Goheen Glanville, Wafaa Hasan & Agnes Kramer-Hamstra
contributions by Subhasri Ghosh, Jon Gordon, Catherine Graham, Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed, Mazen Masri, Jean McDonald & Pavithra Narayanan

Narratives of Citizenship

Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples Unsettle the Nation-State

edited by Aloys N.M. Fleischmann, Nancy Van Styvendale & Cody McCarroll
contributions by David Chariandy, Lily Cho, Daniel Coleman, Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Sydney Iaukea, Marco Katz, Lindy Ledohowski, Carmen Robertson, Laura Schechter, Paul Ugor, Dorothy Woodman & Robert Zacharias

In Bed with the Word

Reading, Spirituality, and Cultural Politics

by (author) Daniel Coleman

ReCalling Early Canada

Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production

edited by Jennifer Blair, Daniel Coleman, Kate Higginson & Lorraine York
foreword by Carole Gerson

Scent of Eucalyptus

A Missionary Childhood in Ethiopia

by (author) Daniel Coleman