A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature

eBook - 2004
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When first published in 1972, Survival was considered the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. Since then, it has continued to be read and taught, and it continues to shape the way Canadians look at themselves. Distinguished, provocative, and written in effervescent, compulsively readable prose, Survival is simultaneously a book of criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: "What have been the central preoccupations of our poetry and fiction?" Her answer is "survival and victims."

Atwood applies this thesis in twelve brilliant, witty, and impassioned chapters; from Moodie to MacLennan to Blais, from Pratt to Purdy to Gibson, she lights up familiar books in wholly new perspectives.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : M & S, 2004, c1972.
ISBN: 9781551995540
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 302 p.)


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May 23, 2017

Although this edition was published in 2012 with a new forward by Margaret Atwood, it is too bad that the author doesn't thoroughly update this 1972 Canadian literature survey to bring it into the 21st century to include the many prize-winning Canadian writers of the intervening 50 years.


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May 23, 2017

The renowned Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood, surveys Canadian writing on twelve themes and compares to American and British writing on the same topics. Atwood brings her dry humour and strong opinions to lighten a book that is well suited to a Canadian literature class or a book club.


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