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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature was first published in 1983 to great acclaim. In the fourteen years since its publication Canadian literature has enjoyed an explosion of creative talent. This exciting new edition reflects this vivid flowering, adding more than 360 new entries as well as updating material from the original to reflect recent publications and changes in the biographies of writers previously included. As before, the entries cover fiction, prose, poetry, and drama, prominent writers, literary magazines, and publishers. Highlights include The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Sandra Birdsell, Neil Bissoondath, Boston Mills Press, Caribbean-Canadian literature, Censorship, Creeps, The English Patient, William Gibson, Gay and Lesbian Literature, Barbara Gowdy, The Handmaid's Tale, Alberto Manguel, and The Rebel Angels, among many others. This completely revised edition is not only an indispensable resource, but a browser's delight for anyone interested in Canadian literature.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a worthy survey, including a wealth of information on all aspects of Canadian literature....The scope of the volume is impressive. It includes not only information about writers and poets but also publishers, publishing houses, themes and symbols in Canadian literature, and essays on individual works that stand out as landmarks in the field. It is the kind of reference work one can 'dip into' for interest or use as a quick reference tool to begin a research assignment....Highly recommended."--Booklist

"Recommended as a useful source for academic and public libraries."--Library Journal

"This is an excellent revision of a 30-year old classic....This is an invaluable acquisition for all Canadian studies programs as well as a useful purchase for literary research collections."--American Reference Books Annual, 1999

Library Journal
"Aboriginal literature," "Marie-Claire Blais," "Humour and satire," "Mystery or crime," "McGill-Queen's University Press," "Jane Rule," "Southern Ontario Gothic," and "Ukrainian-Canadian Literature" are just some of the more than 1100 entries that the second edition of this Oxford companion comprises. The text focuses on three main aspects of Canadian literature--English-Canadian, Quebe ois, and Acadian--and gives a fine balance to francophone literature and writers. Like many such literary companions, references in entries to other entries appear in all-caps. There are 342 more entries than appeared in the first edition (LJ 5/1/84), and the original 193 contributors have expanded to 325 in this volume. Nearly all the original entries have been modified or updated. One problem with this type of format for nonbiographical entries is in knowing what is here. For instance, since there is no index, save for reading the preface one would not know that there are entries on "Censorship," "Fantastic Literature and Science Fiction in French," "Multicultural Writing in French," "Southeast Asian-Canadian Literature," or "Southern Ontario Gothic." A list of nonbiographical entries would have been useful. Nevertheless, this work is recommended as a useful source for academic and public libraries.--Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The new edition contains over 1100 entries covering mainly English- Canadian, Qu<'e>b<'e>cois, and Acadian literatures. New subject entries include awards, Caribbean-Canadian literature, censorship, fantastic literature and science fiction in French, fantastic literature in English, gay literature, Italian-Canadian literature, language (English and French), lesbian literature, multicultural writing in French, Southeast Asian-Canadian literature, Southern- Ontario Gothic, and sportswriting in English. The book also includes new author and title entries, as well as extensive genre surveys. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195411676
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1218
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Benson teaches in the Department of English at the University of Guelph. His edited volumes include the Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre and the Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. William Toye, longtime Editorial Director for OUP Canada, edited the original Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature.

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