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Recalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production

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ReCalling Early Canada is the first substantial collection of essays to focus on the production of Canadian literary and cultural works prior to WWI. Reflecting an emerging critical interest in the literary past, the authors seek to retrieve the early repertoire available to Canadian readers—fiction and poetry certainly, but family letters, photographs, journalism, and captivity narratives are also investigated. Filling a significant gap in Canadian criticism, the authors demonstrate that to recall the past is ...
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ReCalling Early Canada is the first substantial collection of essays to focus on the production of Canadian literary and cultural works prior to WWI. Reflecting an emerging critical interest in the literary past, the authors seek to retrieve the early repertoire available to Canadian readers—fiction and poetry certainly, but family letters, photographs, journalism, and captivity narratives are also investigated. Filling a significant gap in Canadian criticism, the authors demonstrate that to recall the past is not only to shape it, but also to reshape the present. This fresh interest in the cultural past, informed by new approaches to historical inquiry, has resulted in a unique and diverse investigation of more than two centuries of a little known “early Canada.”
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Daniel Coleman is Professor of Canadian Literature and Canada Research Chair in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.

Lorraine York teaches Canadian literature at McMaster University. She has written books on Timothy Findley, Canadian fiction and photography, women’s collaborative writing, and has edited a book of essays on Margaret Atwood. She is currently finishing a book on Canadian literary celebrity.

Jennifer Blair is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at McMaster University. Her dissertation explores the connections between literature and architecture in nineteenth-century Canadian texts. She completed her BA and MA at the University of Guelph.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction : recalling early Canada : reading the political in literary and cultural production
1 Wedding "native" culture to the "modern" state : national culture, selective tradition and the politics of recalling early Canada 1
2 Feminine vulnerability, (neo)colonial captivities, and rape scares : Theresa Gowanlock, Theresa Delaney and Jessica Lynch 35
3 Historiographical revision and colonial agency : Napoleon Bourassa's Jacques et Marie 73
4 Romance, pastoral romance, and the nation in history : William Kirby's the golden dog and Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspe's Les Anciens Canadiens 91
5 Anthropomorphism and trope in the national ode 117
6 Letitia Mactavish Hargrave and Hudson's Bay Company domestic politics : negotiating kinship in letters from the Canadian north-west 145
7 The knowledge of "sex" and the lattice of the confessional : the nun's tales and early North American popular discourse 173
8 Writing (Canada) on the body : isolating the gene for "Canadian" in le petit cheval du fer? 211
9 The expatriate origins of Canadian literature 237
10 "Baptized with tears and sighs" : Sara Jeannette Duncan and the rhetoric of feminism 257
11 The search for a livable past : Frye, Crawford, and the healing link 281
12 Colonial phantasms : aboriginality and "the family" in the photographic archive 301
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