Refractions of Germany in Canadian Literature and Culture

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This volume presents a series of in-depth studies of particular authors or specific aspects of Germany in Canadian literature and culture, present and past. Individual investigations resonate with each other, adding up to a larger picture of Canada's views on Germany and things German in all their richness, complexity and historical persistence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110176667
  • Publisher: De Gruyter, Walter, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Pages: 377

Meet the Author

Heinz Antor holds a chair at the English Department of the University of Cologne, Germany. Sylvia Brown and John Considine are Assistant Professors at the Department of English of the University of Alberta at Edmonton, USA. Klaus Stierstorfer is Professor for English Literature at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Occupying Landscape We Occupy Story We Occupy Landscape 23
Diaspora and Settledness 31
Voices From the Borderlands: The Problem of "Home" in the Oral Histories of German Expellees in Canada 33
From Hungary to Germany to Canada: Gheorghiu's Twenty-Fifth Hour and Shifting Swabian Identities 57
Martin Blecher: Tom Thomson's Murderer or Victim of Wartime Prejudice? 91
Der deutsche Katholik in Kanada: An Approach to the Mentalite of German-Speaking Catholics in Canada through an Analysis of their Journal 105
The Mennonite Experience in the Novels of Rudy Wiebe 121
Dialectology, Storytelling, Memory: Jack Thiessen's Mennonite Dictionaries 145
Jewish Experience and the Holocaust 169
The Black Forest, the Unspeakable Nefas, and the Mountains of Galilee: Germany and Zionism in the Works of A. M. Klein 171
Canadian Recontextualizations of a German Nightmare: Henry Kreisel's Betrayal (1964) 195
"Flowers for Hitler": Leonard Cohen's Holocaust Poetry in the Context of Jewish and Jewish-Canadian Literature 207
Views on the Holocaust in Contemporary Canadian Plays 239
Literature and Cultural Exchange 257
"The inability to mourn": the Post-war German Psyche in Mavis Gallant's Fiction 259
Dividing and Reuniting Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters: The Black Motherline, Vergangenheitsbewaltigung Studies, and the Road Genre in Suzette Mayr's The Widows 271
Acts of (Re-)Construction: Traces of Germany in Jane Urquhart's Novel The Stone Carvers 295
Urquhart's Fairy Tale: The German Cultural Imaginary in The Stone Carvers 319
Goethe's Faust in Canada, 1834-1970 331
The New Canadian Embassy in Berlin 343
List of Contributors 365
Index 369
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