Rewriting Apocalypse in Canadian Fiction

Rewriting Apocalypse in Canadian Fiction

by Marlene Goldman
     
 

Traditional apocalyptic narratives highlight the drama of a chosen elect. Contemporary Canadian fiction, however, typically portrays the apocalypse from the perspective of marginalized individuals barred from paradise, creating a distinctly anti-apocalyptic discourse. Rewriting Apocalypse in Canadian Fiction is the first book to explore the literary, psychological,…  See more details below

Overview

Traditional apocalyptic narratives highlight the drama of a chosen elect. Contemporary Canadian fiction, however, typically portrays the apocalypse from the perspective of marginalized individuals barred from paradise, creating a distinctly anti-apocalyptic discourse. Rewriting Apocalypse in Canadian Fiction is the first book to explore the literary, psychological, political, and cultural repercussions of the apocalypse in the fiction of Timothy Findley, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, Thomas King, and Joy Kogawa, Marlene Goldman traces the history of the apocalyptic literary tradition and its key motifs in close readings of these Canadian works, which challenge rather than embrace apocalypse's key features.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773529045
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Marlene Goldman is professor of English, University of Toronto at Scarborough. She is the author of Paths of Desire: Images of Exploration and Mapping in Canadian Women's Writing.

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