Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature

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Overview

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. This new edition features a foreword by the author.

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Editorial Reviews

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It’s a terrific book, enraging, alive–and I wish someone would give it to every continentalist in the Cabinet and every smug academic in all the cosy common rooms across this colonized land.”
–Christina Newman, Maclean’s

Survival is a fine example of what happens when a first-rate intelligence takes on a task usually carried out by literary morons.”
–George Woodcock, Vancouver Sun

“…the most important book that has come out of this country.”
–Phyllis Grosskurth, Globe and Mail
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770892538
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
  • Publication date: 6/20/2012
  • Series: A List
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,317,357
  • File size: 551 KB

Meet the Author

Margaret  Atwood
Margaret Atwood is one of the world's preeminent writers -- winner of the Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Literary Award, among many other honours. She is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. She and her spouse, writer Graeme Gibson, are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Club within Birdlife International. She is an International Vice President of PEN.
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    1. Hometown:
      Toronto, Ontario
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 18, 1939
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ottawa, Ontario
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction By Margaret Atwood
What, Why, And Where Is Here?
How To Use This Book

Survival
Nature The Monster
Animal Victims
First People: Indians And Eskimos As Symbols
Ancestral Totems: Explorers • Settlers
Family Portrait: Masks Of The Bear
Failed Sacrifices: The Reluctant Immigrant
The Casual Incident Of Death: Futile Heroes, Unconvincing Martyrs And Other Bad Ends
The Paralyzed Artist
Ice Women Vs Earth Mothers: The Stone Angel And The Absent Venus
QuŽbec: Burning Mansions
Jail-Breaks And Re-Creations

Sources Of Epigraphs
Authors’ Index

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