Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations

Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations

by Gregory Betts


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In Avant-Garde Canadian Literature, Gregory Betts draws attention to the fact that the avant-garde has had a presence in Canada long before the country's literary histories have recognized, and that the radicalism of avant-garde art has been sabotaged by pedestrian terms of engagement by the Canadian media, the public, and the literary critics. This book presents a rich body of evidence to illustrate the extent to which Canadians have been producing avant-garde art since the start of the twentieth century.

Betts explores the radical literary ambitions and achievements of three different nodes of avant-garde literary activity: mystical revolutionaries from the 1910s to the 1930s; Surrealists/Automatists from the 1920s to the 1960s; and Canadian Vorticists from the 1920s to the 1970s. Avant-Garde Canadian Literature offers an entrance into the vocabulary of the ongoing and primarily international debate surrounding the idea of avant-gardism, providing readers with a functional vocabulary for discussing some of the most hermetic and yet energetic literature ever produced in this country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442643772
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 02/27/2013
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gregory Betts is the director of the Centre for Canadian Studies and an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Theory of the Avant-Gardes in Canada
Chapter Two: The Cosmic Canadians
Chapter Three: Canadian Surrealism: The Automatists
Chapter Four: Canadian Vorticism
L'Envoi: The Future of the Avant

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