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DisPossession: Haunting in Canadian Fiction
     

DisPossession: Haunting in Canadian Fiction

by Marlene Goldman
 

Much of Canada's contemporary fiction displays an eerie fascination with the supernatural. In DisPossession, Marlene Goldman investigates the links between spectral motifs and the social and historical influences that have shaped Canada. Incorporating both psychoanalytic and non-traditional methods of literary analysis, Goldman explores the ways in which spectral

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Much of Canada's contemporary fiction displays an eerie fascination with the supernatural. In DisPossession, Marlene Goldman investigates the links between spectral motifs and the social and historical influences that have shaped Canada. Incorporating both psychoanalytic and non-traditional methods of literary analysis, Goldman explores the ways in which spectral fictions are an expression of definitive Canadian experiences such as the clashes between invading settler and indigenous populations, the losses incurred by immigration and diaspora, and the alienation of the female body. In so doing, Goldman unearths some of the "ghosts" of Canadian society itself - old tensions and injustices that continue to haunt ethnic and gender relations. An important contribution to the discussion of the challenges posed by the Gothic to dominant literary, political, and social narratives, DisPossession asserts that Canadian spectral fictions have the power to alter accepted versions of Canadian history by invoking and troubling the process of generating collective memories.

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"[Marlene Goldman] thoughtfully positions her argument in terms of recent scholarship and clearly sets out key elements of Gothic literature (as she does for magic realism elsewhere). For these reasons, this is a text that will be useful to both the diligent undergraduate new to the field of postcolonialism and to the seasoned scholar who has sought out Goldman's articles over the years." Jennifer Williams, Chimo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773539501
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author


Marlene Goldman is a professor of English, University of Toronto, and the author of Rewriting Apocalypse in Canadian Fiction.

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