The vast majority of Canadians live in cities, yet for the most part, discussions of Canadian literature have failed to actively engage with the country's urban experience. Canada's prevalent myths continue to be about nordicity and the wilderness, and, stereotypically at least, its literature is often perceived as being about small towns, rural areas, and 'roughing it in the bush.'
Downtown Canada is a collection of essays that addresses Canada as an urban place. The contributors focus their attention on the writing of Canada's cities - including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Halifax - and call attention to the centrality of the city in Canadian literature. They examine how characters are affected by the urban experience in works by a group of authors as diverse as the country itself: Hugh MacLennan, Jovette Marchessault, Michael Ondaatje, Austin Clarke, and Gerald Lynch, to name just a few. Editors Justin D. Edwards and Douglas Ivison have brought together an esteemed group of international Canadian literary scholars, and together they have created a book that is timely and unique, questioning conventional assumptions about Canadian literature, and Canadian culture more generally.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Product dimensions:||6.22(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.88(d)|
About the Author
Justin D. Edwards is an associate professor in the Department of English at Københavns Universitet.
Douglas Ivison is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Lakehead University.
Table of Contents
Douglas Ivison and Justin D. Edwards
'An Ordered Absence: Defeated Topologies in Canadian Literature'
Orient Dreams: Urbanity and the Post-Confederation Literacy Culture of Ottawa
Postcolonial Historicity: Halifax, Region and Empire in Barometer rising and the Nymph and the Lamp
Christopher J. Armstrong
La ville en vol / City in Flight: Tracing Lesbian E-Motion through Jovette Marchessault's Comme un enfant de la terre
Cities and Classrooms, Bodies and Texts: Notes Towards a Resident Reading (and teaching) of Vancouver Writing
Lost in the City: The Montreal Novels of Regine Robin and Robert Majzels
Inside-Outside the Glass City: Toronto, the Canadian Immigrant City
Batia Boe Stolar
Divided Cities, Divided Selves: Portraits of the artist as Ambivalent Urban Hipster
Rewriting White Flight: Suburbia in Gerald Lynch's Troutstream and Joan Barfoot's Dancing in the Dark
Dueling and Dwelling in Toronto and London: Transnational Urbanism in Catherine Bush's The Rules of Engagement
John Clement Ball
Justin D. Edwards and Douglas Ivison