Literary Criticism

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Book Ends

By Naomi Beth Wakan

Everyone's favourite "old biddy from Gabriola Island," Naomi Beth Wakan, captures a year of her obsessive reading in her new collection Book Ends: A year between the covers. This lively conversation covers almost every genre?fiction, essays, poetry, biography, science and the ... Read more

BP Nichol

By Douglas Barbour

These studies of Canadian authors fulfill a real need in the study of Canadian literature. Each monograph is a separately bound study that contains a biography of the author, a description of the tradition and milieu that influenced the author, a survey of the criticism on the ... Read more

bp: beginnings

By bp Nichol
Edited by Stephen Cain

While bpNichol (1944-1988) has attained iconic status in Canadian literature in recent years, particularly through his lifelong poem The Martyrology and his work in visual and sound poetry, there are numerous early "fugitive" sequences that are often referred to in critical ... Read more


By Stephen Scobie

Scobie illuminates bpNichol’s relationship to Dadaism, contemporary French literary theory and the writing of Gertrude Stein, and argues strongly for Nichol’s importance as a writer of fiction.

Other titles in The New Canadian Criticism Series:

ABC of Reading the TRG

Timothy ... Read more

Bricoleur & His Sentences, The

By Stan Dragland

The Bricoleur and His Sentences is about reading, and about writing and thinking conducted with an ardent scepticism, a muscular dance between yes and but. On its way to a lively discussion of literary rhetoric and a gathering of sentences illustrating same, this book formulates ... Read more

But It's So Silly

By JonArno Lawson

How are ideas of play shaped by culture? What is imagination, or creativity, and where does poetry fit into this mix? For the past decade, award-winning children's author JonArno Lawson has been collecting children's poetry, lap rhymes, finger games and stories of how people ... Read more

Canadian Literary Prose

By Robert Cluett

What are the key stylistic elements of Margaret Atwood's prose style, or Mordecai Richler's? Does Robertson Davies's fictional style resemble that of a nineteenth-century British novel? Are Morley Callaghan and Ernest Hemingway related in terms of their stylistic mannerisms? ... Read more

Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture

By Barbara Godard

Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture is the first book to gather together essays by Barbara Godard, one of the leading and most prolific figures in the field of Canadian studies.

Godard has long been one of the most influential readers of Canadian literature. ... Read more

Canadian Performance Histories and Historiograpies

Edited by Heather Davis-Fisch
Series edited by Roberta Barker

Challenging the idea of a singular narrative of Canadian theatre history and centring on questions of historiography and methodology, the essays in this collection investigate performances that have been excluded from mainstream theatre histories and re-evaluate well-known theatre ... Read more