Five-part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada

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University of Toronto Press, 2004 M01 1 - 371 páginas

The literary history of a nation is one of the main cornerstones of its national identity. As a result of Canada's diverse cultural history, however, its literary history is varied and, as E.D. Blodgett contends, is composed of five parts that work to create the whole. These parts include English Canada, French Canada, First Nations communities, Inuit communities, and immigrant communities. Using the critical writing on constructing nationhood, E.D. Blodgett suggests that Canadian literary histories can be used to address the problem of nation and to examine how each of the several 'national' groups that compose Canada develops unique narratives that demonstrate their different responses to the notion of nationhood and their sense of place within Canada's borders.

The first such history of its kind in Canada, Five-Part Invention offers a means of reading ethnic difference through cultural representations: the concentration on place and spatial configuration in English Canadian literature; the focus on time and history in French Canadian literature; the cultural trauma of the First Nations and Inuit literature; and the losses and ambiguous recoveries of ethnic minority writing. Blodgett concludes by addressing the roots of Canada's fragmented literary history and speculates on the reasons that this tradition continues today. Original, intelligent, and provocative, Five-Part Invention brings an entirely new perspective to the notion of literary history and will greatly influence the study of Canadian literature in the future.

 

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Writing Borders 18741920
23
The Nation as Discourse 19241946
54
The Search for Agency 19481965
94
Notre Maître le Passé 19671969
127
Literary History as Heilsgeschichte 19731983
151
Autonomy Literature and the National 1991
181
Histories of Their Own 19681993
207
The View from Europe 18951961
239
Canada by Canadians for Europeans 19741989
263
Afterthoughts Models Possibilities
290
Notes
305
Bibliography
343
Index
359
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E.D. Blodgett is University Professor Emeritus with the Centre d'études canadiennes at the University of Alberta.

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