In this Book

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Margaret Atwood called Ernest Buckler “one of the pathbreakers for the modern Canadian novel,” yet he has slipped into relative obscurity. This new book by Marta Dvořák, Ernest Buckler: Rediscovery and Reassessment breaks new ground in Canadian literary studies by analyzing some of Buckler’s works that have remained unknown or unexplored by critics, and by addressing the formalistic innovations of these texts. It allows a general readership to discover — and an international specialized readership to reassess — the wide, even eclectic scope of an author best known for his first novel, The Mountain and the Valley.

Marta Dvořák situates Buckler firmly within his cultural and intellectual environment. She argues the importance of his connections with Emerson and the American transcendental milieu, and demonstrates his links with Romantics such as Schopenhauer and Shelley and modernists like Joyce, Faulkner, and Mansfield, as well as intellectuals from Aristotle to Aquinas. She explores his philosophical vision and his complex, adventurous relationship with language. Extracts from Buckler’s published and unpublished material juxtaposed with those from a wide range of writers (from Henry James to Foucault) offer new illuminating perspectives.

The progressive structure of the book will draw readers in to discussions on shared concerns: the nostalgia for a vanished past, the relationship between family and community, the rural and the urban, or the questioning of, and coming to terms with, ethics and the social fabric of today’s rapidly changing technological horizon in which traditional values are eroding.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part One
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. Chapter 1. "A Literary Giant Scorned?"
  2. pp. 15-28
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  1. Chapter 2. The Publishing History and Reception of Buckler's Major Works
  2. pp. 29-60
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  1. Part Two
  2. pp. 61-62
  1. Chapter 3. Buckler's Ontological Commitment
  2. pp. 63-100
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  1. Chapter 4. The Word and the World
  2. pp. 101-126
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  1. Chapter 5. Aesthetics and Ethics
  2. pp. 127-153
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  1. Chapter 6. Arcadia and Death
  2. pp. 153-190
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  1. Chapter 7. The Rhetorical Phenomenon: Occupying the Interspace Where Subject and Object Are Joined by Language
  2. pp. 191-228
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 233-248
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 249-260
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 261-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-279
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