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The Thomas Chandler Haliburton Symposium

Edited and with an introduction by Frank Tierney

Publication Year: 1985

Thomas Chandler Haliburton was perhaps the only Canadian writer whose name was a household word in nineteenth-century Canada. The ten papers in this volume reappraise the historical, geographical, political and literary contexts within which Haliburton lived and worked. His letters, his historical books, the Club papers and Sam Slick sketches are all included in these valuable and lively criticisms.

Published by: University of Ottawa Press

Contents

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pp. ix-x

Contributors

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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

The strong creative pulse of modern Canadian writers attracts and holds the attention of readers and scholars with the understandable result that major figures who wrote before the twentieth century tend to be neglected. This is perhaps the condition of Thomas Chandler Haliburton who, as George Parker notes in his paper, ...

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Haliburton's "Clifton," at Windsor, Nova Scotia

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pp. 7-24

When forming an opinion about a person in history we first refer to his actions and then turn to descriptions and portraits by other people. If the person is a writer we give some weight to his writings, which often illuminate his prejudices, attitudes, and interests. Haliburton is usually quite explicit about his opinions, whether...

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Haliburton's Letters

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pp. 25-35

In Graham Greene's novel The Honorary Consul, Charley Fortnum, the honorary British Consul in Argentina, is mistakenly kidnapped by revolutionaries and is forced to pen a letter to his nearest and dearest knowing that he faces possible death. At the conclusion of his letter he says: "It's damned hard work writing letters. ...

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In Search of the Tory Mind: Thomas Chandler Haliburton and Egerton Ryerson

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pp. 37-51

In 1958, Robert McDougall suggested that Thomas Chandler Haliburton's brand of Toryism "does not connect with the present along the main stream of the country's political development."1 R. E. Watters (1968) agreed with McDougall's view that Haliburton's political vision was not mainstream.2 A. G. Bailey (1976)...

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Stratagems of Satire in North American Literature Before Haliburton: A Background Paper

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pp. 53-64

An dealing with the "art" of Haliburton's fiction, most critical studies begin by classifying his work as "humour," and on the basis of that assumption develop their approach to his narrative structures and artistic intentions. As a result, the emphasis in their analyses usually falls on his skilful use of dialect for comic effect, on the...

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The Club Papers: Haliburton's Literary Apprenticeship

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pp. 65-82

As D. C. Harvey has pointed out in "The Intellectual Awakening of Nova Scotia," the period after 1812 saw the establishment of academies, newspapers, libraries, reading societies, and other institutions which encouraged the development of an indigenous culture in the province.1 The publication of Agricola's essays in 1818-19,2 Thomas McCulloch's "Stepsure" letters in 1821-22,3 James Irving's...

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Another Look at Haliburton and His Publishers Joseph Howe and Richard Bentley: The Colonial Author and His Milieu

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pp. 83-92

I hope that you will agree with me that an important part of our symposium is the banquet honouring our subject, Thomas Chandler Haliburton. After all, a "symposium" is not merely a meeting to discuss a particular subject; a "symposium," the O.E.D. tells us, is "a convivial meeting for drinking, conversation, and intellectual...

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The First Clockmakers

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pp. 93-102

I think it is well known that contemporary texts of the first series of Haliburton's Clockmaker are probably corrupt. But in saying this, I am not wholly on the side of editorial followers of Gibbon in his Decline and Fall, for whom corruption was the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. Editorial liberty is quite another matter, especially concerning a work which—uniquely in Canadian...

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Haliburton as a Historian

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pp. 103-122

Thomas Chandler Haliburton needs little introduction to students of Maritime history and literature. From the moment the first of his satirical Clockmaker series appeared in 1836, Haliburton and his fictional hero "Sam Slick" became international celebrities. And if Haliburton's reputation has subsequently faded abroad, and suffered...

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Sam Slick and American Popular Humour

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pp. 123-133

A retrospective view of the Clockmaker series makes it clear that Haliburton deliberately established a link between various brands of the American comic spirit. Resulting from his gleanings of folk humour, his achievements were ultimately conducive to a new genre combining oral tradition, popular culture, and literature, as later exemplified...

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Haliburton's International Yankee

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pp. 135-149

After the first Clockmaker set in Nova Scotia won surprising acclaim overseas, Thomas Haliburton wrote to a former colleague living in New Brunswick, "I have another volume ready for the press, which is not so local as the other, and I think better suited for English readers."1 Consequently, the second and third Clockmaker and the four-volume...

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The Achievement of Thomas Chandler Haliburton An Assessment Panel

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pp. 151-158

At this year's symposium we have been examining Thomas Chandler Haliburton from a variety of perspectives: from and through his letters; through the architecture of his Clifton home; from and through his biography, his satire, his work in law, his historical studies, and his career as a judge. Yet through the mass of details we have accumulated, we...


E-ISBN-13: 9780776617305
E-ISBN-10: 0776617303
Print-ISBN-13: 9780776601090
Print-ISBN-10: 0776601091

Page Count: 172
Publication Year: 1985

Volume Title: 11
Series Title: Reappraisals: Canadian Writers

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Subject Headings

  • Haliburton, Thomas Chandler, 1796-1865 -- Congresses.
  • Authors, Canadian -- 19th century -- Biography -- Congresses.
  • Humorists, Canadian -- 19th century -- Biography -- Congresses.
  • Nova Scotia -- In literature -- Congresses.
  • Canada -- In literature -- Congresses.
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