RE: Reading the Postmodern
Canadian Literature and Criticism after Modernism
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Ottawa Press
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Introduction: Post-, Marked Canada
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At one time in the academic and intellectual life in this country, various discourses of literature, visual art, and architecture lay significant institutional forces that channelled a genuine enthu-and readers (less often producers) into publishing contracts, ac-ademic conferences, and university syllabi. While it is true, as ...
Boundary 2 and the Canadian Postmodern
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I propose to give a personal account of my experience as co-editor, with William Spanos, of boundary 2: a journal of postmodern literature while I was teaching at the State University of New York at Binghamton. I will explore the origins of my version of ...
Canadian Postmodernisms: Misreadings and Non-readings
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Theorists of the postmodern usually locate themselves outside of the postmodernisms they study. Linda Hutcheonâs books are not in their form postmodern texts, nor are those of Brian...
En Garde! Traditions, Counter-Traditions, Anti-Traditions
Postmodern Postmortem: Irony and Literary History in Linda Hutcheonâs Poetics
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In the opening pages of her 1994 study Ironyâs Edge: The Theory and Politics of Irony, Linda Hutcheon bid farewell to her widely influential work of the 1980s and early 1990s on postmodern poetics...
Getting Ready to Have Been Postmodern
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âPostmodernism,â as a category of literary analysis, is now more than two decades old in Canadaâbut despite copious volumes of work done on the subject since the influential publication of The Canadian Postmodern by Linda Hutcheon in 1988, the...
Feeling Ugly: Daniel Jones, Lynn Crosbie, and Canadian Postmodernismâs Second Wave
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It is surely not provocative to assert that postmodern literature in Canada, as it has been produced and analyzed during the last forty years, is neither uniform nor cohesive; postmodern discourse, of course, revels in fragmentation, multiplicity, undecidability...
Reconciling Regionalism: Spatial Epistemology, Robert Kroetsch, and the Roots of Canadian Postmodern Fiction
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Few scholars are likely to remember that it was actually a Canadian group, Le Conseil des Universiti
Postmodern Decadence in Canadian Sound and Visual Poetry
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In the groundbreaking book on Canadian modernism Aestheticism and the Canadian Modernists, Brian Trehearne concludes with a rather whimsical speculation about Canadian postmodernism. Having successfully demonstrated the dominant in...
Attack of the âLattÃ©-drinking Relativistsâ: Postmodernism, Historiography, and Historical Fiction
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Part of the prevailing mood in Canadian literature and literary criticism with the turn of the millennium is a sense that postmodernism might have reached its zenith. This collection, which follows the publication of Linda Hutcheonâs influential...
âThe Postmodern Impasseâ and Guy Vanderhaegheâs The Englishman's Boy
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In The Canadian Postmodern, Linda Hutcheon identifies what she sees as a productive âparadoxâ that characterizes the novels she terms âhistoriographic metafiction.â In Hutcheonâs...
Postmodern Realism and Photographic Subjectivity in The Stone Diaries
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On the cover of Linda Hutcheonâs The Canadian Postmodern (1988) is an image by Canadian photographer Nigel Scott (Figure 1), which Hutcheon describes as paradigmatic of postmodern parody because it simultaneously exploits and undercuts...
Re-performing Microhistories: Postmodern Metatheatricality in Canadian Millennial Drama
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Twenty years ago, Ric Knowles published a seminal article, âReplaying History: Canadian Historiographic Metadrama.â In that article, he transposes Linda Hutcheonâs model of historiographic metafictionâwhich she applies almost exclusively to...
F the Ineffable! The Allegorical Intention in Ghostmodernism
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If saints are by definition unfuckable, Leonard Cohenâs exhortation in Beautiful Losers to âFuck a saint!â is an oxymoronic imperative, a bid to do the impossible. In my (and Cohenâs) working definition, a saint stands as a metonym of the ineffable; fucking, on the other hand, is commonly seen as pertaining to...
Bowering, Postmodernism, and Canadian Nationalism: A Short Sad Book
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In conversation with Alan Twigg in 1988, George Bowering remarked that nobody writes about his 1977 novel A Short Sad Book and that âeverybody is writing articles now on Burning Water.â Indeed, the later novel has received more critical attention...
Re: Reading the PostmodernââMess is Loreâ
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The symposium Re: Reading the Postmodern held at the University of Ottawa in the spring of 2008 brought together several generations of Canadian poets, literary scholars, and scholarsto- be.2 My paper enacts this generational crisscross. I argue for....
Why Postmodernism Now? Toward a Poetry of Enactment
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Drawing on the work of Fredric Jameson in their call for papers, the organizers of Re: Reading the Postmodern asked contributors to consider whether postmodernism might be better understood....
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Brookerâs stories, essays, and manifestos was published by the University of Ottawa Press in 2009. His essays have appeared in journals such as Studies in Canadian Literature, Essays on Cana-dian Writing, and many others. He has three books of poetry: If Press, 2009), and Psychic Geographies and other Topics (Quattro ...
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Page Count: 440
Illustrations: 18 b&w photographs
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Reappraisals: Canadian Writers