Gothic Canada: Reading the Spectre of a National Literature by Justin D. EdwardsGothic Canada: Reading the Spectre of a National Literature by Justin D. Edwards

Gothic Canada: Reading the Spectre of a National Literature

byJustin D. Edwards

Paperback | February 2, 2010

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Canadians have always been obsessed with the idea of their own identities. Stories that tell us who we are provide a reassuring sense of identity for the individual and the nation. Hockey. Maple Leaves. Beavers. But collective stories tend to be haunted by a fear that a shared narrative might be nothing more than an elaborate artifice. This fear has long been a source of gothic inspiration for Canadian writers. A haunted Canadian self returns again and again. Polite. Friendly. Not American. With examples of gothic discourse from Canadian fiction, autobiography, film, poetry, and drama, Justin Edwards analyzes the ghost at the heart of the nation. A major contribution to cultural and literary studies, Gothic Canada unearths two centuries of Canadian gothic writings to reveal uncanny traditions of trauma, repression, and monstrosity.
Justin D. Edwards is Chair in Gothic Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Title:Gothic Canada: Reading the Spectre of a National LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6.11 × 0.55 inPublished:February 2, 2010Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888644418

ISBN - 13:9780888644411


Editorial Reviews

"This book could have been called 'Negotiating with the Dead', for it is a literary study of how Canadian narratives of national identity and history are haunted and undermined by stories from the past. ... With his choice of literary texts and films from the nineteenth to the late twentieth century, Edwards offers an overview of crisis nodes in Canada's history, suggesting that a gothic discourse of anxiety and even terror shadows national assertions of 'peace, order and good government.' He emphasises cultural, political, and psychological dimensions of 'northern gothic, Native gothic, diasporic gothic, and the gothic films of David Cronenberg and Lynne Stopkewich." – Coral Ann Howells, University of Reading, British Journal of Canadian Studies, 19.2