Leaving Shadows: Literature in English by Canada's Ukrainians by Lisa GrekulLeaving Shadows: Literature in English by Canada's Ukrainians by Lisa Grekul

Leaving Shadows: Literature in English by Canada's Ukrainians

byLisa Grekul

Paperback | December 16, 2005

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"On our way home, we stopped in Vegreville for one last look at the Pysanka-and, posing in front of it while my dad pulled out his camera, I wanted to cry. Are we doomed? Click. Is this all we are? Click. How do we drag ourselves out from under the shadow of the giant egg? Click." Conceived in a fervent desire for fresher, sexier images of Ukrainian culture in Canada, and concluding with a new reading of enduring cultural stereotypes, Leaving Shadows is the first Canadian book-length monograph on English Ukrainian writing, with substantive analysis of the writing of Myrna Kostash, Andrew Suknaski, George Ryga, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Vera Lysenko, and Maara Haas.
Originally from St. Paul, Alberta, Lisa Grekul has lived in Mbabane (Swaziland), Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Alberta, and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Now residing in Kelowna, she teaches Canadian literature in the Department of Critical S...
Title:Leaving Shadows: Literature in English by Canada's UkrainiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.97 × 6.01 × 0.76 inPublished:December 16, 2005Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888644523

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Editorial Reviews

"Grekul's account offers a kind of synthetic treatment that has rarely been provided. She focuses on Lysenko, Maara Haas, George Ryga, Andrew Suknaski, Janice Kulyk Keefer, and Myrna Kostash, but also contextualizes their writings by providing a chapter on the first Anglo-Canadian novels dealing with Ukrainians..The discussion of issues like multiculturalism and contemporary return-to-the-homeland writing is nuanced and bold, and offers new approaches and methods of analysis.. Unfortunately, argues the author, the heavy focus on race in recent discussions around multiculturalism and diversity has obscured the substantial contributions that other ethnic minority writers have made to the issues of assimilation, multiculturalism, and transculturalism; the intersection of ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality; and nationalism, transnationalism, and diaspora. Sensitively written (even when it is iconoclastic in its readings of individual authors), the book provides an excellent historical overview of the Ukrainian-Canadian experience. It should be considered essential reading for anyone dealing with the subject, and can profitably be used as a text for a number of courses, particularly those dealing with ethnicity, national identity, and Canadian literature." Myroslav Shkandrij, Canadian Book Review Annual 2007