Novels and The Nation: Essays In Canadian Literature by Frank BirbalsinghNovels and The Nation: Essays In Canadian Literature by Frank Birbalsingh

Novels and The Nation: Essays In Canadian Literature

byFrank Birbalsingh

Paperback | January 1, 1995

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Whatever it has meant historically and come to mean today, Canadian identity has always been felt passionately, even as Canadian nationhood has been perceived to be at the brink, under attack from forces both withing and without the country.

In these eighteen essays Frank Birbalsingh discusses the evolution of Canadian identity and nationhood as reflected, predominantly, in the English fiction of this country, from the writings of the first British expatriate, though the colonial, Empire-conscious works of the nineteenth century, to the strongly nationalistic literary consciousness of the mid-twentieth century and finally the contemporary works of a multicultural contry continually transforming itself.

This is a timely work, with fresh insights on over thirty writers, including Sara Jeanette Duncan, Stephen Leacock, Mordecai Richler, Marian Engel, Austin Clarke, Robertson Davies, Ethel Wilson, and considerations of Native, Jewish, Caribbean and South Asian writers.

Frank Birbalsingh is professor of Englihs at York University, Toronto. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews and editor of Jahaji Bhai, Indenture and Exile, Indo-Caribbean Resistance, and Jahaji
Title:Novels and The Nation: Essays In Canadian LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.76 × 5.77 × 0.6 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.

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Table of Contents

Inroduction (vii), Novels and the Nation (1), Aboriginals in Canadian Literature (6), France in the Canadian Novel (15), Sara jeanette Duncan's Indian Fiction (25), Stephen Leacock and Canadian Literary Sensibility (35), Robertson Davies and Canadian Provincialism (46), E. J Pratt: The Tension of His Time (56), Grove and Existentialism (65), Frank Sargeson and Morley Callaghan (76), Ethel Wilson: Innocent Traveller (88), The Early Fiction of Mordecai Richler (100), Margaret Laurence's Short Stories (108), Women in Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women (124), The Fiction of Marian Engel (132), The Toronto Novels of Austin Clarke (140), South Asian Canadian Novels in English the 1970s (146), South Asian Canadian Writers from Africa and the Caribbean (154), Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient (169), Notes (173), Index (183)