When Words Deny the World: The Reshaping of Canadian Writing by Stephen HenighanWhen Words Deny the World: The Reshaping of Canadian Writing by Stephen Henighan

When Words Deny the World: The Reshaping of Canadian Writing

byStephen Henighan

Paperback | March 15, 2002

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`It's the liveliest, most cogently argued, most provocative and most infuriatingly self-satisfied work of literary criticism to be published in this country in at least the last decade.'

Stephen Henighan is the author of four books of fiction, including the novel The Places Where Names Vanish (Thistledown 1998) and the short story collection North of Tourism (Cormorant 1999), which was selected as a `What's New What's Hot' title by chapters.indigo.ca. His short fiction has been published in more than thirty journals an...
Title:When Words Deny the World: The Reshaping of Canadian WritingFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088984240X

ISBN - 13:9780889842403

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Table of Contents

Introduction: One Writer Reads ...

Part One: Writers and Words

Josef Skvorecky and Canadian Cultural Cringe
Writing in Canadian: The Problem of the Novel
Layton and the Feminist
In the Heart of Toronto's Darkness
Behind the Best-Seller List
`Appropriation of Voice': An Open Letter
The Terrible Truth About `Appropriation of Voice'
A Language for the Americas
Giller's Version
The Canadian Writer Between Post-Colonialism and Globalization
Linking Short Stories in an Age of Fragmentation

Part Two: When Words Deny the World

1. Free Trade Fiction:
The Victory of Metaphor Over History

2. Vulgarity on Bloor:
Literary Institutions from CanLit to TorLit

3. `They Can't Be About Things Here':
The Reshaping of the Canadian Novel


Editorial Reviews

`Henighan is at his best when taking on individual works or writers. His analysis of such classics of ``free trade fiction'' as The English Patient, Fugitive Pieces, and The Stone Diaries are some of the most blistering and erudite pieces of Canadian literary criticism ever published, displaying his knowledge of post-colonial literary theory and the dynamics of the written word. Though unnecessarily bilious at times, Henighan puts the average book reviewer to shame in these pieces.'