Contemporary Canadian Women S Fiction: Refiguring Identities

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Oktober 2003



This book charts the significant changes in contemporary Canada's literary profile since the mid-1990s, within a context of the new national rhetoric of multiculturalism. By looking closely at a representative range of fictions in English by women from a variety of ethnocultural backgrounds, Howells examines the complexities embedded within Canadian identity. What does 'Refiguring Identities' mean for these writers, given their individual agendas and the multiple affiliation of any woman's identity construction? All these writers are engaged in rewriting history across generation, and Howells argues that woman's fiction negotiates new possibilities for cultural change, introducing more heterogeneous narratives of identity in multi-cultural Canada.


Introduction: Negotiating Cultural Change in Multicultural Canada 'Don't Ever ask for a True Story': Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace (1996) 'Intimate Dislocation': Alice Munro, Open Secrets (1994);
Love of a Good Woman (1998) 'Identities Cut in Freestone': Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries (1993);
Larry's Party (1997) 'Between;
or Where is home?' Nomandic Subjects: Kate Pullinger, The Last Tim I Saw Jane (1996) and Ann Michaels, Fugitive Pieces (1996) Fighting to Make the World Larger, Not Smaller;: Ann-Marie Macdonald, Fall on Your Knees (1996) 'The Wilderness of Memory": Kerri Sakamato, The Electrical Field (1998) 'The Immigrant fiction': Shani Mootoo, Cereus Blooms at Night (1996) 'First Nations': Gail Anderson Dargatz, The Cure for Death by Lightning (1996) and Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach (2000)


CORAL ANN HOWELLS is Professor of English and Canadian Literature at the University of Reading, England. Born and educated in Australia, she obtained her PhD in London. She has been Visiting Professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario, and has lectured extensively on Canadian women's fiction and women's writing in other postcolonial literatures in English in the United States, Europe, India and Australia. Her previous books include Love, Mystery and Misery, Private and Fictional Words: Canadian Women Novelists of the 1970's and 80s, Jean Rhys, Margaret Atwood, and Alice Munro, together with numerous essays published in international journals.

EAN: 9780312239008
ISBN: 0312239009
Untertitel: 2003. Auflage. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2003
Seitenanzahl: 230 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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