Writing Alberta: Building on a Literary Identity
Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Sales Date: 2017-06-02
Published: June 2017
280 Pages, 5.80 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
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Writing Alberta: Continuities, Interventions, and Lacunae
George Melnyk and Donna Coates
Chapter 1. My Alberta Home
Chapter 2. ?My Bones Have Known this Land Long Before Alberta Was Born?: Intersection in Indigenous Geography and Creative Expression
Chapter 3. Strategies for Storying the Terrible Truth in John Estacio?s and John Murrell?s Filumena and Betty Jane Hegerat?s the Boy
Tamara Palmer Seiler
Chapter 4. Alberta?s Environmental Janus: Andrew Nikiforuk and Chris Turner
Chapter 5. Alberta in the Alberta Novels of David Albahari
Chapter 6. Science and the City: The Poetics of Alice Major?s Edmonton
Chapter 7. Double Vision in Betty Lambert?s Jennie?s Story
Chapter 8. Seeing Seeing, and Telling Telling: Framing and Transparency in Robert Kroetsch?s The Hornbooks of Rita K. and James Turrell?s ?Twilight Art?
Chapter 9. The Mythological and the Real: Sheila Watson?s Life and Writing
Chapter 10. Gwen Pharis Ringwood and Elsie Park Gowan: Writing the Land, 1933-1979
Chapter 11. Writing Alberta?s History
R. Douglas Francis
Chapter 12. Fin de Siècle Lunacy in Fred Stenson?s The Great Karoo
Chapter 13. The ?Father? of Ukrainian-language Fiction and Nonfiction in Alberta: Rev. Nestor Dmytrow, 1863-1925
Imagine, if you will, that you are standing beside me in a bookstore. Then imagine me telling you that I am reading a collection of academic essays about Alberta writers. Is that you I see streaking away to the farthest bookshelf? Is that me you see streaking away beside you? Well, no, not this time.
According to poet John Ciardi, the best that any literary analysis can do is to prepare the reader to enter a work more perceptively. It's a subtle gift, and the best of the 13 essays in Writing Alberta do just that.. As a whole, Writing Alberta will deepen understanding of Alberta literature? Early writers could be as full of hiss and vinegar as writers today - and as determined to find effective ways to write about this place we call Alberta.
- Merna Summers, Alberta Views
Writing Alberta is an extraordinary collection of thirteen deftly crafted and presented essays? [It] is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Canadian Literary Studies collections.
- Helen Dumont, Midwest Book Review