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The Symposium gratefully acknowledges the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the University of Ottawa, its Faculty of Arts
and Department of English.

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Reappraisals: Canadian Writers

Reappraisals: Canadian Writers was begun in 1973 in response to a need for single volumes of essays on Canadian authors who had not received the critical attention they deserved or who warranted extensive and intensive reconsideration. It is the longest running series dedicated to the study of Canadian literary subjects. Since the publication of The Grove Symposium in 1973, we have broadened our focus to include volumes on important genres, topics, or theoretical issues in Canadian literature as well as volumes on individual authors. In each case, our editorial policy has been clear: each year to make permanently available in a single volume the best of the criticism presented at our symposia, thereby creating a body of work on and a critical base for the study of Canadian writers and subjects.

The General Editor of the Reappraisals: Canadian Writers series is Janice Fiamengo.

The most recent book in the series is:

Northrop FryeHome Ground and Foreign Territory: Essays on Early Canadian Literature
Edited by Janice Fiamengo
Available in paper and ebook formats from the University of Ottawa Press
Home Ground and Foreign Territory is an original collection of essays on early Canadian literature in English. Aiming to be both provocative and scholarly, it encompasses a variety of (sometimes opposing) perspectives, subjects, and methods, with the aim of reassessing the field, unearthing neglected texts, and proposing new approaches to canonical authors. Renowned experts in early Canadian literary studies, including D.M.R. Bentley, Mary Jane Edwards, and Carole Gerson, join emerging scholars in a collection distinguished by its clarity of argument and breadth of reference. Together, the essays offer bold and informative contributions to the study of this dynamic literature.
Home Ground and Foreign Territory reaches out far beyond the scope of early Canadian literature. Its multi-disciplinary approach innovates literal studies and appeals to literature specialists and general readership alike.

Northrop FryeDouble-Takes: Intersections between Canadian Literature and Film
Edited by David R. Jarraway
Available in paper and ebook formats from the University of Ottawa Press
Over the past forty years, Canadian literature has found its way to the silver screen with increasing regularity. Beginning with the adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s A Jest of God to the Hollywood film Rachel, Rachel in 1966, Canadian writing would appear to have found a doubly successful life for itself at the movies: from the critically acclaimed Kamouraska and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in the 1970s through to the award-winning Love and Human Remains and The English Patient in the 1990s. With the more recent notoriety surrounding the Oscar-nominated Away from Her, and the screen appearances of The Stone Angel and Fugitive Pieces, this seems like an appropriate time for a collection of essays to reflect on the intersection between literary publication in Canada, and its various screen transformations. This volume discusses and debates several double-edged issues: the extent to which the literary artefact extends its artfulness to the film artefact, the degree to which literary communities stand to gain (or lose) in contact with film communities, and perhaps most of all, the measure by which a viable relation between fiction and film can be said to exist in Canada, and where that double-life precisely manifests itself, if at all.

Northrop FryeRe: Reading the Postmodern — Canadian Literature and Criticism after Modernism
Edited by Robert David Stacey
Available in paper and ebook formats from the University of Ottawa Press
It would be difficult to exaggerate the worldwide impact of postmodernism on the fields of cultural production and the social sciences over the last quarter century—even if the concept has been understood in various, even contradictory, ways. An interest in postmodernism and postmodernity has been especially strong in Canada, in part thanks to the country’s non-monolithic approach to history and its multicultural understanding of nationalism, which seems to align with the decentralized, plural, and open-ended pursuit of truth as a multiple possibility as outlined by Jean-François Lyotard. In fact, long before Lyotard published his influential work The Postmodern Condition in 1979, Canadian writers and critics were employing the term to describe a new kind of writing. RE: Reading the Postmodern marks a first cautious step toward a history of Canadian postmodernism, exploring the development of the idea of the postmodern and debates about its meaning and its applicability to various genres of Canadian writing, and charting its decline in recent years as a favoured critical framework.

Northrop FryeNorthrop Frye: New Directions from Old
edited by David Rampton.
$38.00, 372 pages, ISBN 13: 9780776606958
More than fifty years after the publication of Anatomy of Criticism, Northrop Frye remains one of Canada’s most influential intellectuals. This reappraisal reasserts the relevance of his work to the study of literature and illuminates its fruitful intersection with a variety of other fields, including film, cultural studies, linguistics, and feminism. The volume provides an in-depth examination of Frye’s work on a range of literary questions, periods, and genres, as well as a consideration of his contributions to literary theory, philosophy, and theology. The portrait that emerges is that of a writer who still has much to offer those interested in literature and the ways it represents and transforms our world. The book’s overall argument is that Frye’s case for the centrality of the imagination has never been more important where understanding history, reconciling science and culture, or reconceptualizing social change is concerned.

Previous Titles in the Series

The Ivory ThoughtThe Ivory Thought: Essays on Al Purdy
edited by Gerald Lynch, Shoshannah Ganz and Josephene Kealey.
$38.00, 265 pages, ISBN 13: 9780776606651
If one poet can be said to be the Canadian poet, that poet is Al Purdy (1918–2000). George Bowering described him as “the world’s most Canadian poet” (1970), while Sam Solecki titled his book-length study of Purdy The Last Canadian Poet (1999). In The Ivory Thought: Essays on Al Purdy, a group of seventeen scholars, critics, writers, and educators appraise and reappraise Purdy’s contribution to English literature. They explore Purdy’s continuing significance to contemporary writers; the life he dedicated to literature and the persona he crafted; the influences acting on his own development as a poet; the ongoing scholarly projects of editing and publishing his writing; particular poems and individual books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; and the larger themes in his work, such as the Canadian North and the predominant importance of place. In addition, two contemporary poets pay tribute with original poems.

Other SelvesOther Selves: Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination
edited by Janice Fiamengo (2007)
$45.00, 361 pages, 0-7766-0645-3
Other Selves: Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination begins with the premise, first suggested by Margaret Atwood in The Animals in that Country, that animals have occupied a peculiarly central position in the Canadian imagination. Tackling more than a century of writing, from 19th-century narratives of women travelers, to the ‘natural’ conversion of Grey Owl, to the award-winning novels of Farley Mowat, Marian Engel, Timothy Findley, Barbara Gowdy, and Yann Martel, these essays engage the reader in this widely acknowledged but inadequately explored aspect of Canadian literature.

The Open EyeMargaret Atwood: The Open Eye
edited by John Moss and Tobi Kozakewich (2007)
$55.00, 472 pages, 0-7766-0613-1
The range of perspectives in this volume is stimulating and enlightening. The Open Eye begins with a focus on Atwood as she presents herself and is presented in Canada and abroad, and then proceeds to consider, more broadly, the intersection of life and literature that Atwood’s works and persona effect. It offers fresh insight into Atwood’s early writing, redresses the critical void regarding her poetry and shorter prose pieces, and provides a critical base from which readers can assess Atwood’s most recent novels.

The Canadian Modernists MeetThe Canadian Modernists Meet
Dean Irvine (2005)
$35.00, 384 pages, 0-7766-0599-2
The Canadian Modernists Meet is a collection of new critical essays on major and rediscovered Canadian writers of the early to mid-twentieth century. F.R. Scott's well-known poem ''The Canadian Authors Meet'' sets the theme for the volume: a revisiting of English Canada's formative movements in modernist poetry, fiction, and drama. As did Scott's poem, Dean Irvine's collection raises questions - about modernism and antimodernism, nationalism and antinationalism, gender and class, originality and influence - that remain central to contemporary research on early to mid-twentieth-century English Canadian literature.

Home-WorkHome-Work: Postcolonialism, Pedagogy and Canadian Literature
Cynthia Sugars (2004)
$35.00, 544 pages, 0-7766-0577-1
Canadian literature, and specifically the teaching of Canadian literature, has emerged from a colonial duty to a nationalist enterprise and into the current territory of postcolonialism. From practical discussions related to specific texts, to more theoretical discussions about pedagogical practice regarding issues of nationalism and identity, Home-Work constitutes a major investigation and reassessment of the influence of postcolonial theory on Canadian literary pedagogy from some of the top scholars in the field.

At the Speed of Light There is Only Illumination
John Moss & Linda Morra (2004)
$24.95, 272 pages, 0-7766-0572-0
This book collects a dozen re-evaluative essays on Marshall McLuhan and his critical and theoretical legacy; from intellectual adventurer creating a complex architecture of ideas to cultural icon standing in line in Woody Allen's Annie Hall. Given McLuhan's prominent status in many academic disciplines, the contributors reflect a multidisciplinary background.

Worlds of Wonder : Readings in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
Jean-François Leroux & Camille Labossière (2004)
$27.95, 208 pages, 0-7766-0570-4
No longer dismissed as "escapist" reading, critics have finally discovered a brave new world of science fiction and fantasy literature. This book is a long-overdue tribute to this previously ignored genre, placing these works within a general context of Canadian literature and culture

Windows and Words. A Look at Canadian Children's Literature in English
Susan-Ann Cooper & Aida Hudson (2003)
$22.00, 242 pages, 0-7766-0556-9
A collection of seventeen essays that confirms and celebrates the artistry of Canadian Children's Literature. Contributors include Janet Lunn and Tim Wynne-Jones.

Robertson Davies : A Mingling of Contraries
Camille Labossière & Linda Morra (2001)
$21.95, 178 pages, 0-7766-0531-3
The collective assessment of the achievement of Robertson Davies addresses the basic problems in reading his artfulness, as a moralist committed to the practices of doubling: disguise, irony, and paradox; dwelling in "gaps" or spaces "in between." The essays present new insights on a broad range of topics in Davies' oeuvre and represent one of the first major discussions devoted to Davies' work since his death in 1995.

Margaret Laurence: Critical Reflections
David Staines (2001)
$19.95, 174 pages, 0-7766-0446-5
This book highlights the accomplishments of one of Canada's most acclaimed and beloved fiction writers, Margaret Laurence, who died in 1987. The essays in this collection explore her body of work as well as her influence on young Canadian writers today.

Dominant Impressions: Essays on the Canadian Short Story
Gerald Lynch & Angela Robbeson (1998)
$22.00, 170 pages, 0-7766-0505-4
Canadian critics and scholars, along with a growing number from around the world, have long recognized the achievements of Canadian short story writers. However, these critics have tended to view the Canadian short story as a historically recent phenomenon. This reappraisal corrects this mistaken view by addressing the question, "What are the literary and cultural antecedents of the Canadian short story?"

Bolder Flights: Essays on the Canadian Long Poem
Frank Tierney & Angela Robbeson (1998)
$25.00, 196 pages, 0-7766-0483-X
A growing number of literary historians and critics now recognize the contemporary long poem as a distinctively Canadian genre. This leads the reader to a deeper understanding of Canadian literary cultures both in terms of their local intimacies and idiosyncrasies as well as in their national contexts.

Echoing silence : Essays on Arctic Narrative
John Moss (1997)
$24.00, 238 pages, 0-7766-0389-2
The North has always had, and still has, an irresistible attraction. This fascination is made up of a mixture of perspectives, among these, the various explorations of the Arctic itself and the Inuk cultural heritage found in the elders' and contemporary stories. This book discusses the different generations of explorers and writers as well as the matter of gender, and illustrates how the sounds of a landscape are inseparable from the stories of its inhabitants.

Hugh MacLennan
Frank Tierney (1994)
$24.00, 210 pages, 0-7766-0389-2

Context North America: Canadian/U.S. Literary Relations
Camille Labossière (1994)
$22.00, 162 pages, 0-7766-0360-4

From the Heart of the Heartland: The Fiction of Sinclair Ross
John Moss (1992)
$20.00, 142 pages 0-7766-0329-9

Bliss Carman: A Reappraisal
Gerald Lynch (1990)
$21.00, 210 pages, 0-7766-0286-1

Re(Dis)covering our Foremothers
Lorraine McMullen (1989)
$21.00, 206 pages, 0-7766-0197-0

Reflections: Autobiography and Canadian Literature
K.P. Stich (1988)
$19.00, 180 pages, 0-7766-0195-4

Future Indicative: Literary Theory and Canadian Literature
John Moss (1987)
$25.00 S, 250 pages, 0-7766-0161-X
$35.00 H, 250 pages, 0-7766-0185-7

Stephen Leacock: A Reappraisal
David Staines (1987)
$18.00 S, 176 pages, 0-7766-0146-6
$28.00 H, 176 pages, 0-7766-0180-6

The Thomas Chandler Haliburton Symposium
Frank Tierney (1985)
$17.00, 160 pages, 0-7766-0109-1

The Sir Charles G.D Roberts Symposium
Glenn Clever (1984)
$25.00, 250 pages, 0-7766-4390-8

The Ethel Wilson Symposium
Lorraine McMullen (1982)
$16.00, 154 pages, 2-7603-4388-X

The Callaghan Symposium
David Staines (1981)
$14.00, 126 pages, 2-7603-4387-1

The Duncan Campbell Scott Symposium
K.P. Stich (1980)
$17.00, 158 pages, 2-7603-4386-3

The Isabella Valancy Crawford Symposium
Frank Tierney (1979)
$17.00, 158 pages, 2-7603-4385-5

The E.J Pratt Symposium
Glenn Clever (1977)
$18.00, 0-7766-4384-3

The Lampman Symposium
Lorraine McMullen (1976)
Note : out of print
0-7766-4383-5

The A.M. Klein Symposium
Seymour Mayne (1975)
Note : out of print
0-7766-4382-7

The Grove Symposium
John Nause (1974)
$13.00, 114 pages, 0-7766-4381-9


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