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Challenging Canada [electronic resource] : dialogism and narrative techniques in Canadian novels / Gabriele Helms.

By: Helms, Gabriele, 1966-2004.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2003Description: 1 online resource (x, 212 p.).ISBN: 9780773571297 (electronic bk.); 0773571299 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Canadian fiction -- Minority authors -- History and criticism | Canadian fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Minorities in literature | Dialogism (Literary analysis) | Narration (Rhetoric) | Canada -- In literature | Canadian fiction (English) -- Minority authors -- History and criticism | Canadian fiction (English) -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Roman canadien-anglais -- Auteurs issus des minorit�es -- Histoire et critique | Roman canadien-anglais -- 20e si�ecle -- Histoire et critique | Minorit�es dans la litt�erature | Dialogisme | Narration | Lee, Sky | Marlatt, Daphne | Van Herk, Aritha | King, Thomas | Armstrong, Jeannette C | Kogawa, Joy | Erz�ahltechnik | Roman | Kanada | LITERARY CRITICISM / American / GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Challenging Canada.DDC classification: C813/.5409920693 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Dialogism, cultural narratology, and contemporary Canadian novels: What's the point? -- Dialogism: Yesterday's "Fave Rave" or opportunity for critical intervention? -- Storying family history: Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Sky Lee's Disappearing moon cafe -- Processes of Un/reading in Daphne Marlatt's Ana historic and Aritha van Herk's Places far from Ellesmere -- Critiquing the choice that is not one: Jeannette Armstrong's Slash and Thomas King's Green grass, running water -- Is difficulty impolite? The performative in Margaret Sweatman's Fox -- Writing into the page ahead.
Review: "Challenging Canada is the first book-length study to bring a Bakhtinian approach to bear on Canadian literature. Gabriele Helms develops a cultural narratology to argue that the contemporary Canadian novels in English considered in this book challenge dominant constructions of Canada from positions of difference and resistance, inscribing previously oppressed and silenced voices through dialogic relations. She makes Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of dialogism amenable to textual analysis and problematizes its ideological forces by emphasizing elements of struggle and conflict. Challenging Canada rejects dialogism as a normative liberal pluralism and understands the inequality between voices as historically and socially constructed."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [179]-206) and index.

Dialogism, cultural narratology, and contemporary Canadian novels: What's the point? -- Dialogism: Yesterday's "Fave Rave" or opportunity for critical intervention? -- Storying family history: Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Sky Lee's Disappearing moon cafe -- Processes of Un/reading in Daphne Marlatt's Ana historic and Aritha van Herk's Places far from Ellesmere -- Critiquing the choice that is not one: Jeannette Armstrong's Slash and Thomas King's Green grass, running water -- Is difficulty impolite? The performative in Margaret Sweatman's Fox -- Writing into the page ahead.

"Challenging Canada is the first book-length study to bring a Bakhtinian approach to bear on Canadian literature. Gabriele Helms develops a cultural narratology to argue that the contemporary Canadian novels in English considered in this book challenge dominant constructions of Canada from positions of difference and resistance, inscribing previously oppressed and silenced voices through dialogic relations. She makes Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of dialogism amenable to textual analysis and problematizes its ideological forces by emphasizing elements of struggle and conflict. Challenging Canada rejects dialogism as a normative liberal pluralism and understands the inequality between voices as historically and socially constructed."--Jacket.

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