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Gothic Canada; reading the spectre of a national literature.


Gothic Canada; reading the spectre of a national literature.

Edwards, Justin D.

The U. of Alberta Press


194 pages




What happens when a town, a region, or a country learns the truth about itself? Edwards (English, U. of Copenhagen) calls upon his years of reflection as a Canadian expatriate upon the spectral nature of Canadian identity as he explores the haunted places of its literature. He finds the ghosts of forgotten history dancing with the more specific specters of the excesses of colonialism and the wilderness, locating such gothic results as the works of such as John Richardson, Sinclair Ross and F.P. Grove, and Margaret Atwood, along with a range of filmmakers. He finds dark journeys, the abyss, haunted spaces and selves, dark cities, suppressed transgressions, wakeful dead, monsters, and a decidedly gothic idea of what constitutes the body politic. The result is like exploring a forgotten graveyard that has recently risen through a cornfield otherwise shining under a broad sky. Distributed by the Michigan State U. Press.

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Date:Feb 1, 2007
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