Theory/Culture

Titles in this series examine works of Canadian literature from modernist and postmodernist theoretical perspectives. The series, which is now complete, was edited by Linda Hutcheon, Paul Perron, Gary Leonard, Jill Matus, and Janet Paterson.


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Part Two: Reflections on the Sequel
Part Two: Reflections on the Sequel
Edited by Paul Budra and Betty A. Schellenberg

A collection of essays that explores the phenomenon of secondary narrative by studying the conditions that determine its production and reception. The essays cover a wide span of representation from Homer to Hollywood.

Published Dec 1998
Worrying the Nation: Imagining a National Literature in English Canada
Worrying the Nation: Imagining a National Literature in English Canada
By Jonathan Kertzer

A sophisticated analysis of Canadian literary writing and its role in national culture that 'worries' over the possibility of a national literature when the very idea of the nation as a viable conceptual/literary category has been called into question.

Published Nov 1998
The Hermeneutics of Poetic Sense
The Hermeneutics of Poetic Sense
By Mario Valdes

Valdés gives his views of literature, cinema, and art to unravel what he calls, 'the imaginative configuration of the world, the cultural phenomenon of making sense, poetic sense, of life.'

Published Jul 1998
Masculine Migrations: Reading the Postcolonial Male in New Canadian Narratives
Masculine Migrations: Reading the Postcolonial Male in New Canadian Narratives
By Daniel Coleman

Examines the representation of masculinities in the work of some of Canada’s most exciting writers, including Michael Ondaatje, and Rohinton Mistry, to show how cross-cultural migration disrupts assumed codes for masculine behaviour and practice.

Published May 1998
Body Language in Literature
Body Language in Literature
Barbara Korte

An important interdisciplinary study, that establishes a general theory that accounts for the varieties of body language encountered in literary narrative, based on a general history of the phenomenon in the English language.

Published Dec 1997
Earthquakes and Explorations: Language and Painting from Cubism to Concrete Poetry
Earthquakes and Explorations: Language and Painting from Cubism to Concrete Poetry
By Steven Scobie

A study of the interactions between poetry and painting in the 20th century, particularly the Cubist painters and the writers who were associated with them, and the later movement of Concrete Poetry.

Published Dec 1997
Voices of Fire: Art, Rage, Power, and the State
Voices of Fire: Art, Rage, Power, and the State
Edited by Bruce Barber, Serge Guilbaut, John O'Brian

On 7 March 1990 the National Gallery of Canada issued a press release announcing its purchase of a large abstract painting by the American artist Barnett Newman for $1.8 million. Within 72 hours the gallery was under attack both for its selection of Voice of Fire and for the price tag attached to it.

Published Oct 1996
Acts of Narrative: Textual Strategies in Modern German Fiction
Acts of Narrative: Textual Strategies in Modern German Fiction
By Patrick O'Neill

O’Neill applies the principles of structuralist and poststructuralist narratology to a selection of narratives from both modernist and postmodernist German authors: Mann, Kafka, and Hesse, and Canetti, Grass, Johnson, Handke, and Bernhard.

Published Oct 1996
Fictions of Discourse: Reading Narrative Theory
Fictions of Discourse: Reading Narrative Theory
By Patrick O'Neill

O’Neill investigates the extent to which narrative discourse subverts the story it tells in foregrounding its own performance.

Published Jun 1996
McLuhan, or Modernism in Reverse
McLuhan, or Modernism in Reverse
By Glenn Willmott

McLuhan, or Modernism in Reverse thus aims to retrace and synthesize McLuhan's work in order to illuminate his unexpected meaning and value for critical practice today.

Published Apr 1996