Atwood, Moisan, and Beyond: The Question of Diversity in Comparative Canadian Literature

  • Author / Creator
    McKay, Kristy Lynn
  • The following consideration of methodologies in comparative Canadian literary criticism is influenced by Margaret Atwood’s Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, and Clément Moisan’s Poésie des frontières: étude comparée des poésies canadienne et québécoise. An analysis of the advances and pitfalls in Atwood’s and Moisan’s works of thematic criticism sheds light on what stands to be gained from a broader ground for comparison, one that relinquishes the need to capture all Canadian literary expressions under the net of a single study organized around language and culture. Translation emerges as both a model for such change, and a tool that facilitates a more fluid treatment of differences within recent studies. Contemporary comparisons by E.D. Blodgett, Sylvia Söderlind, Peter Dickinson, and Lianne Moyes seek to forge ahead despite the difficulties inherent to the discipline. Their methodologies demonstrate a desire to find new ways of reading Canadian literatures together, while recognizing Canada’s ever-expanding linguistic and cultural literary diversity.

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    Spring 2010
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    Master of Arts
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Carrière, Marie (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
    • Sywenky, Irene (Comparative Literature)
    • Braz, Albert (Comparative Literature)