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Anthologizing Canadian Literature

Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives

Edited by Robert Lecker
Subjects Literary Criticism, Canadian Literature
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Paperback : 9781771121071, 334 pages, November 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771121101, 334 pages, November 2015

Table of contents

Table of Contents
Introduction | Robert Lecker
Anthems and Anthologies | Richard Cavell
The Poetry of the Canoe: William Douw Lighthall’s Songs of the Great Dominion | D.M.R. Bentley
Publication, Performances, and Politics: The “Indian Poems” of E. Pauline Johnson / Tekhionwake (1861–1913) and Duncan Campbell Scott (1862–1947) | Margery Fee
Excerpts of Exploration Writing in Anthologies of English-Canadian Literature | Cheryl Cundell
Anthologies and the Canonization Process: A Case Study of the English-Canadian Literary Field, 1920–1950 | Peggy Kelly
Nation Building, Literary Tradition, and English-Canadian Anthologies: Presentations of John Richardson and Susanna Moodie in Anthologies of the 1950s and 1960s | Bonnie Hughes
Anthology on the Radio: Robert Weaver and CBC Radio’s Anthology | Joel Deshaye
Canadian Literary Anthologies through the Lens of Publishing History: A Preliminary Exploration of Historical Trends to 1997 | Janet B. Friskney
Confessions of an Unrepentant Anthologist | Gary Geddes
The Poet-Editor and the Small Press: Michael Ondaatje and the Long Poem Anthology | Karis Shearer
Why So Serious? The Quirky Canadian Anthology | Lorraine York
Reading Anthologies | Frank Davey
The Poet and Her Library: Anthologies Read, Anthologies Made | Anne Compton


The first collection of critical essays devoted to the study of English-Canadian literary anthologies brings together the work of thirteen prominent critics to investigate anthology formation in Canada and answer these key questions: Why are there so many literary anthologies in Canada, and how can we trace their history? What role have anthologies played in the formation of Canadian literary taste? How have anthologies influenced the training of students from generation to generation? What literary values do the editors of various anthologies tend to support, and how do these values affect canon formation in Canada? How have different genres fared in the creation of literary anthologies? How do Canadian anthologies transmit ideas about gender, region, ideology, and nation?
Specific essays focus on anthologies as national metaphors, the controversies surrounding early literary collections, representations of First Nations peoples in anthologies, and the ways in which various editors have understood exploration narratives. In addition, the collection examines the representation of women in Canadian anthologies, the use of anthologies as teaching tools, and the creation of some very odd Canadian anthologies along the way.


  • Winner, CHOICE Magazine Community College Recommendation 2015