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Beyond "Understanding Canada"

Transnational Perspectives on Canadian Literature

Melissa Tanti, Jeremy Haynes, Daniel Coleman & Lorraine York, Editors

Literary Criticism and Theory, Political Science

Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9781772122695
Pages: 378 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 1 black and white photograph

The dismantling of "Understanding Canada"—an international program eliminated by Canada’s Conservative government in 2012—posed a tremendous potential setback for Canadianists. Yet Canadian writers continue to be celebrated globally by popular and academic audiences alike. Twenty scholars speak to the government’s diplomatic and economic about-face and its implications for representations of Canadian writing within and outside Canada’s borders. The contributors to this volume remind us of the obstacles facing transnational intellectual exchange, but also salute scholars’ persistence despite these obstacles. Beyond "Understanding Canada" is a timely, trenchant volume for students and scholars of Canadian literature and anyone seeking to understand how Canadian literature circulates in a transnational world.

Melissa Tanti researches contemporary women’s literature and feminist critical theory at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Jeremy Haynes studies Canadian, Indigenous, and diasporic literatures at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Daniel Coleman is professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Lorraine York holds the Senator William McMaster Chair in Canadian Literature at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Contributors Include:
Michael A. Bucknor, Daniel Coleman, Anne Collett, Pilar Cuder-Domínguez, Ana María Fraile-Marcos, Jeremy Haynes, Cristina Ivanovici, Milena Kalicanin, Smaro Kamboureli, Katalin Kürtösi, Vesna Lopicic, Belén Martín-Lucas, Reingard M. Nischik, Claire Omhovère, Lucia Otrísalová, Don Sparling, Melissa Tanti, Christl Verduyn, Elizabeth Yeoman, Lorraine York