A sense of style: studies in the art of fiction in English-speaking Canada
A discussion of the work of 10 fiction writers representing the range of Canadian fiction during the past 50 years that emphasizes artistry rather than theme or the exploration of national identity. The writers considered are Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Mavis Gallant, Jack Hodgins, Hugh Hood, Margaret Laurence, W. O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, Howard O'Hagan, and Ethel Wilson.
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Alice Munro allegory artifice artistic attitudes Atwood become Canada chapter characters comic complex contemporary conventional course critical Davies Davies's Denham discussion dramatic Edible Woman effect emphasis English especially example experience fact Fifth Business first-person Hagar Handmaid's Tale Hetty Dorval Hodgins Hodgins's Hood's Hugh Hood human imaginative Innocent Traveller insists instance interview involved Jack Denham Jack Hodgins Jake Lady Oracle language later Laurence Laurence's Lilly's Linnet literary living Love and Salt Margaret Laurence Mavis Gallant meaning Mitchell Mitchell's Mixture of Frailties moral Munro myth narrative narrator never novel novelist O'Hagan offered omniscient parody patterns perhaps phrase plot present problem prose protagonist qualities readers realistic realize recognize remarks Robertson Davies satiric scene seems Seen the Wind sense Shirley speech story story-telling style stylistic tale Tay John telling things tion told tone Topaz traditional ultimately voice wilderness Wilson words writing written