Avant-garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations

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University of Toronto Press, 2013 - Art - 310 pages
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In Avant-Garde Canadian Literature, Gregory Betts draws attention to the fact that the avant-garde has had a presence in Canada long before the country's literary histories have recognized, and that the radicalism of avant-garde art has been sabotaged by pedestrian terms of engagement by the Canadian media, the public, and the literary critics. This book presents a rich body of evidence to illustrate the extent to which Canadians have been producing avant-garde art since the start of the twentieth century.

Betts explores the radical literary ambitions and achievements of three different nodes of avant-garde literary activity: mystical revolutionaries from the 1910s to the 1930s; Surrealists/Automatists from the 1920s to the 1960s; and Canadian Vorticists from the 1920s to the 1970s. Avant-Garde Canadian Literature offers an entrance into the vocabulary of the ongoing and primarily international debate surrounding the idea of avant-gardism, providing readers with a functional vocabulary for discussing some of the most hermetic and yet energetic literature ever produced in this country.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Theory of the AvantGardes in Canada
26
The Cosmic Canadians
86
The Autornatists
139
Canadian Vorticisni
191
The Future of the Avant
245
Notes
261
Works Cited
271
Acknowledgments
299
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Gregory Betts is the director of the Centre for Canadian Studies and an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University.

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