Challenging Canada: Dialogism and Narrative Techniques in Canadian Novels

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Sep 22, 2003 - Literary Collections - 212 pages
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Challenging Canada is the first book-length study to bring a Bakhtinian approach to bear on Canadian literature. Gabriele Helms develops a cultural narratology to argue that the contemporary Canadian novels in English considered in this book challenge dominant constructions of Canada from positions of difference and resistance, inscribing previously oppressed and silenced voices through dialogic relations. She makes Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of dialogism amenable to textual analysis and problematizes its ideological forces by emphasizing elements of struggle and conflict. Challenging Canada rejects dialogism as a normative liberal pluralism and understands the inequality between voices as historically and socially constructed.
 

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Contents

Dialogism Cultural Narratology and Contemporary Canadian Novels Whats the Point?
3
Dialogism Yesterdays Fave Rave or Opportunity for Critical Intervention?
19
Storying Family History Joy Kogawas Obasan and Sky Lees Disappearing Moon Cafe
32
Processes of Unreading in Daphne Marlatts Ana Historic and Aritha van Herks Places Far from Ellesmere
66
Critiquing the Choice That Is Not One Jeannette Armstrongs Slash and Thomas Kings Green Grass Running Water
99
Is Difficulty Impolite? The Performative in Margaret Sweatmans Fox
125
Writing into the Page Ahead
145
Notes
155
Works Cited
179
Index
207
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Gabriele Helms is assistant professor in the English Department at the University of British Columbia.

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