Contrasts: Comparative Essays on Italian-Canadian Writing

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Joseph Pivato
Guernica Editions, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 257 pages
This historic collection, the first of its kind, is devoted to the discussion of Italian-Canadian writers publishing in English, in French or in Italian. These critical essays include analyses of some important writing: F.G. Paci's Black Madonna, the poetry of Mary di Michele and Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, the plays of Marco Micone, Gens du Silence and Addolorata, the novels of Maria Ardizzi and many other titles. The ten contributors make significant additions to the study of Canadian literature: D.C. Minni examines the short story; Alexandre Amprimoz and Sante Viselli consider Italian-Canadian poetry; Roberta Sciff-Zamaro analyses Black Madonna; Robert Billings fathoms di Michels's verse; Frank Paci considers the task of the novelist. Fulvio Caccia's essay on the literary languages of Quebec is controversial as are Filippo Salvatore's arguments on the writer and politics. Antonio D'Alfonso speculates on future developmetns among the more than one hundred Italian-Canadian writers. In addition to editing the collection, Joseph Pivato introduces the volume with a long essay on ethnic history and literary criticism in Canada, includes another essay on Italian-language writers and concludes with a detailed bibliography and an index.
 

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Contents

Ethnic Writing and Comparative
15
Tasks of the Canadian Novelist Writing
35
A Search for the Great Mother
77
Contemporary Influences on the Poetry
121
The Italian Writer and Language Fulvio Caccia
153
Essentialism
207
Notes on Contributors
249
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Page 22 - What, then, is a sphere of consciousness essentially and peculiarly Canadian? I should think that the main distinguishing feature would have to be dependent upon the main distinguishing feature of the Canadian nation —the coexistence of two major ethnic groups. To be in the emerging mainstream of Canadian literature, therefore, a writer must have some awareness of fundamental aspects and attitudes of both language groups in Canada.

About the author (1991)

Joseph J. Pivato is a professor of Literary Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University. He is the founding professor of the Master of Arts Integrated Studies program. His research has helped to establish the academic recognition of ethnic minority writing in Canada, particularly the Italian-Canadian literature.

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