Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century

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Jason Camlot, Todd Swift
Véhicule Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 466 pages
Language Acts brings together twenty provocative essays on the state of English-language poetry in Québec since 1976. Born and raised during this historically resonant period of Trudeauism, organized Québecois nationalism, language legislation, and profound demographic and cultural change, Anglo-Québec poetry has come of age in the 21st century as a literature with its own distinct arguments about itself, and its own poetical acts in language. Language Acts features essays on many important, even canonical, figures such as Robert Allen, Anne Carson, Leonard Cohen, Louis Dudek, D.G. Jones, Irving Layton, Michael Harris, Erin Mouré, David McGimpsey, Robyn Sarah, and Peter Van Toorn, and on a wide range of poetry activities including those of the Véhicule Poets and the Montreal Spoken Word scene. This is the first critical collection of its kind to appear in over forty years and will set the terms used to discuss English language poetry in Québec for years to come.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
10
The Montreal Poets 1957
36
What Now Montreal? 1985
66
Double Exile and Montreal EnglishLanguage Poetry 2001
80
Irving Layton Leonard Cohen and the Rest
110
Steps Through the Literary Politics
131
The Vehicule Poets
148
Spoken Word in Montreal
165
Michael Harriss BooJhwah Appalachianna
232
Montreal in the Poetry of Robyn Sarah
254
Anne Carson and the Unlost
272
Peter Van Toorn and Canada
290
An Appetite Abroad or David McGimpseys Burgerworld
310
Robert Allens
323
AngloQuebec Poetry Publishers c 19762006
374
Bibliography
431

Zymergy From the NeoEphemeral to the Odd Imbroglio
179
Literary Production
194
Contributors
451
Copyright

About the author (2007)

ason Camlot is the author of two collections of poetry, "Attention All Typewriters" and "The Animal Library". His poems have appeared in "New American Poetry", "Queen Street Quarterly", and "100 Poets Against the War", among others. He teaches English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal.

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