Wild Words: Essays on Alberta Literature

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Donna Coates, George Melnyk
Athabasca University Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 204 pages

As the first collection of literary criticism focusing on Alberta writers, Wild Words establishes a basis for identifying Alberta fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction as valid subjects of study in their own right.

The idea for this collection began with 100 years of literary tradition for Alberta's centenary. However, Alberta's literary roots go back much farther than that to the oration of First Nation's peoples and the colonizing exploration and travel literature of the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

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Contents

The Wild Body of Alberta Poetry
13
To Canada Michael Gowdas Unique Contribution to the Literary History of Alberta
29
Pastoral Elegy Memorial Writing Robert Kroetschs Stone Hammer Poem
47
Drama
59
No Cowpersons on This Range The Cultural Complexity of Alberta Theatre
61
Playing Alberta with Sharon Pollock
77
Fiction
91
No Woman is Natural The Reproduction of Race Gender and Sexuality in Suzette Mayrs Moon Honey
93
Wandering Home in Rudy Wiebes Sweeter That All the World and Of This Earth
125
Richard WagameseAn Ojibway in Alberta
141
Nonfiction
157
From Grizzly Country to Grizzly Heart The Grammar of BearHuman Interactions in the Work of Andy Russell and Charlie Russell
159
The Doomed Genre Myrna Kostash and the Limits of Nonfiction
173
Writing in Alberta Up Down or Sideways?
191
CONTRIBUTOR BIOGRAPHIES
199
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About the author (2009)

Donna Coates is an Associate Professor in theEnglish Department at the University of Calgary. She has publishednumerous articles and book chapters on Canadian, Australian, and NewZealand fiction and drama (especially by women) and recently co-editeda volume on Canadian war drama. George Melnyk is anAssociate Professor of Canadian Studies and Film Studies in the Facultyof Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. He is ahistorian of Canadian culture and has published numerous books in thefield.

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