Medievalism in English Canadian Literature
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218 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Medievalism

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Medievalism in English Canadian Literature

From Richardson to Atwood

Edited by M J Toswell and Anna Czarnowus

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First full-length investigation into Canadian literary medievalism as a discrete phenomenon.
The essays in this volume consider what is original and distinctive about the manifestation of medievalism in Canadian literature and its origins and its subsequent growth and development: from the first novel published in Canada written by a Canadian-born author, Julia Beckwith Hart's St Ursula's Convent (1824), to the recent work of the best-selling novelist Patrick DeWitt (Undermajordomo Minor, published in 2015). Topics addressed include the strong strain of medievalist fantasy itself in the work of the young-adult author Kit Pearson, and the longer novels of Charles de Lint, Steven Erikson, and Guy Gavriel Kay; the medievalist inclinations of Archibald Lampman and W.W. Campbell, well-known nineteenth-century Canadian poets; and the often-studied Wacousta by John Richardson, first published in 1832. Chapters also cover early Canadian periodicals' engagement with orientalist medievalism; and works by twentieth-century writers such as the irrepressible Earle Birney, the witty and intellectual Robertson Davies, and the fascinating and learned Margaret Atwood.
Introduction: English Canadian Medievalism - Jane Toswell and Anna Czarnowus
"Men of the North": Archibald Lampman's Use of Incidents in the Lives of Medieval Monarchs and Aristocrats - David Bentley
"Going Back to the Middle Ages": Tracing Medievalism in Julia Beckwith Hart's St. Ursula's Convent and John Richardson's Wacousta - Agnieszka Klis-Brodowska
John Richardson's Wacousta and the Transfer of Medievalist Romance - Anna Czarnowus
A Canadian Caliban in King Arthur's Court: Materialist Medievalism and Northern Gothic in William Wilfred Campbell's Mordred - Brian Johnson
Orientalist Medievalism in Early Canadian Periodicals - Laurel Ryan
The Collegiate Gothic: Legitimacy and Inheritance in Robertson Davies' The Rebel Angels - David Watt
Earle Birney as Public Poet: a Canadian Chaucer? - Jane Toswell
"That's what you get for being food": Margaret Atwood's Symbolic Cannibalism - Dominika Ruszkiewicz
Lost in Allegory: Grief and Chivalry in Kit Pearson's A Perfect, Gentle Knight - Cory Rushton
Remembering the Romance: Medievalist Romance in Fantasy Fiction by Charles de Lint and Guy Gavriel Kay - Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun
Medievalisms and Romance Traditions in Guy Gavriel Kay's Ysabel - Ewa Drab
The Medieval Methods of Patrick DeWitt: Undermajordomo Minor - Michael Fox

M.J. TOSWELL is a Professor at theUniversity of Western Ontario.

ANNA CZARNOWUS is a Professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice.

"Medievalism in English Canadian Literature from Richardson to Atwood is not only a rare, but also valuable contribution to medievalist studies in the context of Canada and Canadian literature." Studia Anglica Posnaniensia

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Title Details

218 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Medievalism

Imprint: D.S.Brewer