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Tricks with a Glass

Studies of literary reflections on ethnicity are essential to the ever-renewed definition of Canadian literature. The essays in this collection explore the diverse ways of negotiating identity and the articulation of space in Canada, taking ethnicity as a driving force with ideological and cultural implications that lend public and literary discourse an urgent dynamism. While theorizing ethnicity is a valuable critical enterprise, these essays centre on the concrete realization of the problematics of ethnicity in creative writing, covering a wide range of Canada's mosaic. The creative inscription of ethnicity stimulates the evolution and expansion of Canada's literary heritage, the complexity of this cultural experience being the focus of the present collection. Fourteen essays, including a personal account by the Ukrainian-Canadian Janice Kulyk Keefer on the merging of private and public history, and two interviews - with the Chinese-Canadian writer Wayson Choy and the critic Linda Hutcheon - analyze the manifestations of the pluralism that has always characterized Canadian writers' consciousness of themselves, their engagement with the notion of the `multicultural' and its significance in contemporary society and, in particular, its effect on creativity.
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Acknowledgements. Rocio G. DAVIS: Introduction: On Writing Ethnicity in Canada. Janice KULYK KEEFER: Personal and Public Records: Story and History in the Narration and Ethnicity. Eva DARIAS BEAUTELL: Writing Back and Beyond: Postcoloniality, Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in the Canadian Context. Aitor IBARROLA-ARMENDARIZ: Boundary Erasing: Postnational Characterization in Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. Kathleen FIRTH: Home is No-Place: Neil Bissoondath's A Casual Brutality. Rocio G. DAVIS: Paradigms of Postcolonial and Immigrant Doubleness: Rohinton Mistry's Tales From Firozsha Baag. Rosalia BAENA: Italian-Canadian Double Perspective in a Childhood Narrative: Nino Ricci's Lives of the Saints. Marie-France GARCIA RAOUL-JOURDE: Antonine Maillet and the Recognition of Acadian Identity. Danielle SCHAUB: Acadian Estrangement and Reunion: Janice Kulyk Keefer's "April Showers". Lars JENSEN: Canadian Writing and the Articulation of North. Mary CONDE: Marketing Ethnicity: Sky Lee's Disappearing Moon Cafe. Eva DARIAS BEAUTELL: The Imaginary Ethnic Anachronies, (Im)Mobility and Historical Meaning in Obasan and Disappearing Moon Cafe. Danielle SCHAUB: "all so paralyzing and mean': Stereotypical Thinking and Disempowering Focalization in Lee Maracle's "Bertha". Ana I. PAREJO VADILLO: Collective Auto/Biographies: Native Women and Resistance Literature. Maria Belen MARTIN LUCAS: Interweaving Stories: Genre, Race and Gender at a Cross-Stitch. Wayson CHOY interviewed by Rocio G. Davis: Intercultural, Not Multicultural. Linda HUTCHEON interviewed by Rosalia BAENA: Critical Perspectives on Writing Ethnicity in Canada. Contributors.


"Tricks with a glass: Writing Ethnicity in Canada is good reading and addresses scholars and students alike. It will be valuable in the teaching of literature courses focusing on women's writing as well as ethnicity." in: Miscelanea: a journal of english and american studies 24 (2001): pp.149-151 "...a valuable addition to the body of work on ethnic writing in Canada." in: New Literatures Review, No. 40, pp. 132-135

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