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Writing the Body in Motion

Abdou, AngieDopp, Jamie (Hrsg.) | Athabasca University Press


Sport literature is never just about sport. The genre’s potential to explore the human condition, including aspects of violence, gender, and the body, has sparked the interest of writers, readers, and scholars. Over the last decade, a proliferation of sport literature courses across the continent is evidence of the sophisticated and evolving body of work developing in this area. Writing the Body in Motion offers introductory essays on the most commonly taught Canadian sport literature texts. The contributions sketch the state of current scholarship, highlight recurring themes and patterns, and offer close readings of key works. Organized chronologically by source text, ranging from Shoeless Joe (1982) to Indian Horse (2012), the essays offer a variety of ways to read, consider, teach, and write about sport literature.

With contributions by Jason Blake, Laura K. Davis, Cara Hedley, Paul Martin, Fred Mason, Sam McKegney, Gyllian Phillips, Trevor J. Phillips, and Cory Willard.

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"A collection of essays that is relevant to the lives of readers who can see themselves anew through the challenges of sport and movement. [...] Many readers will find themselves making a beelines for the booksellers to purchase gems in the Canadian sport literature canon they have discovered by reading this fascinating anthology."

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Angie Abdou is assistant professor of creative writing at Athabasca University and a regular book reviewer for Quill and Quire. She has published one short story collection and four novels. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque. The novel was included on Canadian Literature magazine’s “All-Time Top Ten List of Best Canadian Sport Literature” and topped the CBC Book Club’s list of Top 10 Sport Books.

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Jamie Dopp is associate professor of Canadian literature at the University of Victoria, where he has taught a course in hockey and literature for a number of years. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and scholarly articles have appeared in many journals. He has published two collections of poetry and a novel and in 2009, he co-edited a collection of essays with Richard Harrison called Now is the Winter: Thinking about Hockey.

 
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Malcolm Lowry's Poetics of Space

Lane, Richard J.Mota, Miguel (Hrsg.) | University of Ottawa Press | Canadian Literature Collection


This collection focuses on Lowry’s spatial dynamics, from the psychogeography of the Letterist and the Situationist International, through musical forms (especially jazz), cinema, photography, and spatialpoetic writing, to the spaces of exception, bio-politics, and the creaturely. It presents previously unpublished essays by both established and new international Lowry scholars, as well as innovative ways of conceiving of his aesthetic practice.

In each of the book’s three sections, critics engage in the notion of Lowry as a multi-media artist who influenced and was deeply influenced by a broad range of modernist and early postmodernist aesthetic practices. Acutely aware of and engaged in the world of film, sensitive to the role of the graphical surface in advertising and propaganda, and deeply immersed in a vast range of literary traditions and the avant-garde, Lowry worked within an intertextual space that is also a mediascape, one which tends to transgress, or at least exceed, neatly controlled borders or aesthetic boundaries. These new approaches to Lowry’s life and work, which make use of new and recent theoretical perspectives, will encourage fresh debate around Lowry’s writing.

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The University of Ottawa Press excels with its Canadian Literature Collection (...) Malcolm Lowry’s Poetics of Space extends his literary legacy through the archival recuperations and by working through the troubles of a largely biographical body of scholarship.

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Richard J. Lane directs the Seminar for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Literary Theory Research Group at Vancouver Island University, BC, where he is also the Principal Investigator of the MeTA Digital Humanities Lab, supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the BC Knowledge Development Fund. Lane is also a Director of Innovation Island Technology Association, as well as an Associated Researcher at The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, at The University of Victoria, BC.

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Miguel Mota is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In addition to his work on Lowry, Mota has published in the areas of contemporary British literature and culture and on the relationship between literature and film, including articles on Jeanette Winterson, John King, Mike Leigh, Derek Jarman, and Peter Greenaway, among others.

 
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Swinging the Maelstrom

University of Ottawa Press | Canadian Literature Collection


Swinging the Maelstrom is the story of a musician enduring existence in the Bellevue psychiatric hospital in New York. Written during his happiest and most fruitful years, this novella reveals the deep healing influence that the idyllic retreat at Dollarton had on Lowry.

This long-overdue scholarly edition will allow scholars to engage in a genetic study of the text and reconstruct, step by step, the creative process that developed from a rather pessimistic and misanthropic vision of the world as a madhouse (The Last Address, 1936), via the apocalyptic metaphors of a world on the brink of Armageddon (The Last Address, 1939), to a world that, in spite of all its troubles, leaves room for self-irony and humanistic concern (Swinging the Maelstrom,1942–1944).

- This book is published in English. 

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Vik Doyen studied at the University of Pennsylvania and did archival research in the Malcolm Lowry Collection at UBC for his doctoral dissertation Fighting the Albatross of Self : A Genetic Study of the Literary Work of Malcolm Lowry (Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, 1973). He also presented several papers on Lowry at international conferences.

 
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The Worlds of Carol Shields

Staines, David (Hrsg.) | University of Ottawa Press | Reappraisals: Canadian Writers


"Carol was a very fine writer and a remarkable human being, a wonderful person whose work I closely followed for more than 20 years. I interviewed her frequently over those years, with virtually every work she produced —novel, radio drama, play, book of stories. So I had a good sense of the span of her work and also her evolution as a stylist. But the key reason I wanted to make a book focusing on her life and work is that we were friends."

—Eleanor Wachtel

This book strikes the right balance between intimate accounts and literary analysis. It opens with reminiscences by close friend Eleanor Wachtel, which are followed by a study of Shields’ poetry by her daughter and grandson, then by various aspects of her fiction, including a detailed examination of her plays. It closes with reminiscences by four close friends: Jane Urquhart, Joan Clark, Wayson Choy and Martin Levin.

The 23 contributors offer new insights, new theories, and new perspectives about Shields’ illuminating career. Only one piece—her obituary written by Margaret Atwood—has been previously published.

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Most of the 23 pieces in this collection were presented at a conference celebrating the work of Shields at the University of Ottawa in 2012. (...) These pieces wrap the collection in a quilt of affectionate memory of Carol Shields as a person, teacher and a friend that will be a necessary comfort for the non-academic reader of the book (...). Scholars will be grateful for the essays in this collection. Readers are advised to treat the book as a companion to a rereading of Shields oeuvre (...).

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Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, David Staines specializes in medieval literature and culture and Canadian literature and culture. In the former, he has published Tennyson’s Camelot: The Idylls of the King and Its Medieval Sources, and translated The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes; in the latter, he published The Canadian Imagination: Dimensions of a Literary Culture, The Forty-Ninth and Other Parallels: Contemporary Canadian Perspectives, and The Letters of Stephen Leacock. He has also edited volumes on Morley Callaghan, Stephen Leacock and Margaret Laurence, and co-edited volumes of the writings of Northrop Frye and Marshall McLuhan. A long-time friend of Carol Shields, he wrote Carol Shields: Cultural Context, a part of Library and Archives Canada’s Web exhibition Canadian Writers.

 
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Double-Voicing the Canadian Short Story

University of Ottawa Press | Canadian Literature Collection


Double-Voicing the Canadian Short Story is the first comparative study of eight internationally and nationally acclaimed writers of short fiction: Sandra Birdsell, Timothy Findley, Jack Hodgins, Thomas King, Alistair MacLeod, Olive Senior, Carol Shields and Guy Vanderhaeghe. With the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature going to Alice Munro, the “master of the contemporary short story,” this art form is receiving the recognition that has been its due and—as this book demonstrates—Canadian writers have long excelled in it. From theme to choice of narrative perspective, from emphasis on irony, satire and parody to uncovering the multiple layers that make up contemporary Canadian English, the short story provides a powerful vehicle for a distinctively Canadian “double-voicing”. The stories discussed here are compelling reflections on our most intimate roles and relationships and Kruk offers a thoughtful juxtaposition of themes of gender, mothers and sons, family storytelling, otherness in Canada and the politics of identity to name but a few. As a multi-author study, Double-Voicing the Canadian Short Story is broad in scope and its readings are valuable to Canadian literature as a whole, making the book of interest to students of Canadian literature or the short story, and to readers of both.

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Kruk (...) celebrate[s] the achievements of short-story writers as well as the kind of national identity, based mainly on regional identification, that they helped to highlight. (...) Her conclusion reads like a

celebration of both family and community, in all its variety, in a remote part

of the country. And this is the main point of the book: to celebrate the

achievements of short-story writers as well as the kind of national identity,

based mainly on regional identification, that they helped to highlight.

 
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Alice Munro’s Miraculous Art

Fiamengo, JaniceLynch, Gerald (Hrsg.) | University of Ottawa Press | Reappraisals: Canadian Writers


Alice Munro’s Miraculous Art is a collection of sixteen original essays on Nobel laureate Alice Munro’s writings. The volume covers the entirety of Munro’s career, from the first stories she published in the early 1950s as an undergraduate at the University of Western Ontario to her final books. It offers an enlightening range of approaches and interpretive strategies, and provides many new perspectives, reconsidered positions and analyses that will enhance the reading, teaching, and appreciation of Munro’s remarkable—indeed miraculous—work.

Following the editors’ introduction—which surveys Munro’s recurrent themes, explains the design of the book, and summarizes each contribution—Munro biographer Robert Thacker contributes a substantial bio-critical introduction to her career. The book is then divided into three sections, focusing on Munro’s characteristic forms, themes, and most notable literary effects.

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Alice Munro's Miraculous Art amply illustrates the complexity, multi-layeredness and ambiguities of Munro's work because (not in spite) of this narrow frame - with not a "defensive tone" to speak of.

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Munro’s characteristic themes are delineated in five close critical readings of particular stories illustrating her reworking of core materials over decades, creating a multidimensional effect in her treatment of female sexual desire and erotic fantasy, mother–daughter relations, situations of social unease, threat, and betrayal.

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Janice Fiamengo and Gerald Lynch’s edited collection of

essays on Alice Munro brings together a number of rigorous pieces from scholars

across the country on one of Canada’s best writers....Taken together, the

essays collected in Alice Munro’s Miraculous Art make an

important addition to the substantial corpus of literary criticism on Munro,

incorporating new and important perspectives on the beloved Canadian short

story writer.

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Janice Fiamengo is Full Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, specializing in early Canadian literature. She is the author of The Women’s Page (University of Toronto Press, 2008) and of numerous journal articles on Canadian women writers.

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Gerald Lynch has authored seven books and edited some dozen others, including three previously in the Reappraisals series. His critical studies include Stephen Leacock: Humour and Humanity (McGill-Queens University Press, 1988) and The One and the Many: Canadian Short Story Cycles (University of Toronto Press, 2001). He has published numerous short stories, essays and reviews, including a number on the writings of Munro. He is a former winner of the National Magazine gold award for short fiction, and has been teaching at the University of Ottawa since 1985.

 
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Die Lebensstunde

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„Es bleibt die Wahrheit, dass das Leben brüchig ist. Auch Menschen sind nicht eindeutig charakterlich festzulegen. In ihnen liegen unaufhebbare Gegensätze, verstecken sich manchmal. Keine Weltordnung regelt alles.“

Von spontanen Anfängen, vom Sich-treiben-Lassen und von offenen Enden erzählen die Kurzgeschichten dieses Bandes, die Sigrid Lichtenberger in der Nachkriegszeit zu Papier brachte, um sie nun einer breiten Öffentlichkeit vorzustellen.

Sigrid Lichtenbergers Geschichten machen nachdenklich, sie berühren und bereichern. Das Leben ist chaotisch, nicht zu planen oder zu bändigen, dafür aber umso vielfältiger.

 
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Münder Seele Tauschend

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Der Titel "Münder Seele Tauschend" kündigt Zwiesprache an, Zwiesprache vielfacher Art: leidenschaftlich, bitter,sarkastisch, einsam - mit Menschen, Zeiten, Räumen, Orten, Geistern, aber immer die Gegenwart meinend, unsere Gegenwart. Es sind, wie das Nachwort von Dieter Reible vermerkt, notwendige Gedichte.

 
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Wege finden

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„Mein Lebensweg zielt auf ein Du hin, ich möchte nicht Ich schreiben, sondern Wir.“

Eine Lebensgeschichte, die so viel mehr ist als das. Gedanken, Eindrücke, Erfahrungen, Träume. Wer kann darüber schon berichten?

Sigrid Lichtenberger. Schnörkellos und doch poetisch, unverkitscht und doch einfühlsam gelingt es ihr vortrefflich, ein Stück ihrer Seele auf Papier zu bannen.

Den Krieg überstanden, viele Fragen, wenige Antworten, keine deutliche Zukunft und doch das Leben mit Zuversicht anpacken. Das lässt uns Sigrid Lichtenberger miterleben. Dazu gehört auch die Auseinandersetzung mit der nächsten Generation und die Frage, was an Jüngere weitergegeben werden kann.

 
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Zwischen den Zeilen

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Hans Herbst ist ein großartiger Erzähler: neue Geschichten von unterwegs!Diese Kurzgeschichten bergen intensive Lese-Erfahrungen, und zwar „Zwischen den Zeilen“. Hans Herbst liefert seinen Lesern großartige Geschichten voller Menschlichkeit, erzählt mit lakonischer Weisheit. Der weit gereiste Weltenbummler kombiniert Exotisches und Alltägliches gekonnt zu glaubwürdigen Geschichten und Figuren. Die Stories sind jede auf ihre Weise eine Hommage an das Leben und die Menschen.Gegensätze, vor allem kulturelle, destillieren in zwischenmenschlichen Situationen zu klaren, ehrlichen Perspektiven auf unterschiedliche Lebensentwürfe. So geht eine Frau afrikanischer Herkunft gestärkt aus einer brenzligen Situation mit Skinheads hervor, weil sie durch die Bedrohung ihre kulturellen Wurzeln und ihre Identität wieder fühlen kann.Wer Herbsts Bücher schon kennt, trifft die Figur Krebs auch in „Zwischen den Zeilen“ wieder. Und die, die ihn nicht kennen, werden den ewig Reisenden nun endlich kennen lernen.

 
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