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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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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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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).

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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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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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Doktor Gröls‘ Almanach der Literatur

Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG


Ein kleiner großer Wissensschatz über Schriftsteller, Bücher, Bestsellerlisten, Nobelpreise und andere Dekorationen, das Lesen im Allgemeinen und die Sonderbarkeiten des Literaturbetriebs. Marcel Gröls versammelt in seinem Almanach verblüffende Fakten nebst allerlei herrlich unnützem Wissen aus der Welt der Literatur.

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Marcel Gröls, 1978 geboren, führt ein berufliches Doppelleben. Die Woche über leitet der Arbeitsrechtler und Personalwirt den Bereich Kollektivarbeitsrecht in einem großen Hamburger Konzern. Abends und am Wochenende betreibt der passionierte Literaturkenner mit www.fabelhafte-buecher.de eine Website mit Millionen Zugriffen und einem Dutzend freier Rezensenten. Marcel Gröls lebt in Hamburg.

 
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Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften

Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG


Inka Mülder-Bach, geboren 1953, ist Professorin für Neuere Deutsche Literatur und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft an der LMU München. Sie ist Autorin zahlreicher Schriften zur deutschen Literatur des 18. bis 20. Jahrhunderts und Herausgeberin der Werke Siegfried Kracauers. Inka Mülder-Bach lebt in München.

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Inka Mülder-Bach, geboren 1953, ist Professorin für Neuere Deutsche Literatur und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft an der LMU München. Sie ist Autorin zahlreicher Schriften zur deutschen Literatur des 18. bis 20. Jahrhunderts und Herausgeberin der Werke Siegfried Kracauers. Inka Mülder-Bach lebt in München.

 
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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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Wallanders Welt

Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG


Wo macht Wallander Urlaub? Warum hat ihn Mona verlassen? Was erbt er von seinem Vater? Hier finden Wallander-Leser alles über den berühmten Kommissar: über seine Familie, Freunde und Kollegen, über seine Tätigkeit in Ystad, Stockholm und Kopenhagen, über die Opern, die er hört und die Bücher, die er liest. Henning Mankell erzählt "wie es anfing, wie es endete und was dazwischen geschah".

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Henning Mankell, geboren 1948 in Härjedalen, Schweden, lebte als Theaterregisseur und Autor in Schweden und in Maputo (Mosambik). Seine Romane um Kommissar Wallander sind internationale Bestseller, u.a. Die fünfte Frau (1998) und Mittsommermord (2000). Zuletzt erschienen bei Zsolnay die Romane Daisy Sisters (2009) und Erinnerung an einen schmutzigen Engel (2012), die Krimis Der Chinese (2008), Der Feind im Schatten (2010) und Mord im Herbst (2013) sowie das Porträt Mankell über Mankell der dänischen Journalistin Kirsten Jacobsen. In seinem letzten und sehr persönlichen Buch Treibsand. Was es heißt, ein Mensch zu sein setzt er sich mit seiner schweren Krebserkrankung auseinander, der er am 5. Oktober 2015 erlegen ist.

 
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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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Die kleine und die grosse Liebe

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Hertha Koenig war dreiunddreißig Jahre alt, als "Die kleine und die große Liebe" 1917 im renommierten S. Fischer Verlag erschien. In ihrem zweiten Roman erzählt Hertha Koenig die Geschichte der jungen Gutsbesitzertochter Anna, die ihre Liebe zu ihrem Vetter Erich entdeckt und gegen Konventionen und die Unklarheit ihrer eigenen Gefühle ankämpfen muß. Von der traditionellen Frauenrolle und der aufkeimenden Emanzipationsbewegung gleichermaßen angezogen, entscheidet sich Anna für die große Liebe.

 
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