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- DescriptionWider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry anunces a bold revision of the genealogy of Canadian literary modernism by foregrounding the originary and exemplary contribution of women poets, critics, cultural activists, and experimental prose writers Dorothy Livesay, P.K. Page, Miriam Waddington, Phyllis Webb, Elizabeth Brewster, Jay Macpherson, Anne Wilkinson, Anne Marriott, and Elizabeth Smart. In the introduction, editor Di Brandt champions particularly the achievements of Livesay, Page, and Webb in setting the visionary parameters of Canadian and international literary modernism. The writers profiled in Wider Boundaries of Daring are the real founders of Canadian modernism, the contributors of this volume argue, both for their invative aesthetic and literary experiments and for their extensive cultural activism. They founded literary magazines and writers' groups, wrote newspaper columns, and created a new forum for intellectual debate on public radio. At the same time, they led busy lives as wives and mothers, social workers and teachers, editors and critics, and competed successfully with their male contemporaries in the public arena in an era when women were t generally encouraged to hold professional positions or pursue public careers. The ackwledgement of these writers' formidable contribution to the development of modernism in Canada, and along with it wider boundaries of daring for women and other people previously disadvantaged by racial, ethnic, or religious identifications, has profound implications for the way we read and understand Canadian literary and cultural history and for the shape of both national and international modernisms.
- Author BiographyBarbara Godard , was Historica Chair of Canadian Literature and a professor of English, French, social and political thought, and womenas studies at York University. She published widely on Canadian and Quebec cultures and on feminist and literary theory. As translator, she introduced works by Quebec women writers to an English readership, including Nicole Brossardas Picture Theory (1991, revised edition 2006) and France ThA(c)oretas The Tangible Word (1991). Di Brandt is the author of seven books of poetry as well as collections of critical and creative essays. She has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the CAA National Poetry Prize, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. She holds a Canada Research Chair in creative writing at Brandon University.
- PublisherWilfrid Laurier University Press
- Date of Publication01/02/2008
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationWaterloo, Ontario
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintWilfrid Laurier University Press
- Weight638 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edited byBarbara Godard,Di Brandt
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