Avant-garde Canadian Literature

Avant-garde Canadian Literature

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In Avant-Garde Canadian Literature, Gregory Betts draws attention to the fact that the avant-garde has had a presence in Canada long before the country's literary histories have recognized, and that the radicalism of avant-garde art has been sabotaged by pedestrian terms of engagement by the Canadian media, the public, and the literary critics. This book presents a rich body of evidence to illustrate the extent to which Canadians have been producing avant-garde art since the start of the twentieth century. Betts explores the radical literary ambitions and achievements of three different nodes of avant-garde literary activity: mystical revolutionaries from the 1910s to the 1930s; Surrealists/Automatists from the 1920s to the 1960s; and Canadian Vorticists from the 1920s to the 1970s. Avant-Garde Canadian Literature offers an entrance into the vocabulary of the ongoing and primarily international debate surrounding the idea of avant-gardism, providing readers with a functional vocabulary for discussing some of the most hermetic and yet energetic literature ever produced in this country.years of Cosmic Canadian activity. ... The book is light and features a range of topics from satiric invective to anti-war polemics to semiotic meditations, including many ... Arm in arm We kindle fire In heaving cold, Lip on lip, Desire in desire.


Title:Avant-garde Canadian Literature
Author: Gregory Betts
Publisher:University of Toronto Press - 2013
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