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Open Country: Canadian Short Stories In English, 1st Edition

By Robert Lecker
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Soft Cover
ISBN-10: 0176103899
ISBN-13: 9780176103897
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st
Open Country: Canadian Literature in English: Canadian Short Fiction is a contemporary showcase of the country’s writing. The collection includes extensive annotations that offer new interpretive possibilities for the study and appreciation of Canadian literature.

Editor Robert Lecker provides an unparalleled view of Canada’s literary evolution. This volume brings together short fiction by 48 authors who gained prominence between 1836 and the present, with an emphasis on contemporary writers and a focus on identity, race, gender, and sexuality.

Organized chronologically, the works of each author are introduced by a detailed bio-critical essay that provides background information about the influences and ideas shaping the selected works as well as the author’s career. Open Country: Canadian Literature in English: Canadian Short Fiction combines recognized works in the Canadian canon with innovative challenges to the tradition, creating a dynamic balance between the established and the new.

Features

  • The anthology is organized chronologically and the works of each author are first introduced by a detailed biography providing a glimpse into the life and circumstances that helped create each piece.
  • Comprehensive footnotes have been provided for many of the selections and a book companion website presents additional tools and resources.
  • Emphasis is given to Canadian authors from the past decade and Robert Lecker has also assembled a fair representation of female and aboriginal authors.
  • The anthology offers an excellent collection of contemporary fiction including unexpected stories from established authors with varied themes, such as ethnicity and race, gender, sexuality and the gay and lesbian experience.

Table of Contents

  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xii
  • Acknowledgements xvi
  • Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865) 1
  • Gulling a Blue Nose 2
  • Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899) 5
  • The Bereavement 6
  • Susanna Moodie (1803-1885) 11
  • A Visit to Grosse Isle 12
  • Our First Settlement, and the Borrowing System 19
  • Brian, the Still-Hunter 32
  • Adieu to the Woods 43
  • Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943) 49
  • The Iron Edge of Winter 50
  • Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946) 53
  • Lobo, the King of Currumpaw 54
  • Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) 63
  • My Financial Career 64
  • The Whirlwind Campaign in Mariposa 66
  • Frederick Philip Grove (1879-1948) 70
  • The House of Many Eyes 72
  • Ethel Wilson (1888-1980) 77
  • Mr. Sleepwalker 79
  • Raymond Knister (1899-1932) 90
  • The Fate of Mrs Lucier 91
  • Harry Robinson (1900-1990) 97
  • You Think Its a Stump, but Thats My Grandfather 98
  • Morley Callaghan (1903-1990) 104
  • The Blue Kimono 106
  • Sinclair Ross (1908-1996) 110
  • The Lamp at Noon 112
  • Sheila Watson (1909-1998) 119
  • Antigone 120
  • Mavis Gallant (1922-) 126
  • The Moslem Wife 128
  • Margaret Laurence (1926-1987) 153
  • To Set Our House in Order 154
  • Hugh Hood (1928-2000) 164
  • Going Out as a Ghost 166
  • Timothy Findley (1930-2002) 175
  • Dreams 177
  • Alice Munro (1931-) 190
  • The Bear Came over the Mountain 192
  • Austin Clarke (1934-) 219
  • A Short Drive 221
  • Leon Rooke (1934-) 233
  • The Womans Guide to Home Companionship 234
  • Rudy Wiebe (1934-) 242
  • Where Is the Voice Coming From? 244
  • Joy Kogawa (1935-) 250
  • From Obasan 252
  • Alistair MacLeod (1936-) 265
  • The Boat 267
  • John Metcalf (1938-) 278
  • The Nipples of Venus 280
  • Margaret Atwood (1939-) 295
  • Hairball 297
  • Clark Blaise (1940-) 306
  • Identity 307
  • Sharon Butala (1940-) 314
  • Light 315
  • Thomas King (1943-) 327
  • Borders 329
  • Barbara Gowdy (1950-) 336
  • We So Seldom Look on Love 337
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe (1951-) 345
  • The Watcher 346
  • Rohinton Mistry (1952-) 368
  • Squatter 369
  • Bill Gaston (1953-) 385
  • The Alcoholist 386
  • Neil Bissoondath (1955-) 392
  • Continental Drift 394
  • Mark Anthony Jarman (1955-) 404
  • Burn Man on a Texas Porch 405
  • Elise Levine (1959-) 413
  • You Are You Because Your Little Dog Loves You 415
  • Douglas Coupland (1961-) 424
  • Shopping Is Not Creating 425
  • Timothy Taylor (1963-) 429
  • The Resurrection Plant 431
  • Lisa Moore (1964-) 440
  • Grace 442
  • Michael Crummey (1965-) 471
  • Serendipity 472
  • Joseph Boyden (1966-) 478
  • Shawanagan Bingo Queen 480
  • Eden Robinson (1968-) 487
  • Traplines 489
  • Ivan E. Coyote (1969-) 505
  • Makeover 507
  • The Smart Money 509
  • Lynn Coady (1970-) 511
  • In Disguise as the Sky 513
  • Alissa York (1970-) 531
  • The Back of the Bears Mouth 533
  • David Bezmozgis (1973-) 537
  • A New Gravestone for an Old Grave 538
  • Madeleine Thien (1974-) 559
  • Simple Recipes 560
  • Credits 567
  • Index 571

Author Information

Robert Lecker

Robert Lecker is currently a professor at McGill University where his current research includes canonicity, literary history, readership and Contemporary Canadian fiction.