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Open Country: Canadian Literature In English, 1st Edition

By Robert Lecker
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ISBN-10: 0176103988
ISBN-13: 9780176103989
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st
Robert Lecker (McGill University), one of the most thoughtful and respected CanadianLiterature scholars in the country, has worked very hard to put together an excitingnew anthology that includes some old favourites and some unexpected surprises!

Thisamazing new anthology is centered around tested stories that professors around thecountry have told us work in their classrooms.Open Country, Canadian Literature in English includes poetry and short stories fromearly Canadian Literature to the present.

The content is also available in four splits:

  1. Canadian Poetry
  2. Canadian Short Fiction
  3. Canadian Literature: The Beginning to 1950
  4. Canadian Literature: 1950 to the Present.

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

  • Oliver Goldsmith 1794-1861
  • The Rising Village
  • Thomas Chandler Haliburton 1796-1865
  • Gulling a Blue Nose
  • Catharine Parr Traill 1802-1899
  • The Bereavement
  • Susanna Moodie 1803-1885
  • A Visit to Grosse Isle
  • Our First Settlement, and the Borrowing System
  • Brian, the Still-Hunter
  • Adieu to the Woods
  • Charles Sangster 1822-1893
  • From The St. Lawrence and the Saguenay
  • Isabella Valancy Crawford 1850-1887
  • The Dark Stag
  • The Rose
  • The Canoe
  • The Lily Bed
  • Malcolm's Katie
  • Charles G.D. Roberts 1860-1943
  • The Tantramar Revisited
  • The Furrow
  • The Sower
  • The Potato Harvest
  • The Waking Earth
  • The Cow Pasture
  • When Milking Time Is Done
  • Frogs
  • The Pea-Fields
  • The Mowing
  • The Winter Fields
  • The Flight of the Geese
  • O Solitary of the Austere Sky
  • The Iron Edge of Winter
  • Ernest Thompson Seton 1860-1946
  • Lobo, the King of Currumpaw
  • Bliss Carman 1861-1929
  • Low Tide on Grand Pre (written in 1886, publ. in 1893)
  • A Northern Vigil
  • By the Aurelian Wall
  • I Loved Thee, Atthis, in the Long Ago
  • Vestigia
  • The Winter Scene
  • E. Pauline Johnson 1861-1913
  • A Cry from an Indian Wife
  • The Idlers
  • The Pilot of the Plains
  • The Cattle Thief
  • Ojistoh
  • The Corn Husker
  • Archibald Lampman 1861-1899
  • The Railway Station
  • Among the Timothy
  • The Frogs
  • Heat
  • In October
  • Morning on the Lievres
  • Winter Evening
  • In November
  • The City of the End of Things
  • Winter Uplands
  • At the Long Sault: May, 1660
  • Duncan Campbell Scott 1862-1947
  • The Onondaga Madonna
  • The Piper of Arll
  • The Forsaken
  • Night Hymns on Lake Nipigon
  • On the Way to the Mission
  • The Height of Land
  • At Gull Lake: August, 1810
  • Stephen Leacock 1869-1944
  • My Financial Career
  • The Whirlwind Campaign in Mariposa
  • Frederick Philip Grove 1879-1948
  • The House of Many Eyes
  • E.J. Pratt 1882-1964
  • Newfoundland
  • The Highway
  • From Stone to Steel
  • The Man and the Machine
  • The Submarine
  • The Truant
  • Still Life
  • Marjorie Pickthall 1883-1922
  • Dream River
  • The Pool
  • Improvisation on the Flute
  • Miranda's Tomb
  • The Spell
  • The Princess in the Tower
  • Ethel Wilson 1888-1980
  • Mr. Sleepwalker
  • W.W. E. Ross 1894-1966
  • Curving, the Moon
  • Lovers
  • Wild Rose
  • The Diver
  • Good Angels
  • First Snow
  • Raymond Knister 1899-1932
  • The Fate of Mrs. Lucier
  • F.R. Scott 1899-1985
  • North Stream
  • Laurentian Shield
  • A Grain of Rice
  • Lakeshore
  • National Identity
  • A Lass in Wonderland
  • Harry Robinson 1900-1990
  • You Think It's A Stump, But Thats My Grandfather
  • A.J.M. Smith 1902-1980
  • The Lonely Land
  • A Hyacinth for Edith
  • Prothalamium
  • Like an Old Proud King in a Parable
  • Noctambule
  • The Archer
  • Metamorphosis
  • The Wisdom of Old Jelly Roll
  • Morley Callaghan 1903-1990
  • The Blue Kimono
  • Earle Birney 1904-1995
  • Anglosaxon Street
  • David
  • Vancouver Lights
  • Bushed
  • The Bear on the Delhi Road
  • CanLit
  • El Greco: Espolio
  • November Walk Near False Creek Mouth
  • Sinclair Ross 1908-1996
  • The Lamp at Noon
  • A.M. Klein 1909-1972
  • Design for Mediaeval Tapestry
  • Heirloom
  • Autobiographical
  • Portrait of the Poet as Landscape
  • The Rocking Chair
  • Dorothy Livesay 1909-1996
  • Green Rain
  • Day and Night
  • London Revisited 1946
  • The Three Emily's
  • Bartok and the Geranium
  • Lament for J.F.B.L.
  • The Notations of Love
  • Sheila Watson 1909-1998
  • Antigone
  • Anne Wilkinson 1910-1961
  • Lake Song
  • Summer Acres
  • In June and Gentle Oven
  • Lens
  • Letter To My Children
  • Variations on a Theme
  • Irving Layton 1912-2006
  • The Swimmer
  • The Birth of Tragedy
  • Composition in Late Spring
  • The Fertile Muck
  • For Mao Tse-Tung: A Meditation on Flies and Kings
  • Whatever Else Poetry Is Freedom
  • A Tall Man Executes a Jig
  • To the Victims of the Holocaust
  • P.K. Page 1916-
  • The Stenographers
  • Stories of Snow
  • Arras
  • The Permanent Tourists
  • Photos of a Salt Mine
  • T-Bar
  • After Rain
  • Cook's Mountains
  • After Reading Albino Pheasants
  • Margaret Avison 1918-
  • The Apex Animal
  • Snow
  • Meeting Together of Poles and Latitudes (in Prospect)
  • Searching and Sounding
  • Strong Yellow, for Reading Aloud
  • Just Left or the Night Margaret Laurence Died
  • Al Purdy 1918-2000
  • The Cariboo Horses
  • The Country North of Belleville
  • Home-Made Beer
  • Trees at the Arctic Circle
  • When I Sat Down to Play the Piano
  • At the Quinte Hotel
  • Lament for the Dorsets
  • Wilderness Gothic
  • The Horsemen of Agawa
  • Piling Blood
  • Say the Names
  • Raymond Souster 1921-
  • Young Girls
  • Study: The Bath
  • Two Dead Robins
  • The Six-Quart Basket
  • Get the Poem Outdoors
  • Mavis Gallant 1922-
  • The Moslem Wife
  • Robin Blaser 1925-
  • The Medium
  • Image-Nation 12 (Actus)
  • The Truth Is Laughter 6
  • Image-Nation 21 (territory
  • Margaret Laurence 1926-1987
  • To Set Our House in Order
  • Robert Kroetsch 1927-
  • Meditation on Tom Thomson
  • Pumpkin: A Love Poem
  • Stone Hammer Poem
  • From Seed Catalogue
  • Phyllis Webb 1927-
  • Lament
  • Breaking
  • Making
  • Poetics Against the Angel of Death
  • Suite I
  • Suite II
  • Rilke
  • Treblinka Gas Chamber
  • Heidegger, notes of music
  • Attend
  • Hugh Hood 1928-2000
  • Going Out as a Ghost
  • Timothy Findley 1930-2002
  • Dreams
  • Alice Munro 1931-
  • The Bear Came Over the Mountain
  • Alden Nowlan 1933-1983
  • Warren Pryor
  • The Bull Moose
  • And He Wept Aloud, So That the Egyptians Heard It
  • The Mysterious Naked Man
  • On the Barrens
  • Austin Clarke 1934-
  • A Short Drive
  • Leonard Cohen 1934-
  • Poem
  • I Have Not Lingered in European Monasteries
  • Style
  • What I'm Doing Here
  • Suzanne
  • Famous Blue Raincoat
  • The Poems Don't Love Us Anymore
  • How To Speak Poetry
  • Closing Time
  • Leon Rooke 1934-
  • The Woman's Guide to Home Companionship
  • Rudy Wiebe 1934-
  • Where Is the Voice Coming From?
  • George Bowering 1935-
  • The Acts (from Autobiology)
  • Feet, Not Eyes
  • Desert Elm
  • Elegy 1 (from Kerrisdale Elegies)
  • Do Sink
  • Musing on Some Poets
  • Fall 1962. Vancouver
  • Joy Kogawa 1935-
  • From Obasan
  • Alistair MacLeod 1936-
  • The Boat
  • Claire Harris 1937-
  • Where the Sky Is a Pitiful Tent
  • Jane in Summer
  • John Metcalf 1938-
  • The Nipples of Venus
  • John Newlove 1938-2004
  • Crazy Riel
  • The Pride
  • Ride Off Any Horizon
  • Notes From And Among the Wars
  • Insect Hopes
  • Margaret Atwood 1939-
  • This Is a Photograph of Me
  • The Animals in That Country
  • Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer
  • Departure from the Bush
  • Newsreel: Man and Firing Squad
  • Tricks with Mirrors
  • Marrying the Hangman
  • Notes Towards a Poem That Can Never Be Written
  • How To Tell One Country from Another
  • The Loneliness of the Military Historian
  • Margaret Atwood 1939-
  • Hairball
  • bill bissett 1939-
  • jed bi kor benskt trik
  • 2 awake in the red desert
  • Beyond Even Faithful Legends
  • KILLER WHALE
  • yaji yaji from MEDICINE my mouths on fire
  • this is a konkreet poem
  • th ordr uv things wher is th ordr
  • Patrick Lane 1939-
  • Wild Horses
  • As It Is with Birds and Bulls
  • Albino Pheasants
  • Still Hunting
  • There Is a Time
  • The Far Field
  • Go Leaving Strange
  • That Cold Blue Morning
  • Fred Wah 1939-
  • "Waiting for Saskatchewan"
  • Elite 1
  • Elite 2
  • Elite 3
  • Elite 4
  • Elite 5
  • Elite 6
  • Elite 7
  • Elite 8
  • Elite 9
  • Elite 10
  • Father/Mother Haibun # 4
  • "After Our Family Moves Out to British Columbia"
  • "The Christmas Before He Dies He Comes to"
  • "Famous Chinese Restaurant Is the Name of a"
  • Clark Blaise 1940-
  • Identity
  • Sharon Butala 1940-
  • Light
  • Gwendolyn MacEwen 1941-1987
  • Eden, Eden
  • Breakfast for Barbarians
  • Manzini: Escape Artist
  • Poems in Braille
  • The Shadow-Maker
  • Dark Pines Under Water
  • Feisal
  • In Bed
  • The Mirage
  • My Father
  • The Peace Conference
  • The Water-Bearer
  • The Tao of Physics
  • Daphne Marlatt 1942-
  • At Birch Bay
  • Imagine: a town
  • Steveston as you find it:
  • in the dark of the coast
  • prairie
  • space activities
  • Don McKay 1942-
  • The Boy's Own Guide to Dream Birds
  • The Great Blue Heron
  • Kestrels
  • How To Imagine an Albatross
  • Fates Worse Than Death (part of Material [accent on e])
  • Finger Pointing at the Moon
  • Stress, Shear, and Strain Theories of Failure
  • Thomas King 1943-
  • Borders
  • Michael Ondaatje 1943-
  • Henri Rousseau and Friends
  • King Kong Meets Wallace Stevens
  • Letters and Other Worlds
  • White Dwarfs
  • 'The gate in his head'
  • Heron Rex
  • The Cinnamon Peeler
  • Red Accordion - An Immigrant Song
  • Death at Kataragama
  • bp Nichol 1944-1988
  • after hokusai
  • Not What the Siren Sang But What the Frag Ment
  • TTA 4: original version
  • TTA 5: re-arranging words in poem in alphabetical order
  • TTA 19: replacing words with their meanings using Webster's
  • probable systems 4: this one's for james joyce?
  • Allegory #4
  • Frame 16
  • Steve McCaffery 1947 Poem for Arthur Cravan
  • Gnotes
  • Instruction Manual
  • Marlene Nourbese Philip 1947-
  • Discourse on the Logic of Language
  • From She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks
  • John Steffler 1947-
  • cliffs
  • Two rock paws.
  • From Halki
  • That Night We Were Ravenous
  • Cook's Line
  • Lorna Crozier 1948-
  • Fishing in Air
  • Myths
  • Facts About My Father
  • Mrs Bentley
  • A Kind of Love
  • The Sacrifice of Isaac
  • Blizzard
  • Anne Carson 1950-
  • The Truth about God
  • Barbara Gowdy 1950-
  • We So Seldom Look on Love
  • Tim Lilburn 1950-
  • Blessed Jan Ruysbroek, Gardening at Groenendael
  • Part of the Inheritance
  • Contemplation Is Mourning
  • Learning a Deeper Courtesy of the Eye
  • Restoration
  • Its Seeing Perfumed Fist
  • Sleeping Four Nights in a Tree
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe 1951-
  • The Watcher
  • Di Brandt 1952-
  • but what do you think my father says
  • missionary position (1)
  • poem for a guy who's thought about feminism
  • how long does it take to forget a murder
  • here at the heart of the ravaged heart
  • Zone:
  • Rohinton Mistry 1952-
  • Squatter
  • Dionne Brand 1953-
  • No Language Is Neutral
  • From Thirsty (sections XI, XX, XXXI)
  • Bill Gaston 1953-
  • The Alcoholist
  • Neil Bissoondath 1955-
  • Continental Drift
  • Marilyn Dumont 1955-
  • The Devil's Language
  • The Sound of One Hand Drumming
  • monuments, cowboys & indians, tin cans, and red wagons
  • Marc Anthony Jarman 1955-
  • Burn Man on a Texas Porch
  • Erin Moure 1955-
  • Certain Words, A Garden
  • Post-Modern Literature
  • Miss Chatelaine
  • The Beauty of Furs
  • The Beauty of Furs: A Site Glossary
  • Safety of the State
  • Erosion Theory Coil Theory Maintenance Device
  • Jan Zwicky 1955-
  • Language Is Hands
  • Last Steps
  • Driving Northwest
  • The Geology of Norway
  • Robinson's Crossing
  • John Barton 1957-
  • Haro Strait
  • The Totems Permit Me Peace
  • Great Men
  • Stains
  • From a Journey Around the World
  • The Living Room
  • Plasma, Triangles of Silk
  • In the House of the Present
  • Elise Levine 1959-
  • You Are You Because Your Little Dog Loves You
  • George Elliott Clarke 1960-
  • Four Guitars (From Whylah Falls)
  • The River Pilgrim: A Letter (from Whylah Falls)
  • Reading Titus Andronicus in Three Mile Plains, N.S.
  • Language
  • IX/XI
  • Lisa Robertson 1960-
  • Sad Part (from Debbie: An Epic)
  • Friday (from The Weather)
  • Wooden Houses
  • Douglas Coupland 1961-
  • Shopping Is Not Creating
  • Timothy Taylor 1963-
  • The Resurrection Plant
  • Tim Bowling 1964-
  • Dying Scarlet
  • The Line
  • The Rhododendron
  • The Witness Ghost
  • Does the World Remember Us?
  • Memory
  • Lisa Moore 1964-
  • Grace
  • Michael Crummey 1965-
  • Serendipity
  • Joseph Boyden 1966-
  • Shawanagan Bingo Queen
  • Gregory Scofield 1966-
  • Conversation with the Poet
  • No Peace
  • Women Who Forgot the Taste of Limes
  • Karen Solie 1966-
  • Signs Taken for Wonders
  • Sturgeon
  • A Treatise on the Evils of Modern Homeopathic Medicine
  • Cipher Stroke
  • Determinism
  • Love Song of the Unreliable Narrator
  • Eden Robinson 1968-
  • Traplines
  • Ivan E. Coyote 1969-
  • Makeover
  • The Smart Money
  • Ken Babstock 1970-
  • Crab
  • The Expected
  • Head Injury Card
  • A Leave-Taking
  • Regenerative
  • Ataraxia
  • Palindromic
  • Lynn Coady 1970-
  • In Disguise as the Sky
  • Alissa York 1970-
  • The Back of the Bear's Mouth
  • David Bezmozgis 1973-
  • New Gravestone for an Old Grave
  • Madeleine Thien 1974-
  • Simple Recipes

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.