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Canadian Gothic : Literature, History, and the Spectre of Self-Invention, Hardback Book

Canadian Gothic : Literature, History, and the Spectre of Self-Invention Hardback


This book explores the Gothic tradition in Canadian literature by tracing a distinctive reworking of the British Gothic in Canada.

It traces the ways the Gothic genre was reinvented for a specifically Canadian context.

On the one hand, Canadian writers expressed anxiety about the applicability of the British Gothic tradition to the colonies; on the other, they turned to the Gothic for its vitalising rather than unsettling potential.

After charting this history of Gothic infusion, Canadian Gothic turns its attention to the body of Aboriginal and diasporic writings that respond to this discourse of national self-invention from a post-colonial perspective.

These counter-narratives unsettle the naturalising force of this invented history, rendering the sense of Gothic comfort newly strange.

The Canadian Gothic tradition has thus been a conflicted one, which reimagines the Gothic as a form of cultural sustenance.

This volume offers an important reconsideration of the Gothic legacy in Canada.




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