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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature

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When first published in 1972, Survival was considered the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. Since then, it has continued to be read and taught, and it continues to shape the way Canadians look at themselves. Distinguished, provocative, and written in effervescent, compulsively readable prose, Survival is simultaneously a book of criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: “What have been the central preoccupations of our poetry and fiction?” Her answer is “survival and victims.”

Atwood applies this thesis in twelve brilliant, witty, and impassioned chapters; from Moodie to MacLennan to Blais, from Pratt to Purdy to Gibson, she lights up familiar books in wholly new perspectives.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

She is the author of more than forty books — novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwoods work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaids Tale and Cats Eye — both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride, winner of the Trillium Book Award and a finalist for the Governor Generals Award; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Governor Generals Award, the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Oryx and Crake, a finalist for The Giller Prize, the Governor Generals Award, the Orange Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent books of fiction are The Penelopiad, The Tent, and Moral Disorder. She is the recipient of numerous honours, such as The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., Le Chevalier dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and she was the first winner of the London Literary Prize. She has received honorary degrees from universities across Canada, and one from Oxford University in England.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction By Margaret Atwood

What, Why, And Where Is Here?

How To Use This Book

Survival

Nature The Monster

Animal Victims

First People: Indians And Eskimos As Symbols

Ancestral Totems: Explorers • Settlers

Family Portrait: Masks Of The Bear

Failed Sacrifices: The Reluctant Immigrant

The Casual Incident Of Death: Futile Heroes, Unconvincing Martyrs And Other Bad Ends

The Paralyzed Artist

Ice Women Vs Earth Mothers: The Stone Angel And The Absent Venus

QuŽbec: Burning Mansions

Jail-Breaks And Re-Creations

Sources Of Epigraphs

Authors Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780771008726
Subtitle:
A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart
Author:
Atwood, Margaret
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Canadian
Subject:
Canadian literature
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
G-2003-46
Publication Date:
20040323
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.52 x 5.52 x .79 in .9063 lb

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