Left Hook: A Sideways Look at Canadian Writing

Left Hook A Sideways Look at Canadian Writing In this collection of incisive cogent essays former Poet Laureate and Governor General s Award winner George Bowering explores the varied and often misunderstood landscape of Canadian literature and

  • Title: Left Hook: A Sideways Look at Canadian Writing
  • Author: George Bowering
  • ISBN: 9781551928456
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this collection of incisive, cogent essays, former Poet Laureate and Governor General s Award winner George Bowering explores the varied and often misunderstood landscape of Canadian literature and culture Offering close readings of the works of a wide array of writers Michael Ondaatje, Robert Kroetsch, Ethel Wilson, Milton Acorn, Daphne Marleatt, bpNichol and many moIn this collection of incisive, cogent essays, former Poet Laureate and Governor General s Award winner George Bowering explores the varied and often misunderstood landscape of Canadian literature and culture Offering close readings of the works of a wide array of writers Michael Ondaatje, Robert Kroetsch, Ethel Wilson, Milton Acorn, Daphne Marleatt, bpNichol and many Bowering considers what it means to be a Canadian writer, and a Canadian reader Throughout, he considers the themes, preoccupations and hooks that abide in our national literature And amid explorations of Sheila Watson s Double Hook and Margaret Atwood s sharp lines of poetry like a hook into an eye Bowering manages to land a few punches of his own.In Left Hook Bowering throws assumptions about national identity into the ring with modernism and postmodernism, regionalism and anti centrism Along the way he makes delightful digressions about his personal experiences growing up in B.C s Okanagan Valley playing baseball and reading dime novels his attraction repulsion to American culture discovering poetry as a young man his first encounter with Al Purdy s teeth staining homemade wine Above all, he tells us with infections enthusiasm about the books and writers he loves.Always engaging, Bowering is the ultimate literary conversationalist informed and intimate, intelligent and irreverent.

    One thought on “Left Hook: A Sideways Look at Canadian Writing”

    1. A collection of essays by one of Canada's former Poet Laureates.I enjoyed most of them, although there were a few that required more background in criticism than I possess.

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