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The Resource Catching the torch : contemporary Canadian literary responses to World War I, Neta Gordon

Catching the torch : contemporary Canadian literary responses to World War I, Neta Gordon

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Catching the torch : contemporary Canadian literary responses to World War I
Title
Catching the torch
Title remainder
contemporary Canadian literary responses to World War I
Statement of responsibility
Neta Gordon
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Language
eng
Summary
Catching the Torch examines contemporary novels and plays written about Canada's participation in World War I. Exploring such works as Jane Urquhart's The Underpainter and The Stone Carvers, Jack Hodgins's Broken Ground, Kevin Kerr's Unity (1918), Stephen Massicotte's Mary's Wedding, and Frances Itani's Deafening, the book considers how writers have dealt with the compelling myth that the Canadian nation was born in the trenches of the Great War. In contrast to British and European remembrances of WWI, which tend to regard it as a cataclysmic destroyer of innocence, or Australian myths that promote an ideal of outsize masculinity, physical bravery, and white superiority, contemporary Canadian texts conjure up notions of distinctively Canadian values: tolerance of ethnic difference, the ability to do one's duty without complaint or arrogance, and the inclination to show moral as well as physical courage. Paradoxically, Canadians are shown to decry the horrors of war while making use of its productive cultural effects. Through a close analysis of the way sacrifice, service, and the commemoration of war are represented in these literary works, Catching the Torch argues that iterations of a secure mythic notion of national identity, one that is articulated via the representation of straightforward civic and military participation, work to counter current anxieties about the stability of the nation-state, in particular anxieties about the failure of the ideal of a national "character."
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Gordon, Neta,
Dewey number
810.93581
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Canadian literature
  • Canadian literature
  • War in literature
  • World War, 1914-1918
Target audience
adult
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Catching the torch : contemporary Canadian literary responses to World War I, Neta Gordon
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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MWT12147361
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1 online resource.
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  • online
  • electronic
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9781554589869
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
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MWT12147361
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remote
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12147361
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Catching the torch : contemporary Canadian literary responses to World War I, Neta Gordon
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT12147361
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781554589869
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT12147361
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12147361
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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