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Challenging Canada - Dialogism and Narrative Techniques in Canadian Novels

Helms, Gabrielle

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ISBN 10: 0773525874 / ISBN 13: 9780773525870
Published by McGill-Queens Press, Montreal & Kingston, 2003, Kingston, 2003
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Title: Challenging Canada - Dialogism and Narrative...

Publisher: McGill-Queens Press, Montreal & Kingston, 2003, Kingston

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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In Challenging Canada Gabriele Helms examines novels by Jeannette Armstrong, Joy Kogawa, Daphne Marlatt, Sky Lee, Aritha van Herk, Thomas King, and Margaret Sweatman. As resistance literature, these novels question the idea of a homogeneous Canadian culture based on the idea of a peaceable kingdom. Helms shows how narrative techniques can contribute to or impede a text's challenges to hegemonic discourses and social injustices; novels become valuable sources for cultural studies because cultural experiences are translated into and meanings are produced by their narrative forms. literature. Gabriele Helms develops a cultural narratology to argue that the contemporary Canadian novels in English considered in this book challenge dominant constructions of Canada from positions of difference and resistance, inscribing previously oppressed and silenced voices through dialogic relations. She makes Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of dialogism amenable to textual analysis and problematizes its ideological forces by emphasizing elements of struggle and conflict. Challenging Canada rejects dialogism as a normative liberal pluralism and understands the inequality between voices as historically and socially constructed.

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