Nationalism and Literature: The Politics of Culture in Canada and the United States

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Cambridge University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 213 pages
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Sarah Corse's analysis of nearly two hundred American and Canadian novels offers a theory of national literatures. Demonstrating that national canon formation occurs in tandem with nation-building, and that canonical novels play a symbolic role in this, this 1996 book accounts for cross-national literary differences, addresses issues of mediation and representation in theories of 'reflection', and illuminates the historically constructed nature of the relationship between literature and the nation-state.
 

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Contents

Introduction cultural fields and literary use
1
Nationbuilding and the historical timing of a national literature in the United States
18
Nationbuilding and the historical timing of a national literature in Canada
34
The canonical novels the politics of cultural nationalism
63
The literary prize winners revision and renewal
97
The bestsellers the economics of publishing and the convergence of popular taste
129
Literary meaning and cultural use
155
The canonical novels
171
The literary prize winners 19781987
172
The bestsellers 19781987
174
Coding sheet
178
Generic categories
182
References
184
Index
204
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