Marxism and 20th-Century English-Canadian Novels

A New Approach to Social Realism

  • John Z. Ming Chen
  • Yuhua Ji

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. (Neo-)Marxist Approach, History, and Beginnings: Marxist Socialism and Canadian Social Realist Novels

  3. Theory, Urban Alienation, Sex, Politics: Socialism and Canadian Social Realist Novels

  4. Industrialization, Class Struggle, and Decolonization

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. John Z. Ming Chen, Yuhua Ji
      Pages 251-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-296

About this book


This monograph is the first academic work to apply a neo-Marxist approach to 20th-century Canadian social realist novels, pursuing a refreshingly (neo-)Marxist approach to such issues as Bakhtinian notions of the novelistic form and dialogism as applied to Canadian socio-political novels influenced by various socialisms, socialist-feminist concerns, economic and sexual politics, and the genre of social realism. In so doing, it demonstrates that Marxist socialism is as relevant today as it was in the 1930s, just as social realist novels continue to thrive as a critique of capitalism. Readers will find valuable insights into the social significance, formal innovations, moral sensitivity, aesthetic enrichment, and ideological complexity of Canadian social realist novels.


Class Struggle and Decolonization Class and Political Women English-Canadian Dialogic Novels Sex and Economics Social Realist Genre Violent Duality

Authors and affiliations

  • John Z. Ming Chen
    • 1
  • Yuhua Ji
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Foreign Languages and CulturesXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.College of Foreign Languages and CulturesXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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