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Contemporary Canadian Women’s Fiction

Refiguring Identities

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 1-8
  3. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 9-23
  4. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 25-52
  5. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 53-78
  6. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 79-101
  7. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 103-124
  8. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 125-142
  9. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 143-165
  10. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 167-181
  11. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 183-197
  12. Coral Ann Howells
    Pages 199-203
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 205-230

About this book


This book charts the significant changes in contemporary Canada's literary profile since the mid-1990s, within a context of the new national rhetoric of multiculturalism. By looking closely at a representative range of fictions in English by women from a variety of ethnocultural backgrounds, Howells examines the complexities embedded within Canadian identity. What does 'Refiguring Identities' mean for these writers, given their individual agendas and the multiple affiliation of any woman's identity construction? All these writers are engaged in rewriting history across generation, and Howells argues that woman's fiction negotiates new possibilities for cultural change, introducing more heterogeneous narratives of identity in multi-cultural Canada.


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About the authors

CORAL ANN HOWELLS is Professor of English and Canadian Literature at the University of Reading, England. Born and educated in Australia, she obtained her PhD in London. She has been Visiting Professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario, and has lectured extensively on Canadian women's fiction and women's writing in other postcolonial literatures in English in the United States, Europe, India and Australia. Her previous books include Love, Mystery and Misery, Private and Fictional Words: Canadian Women Novelists of the 1970's and 80s, Jean Rhys, Margaret Atwood, and Alice Munro, together with numerous essays published in international journals.

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