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The Literary History of Saskatchewan

by David Carpenter

The Literary History of Saskatchewan

The Literary History of Saskatchewan Volume I ~ Beginnings

Shortlisted for the University of Regina Faculty of Education & Campion College Award for Publishing in Education, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014

Saskatchewan's literary history is both colourful and complex. It is also mature enough to deserve a critical investigation of its roots and origins, its salient features and its prominent players. This collection of scholarly essays, conceptualized and compiled by well-known Saskatchewan novelist, essayist and scholar David Carpenter, examines the Saskatchewan literary scene, from its early Aboriginal storytellers on through to the decades to the burgeoning 1970s.

The dozen essays, preceded by David Carpenter's introduction, include such topics as "Our New Storytellers: Cree Literature in Saskatchewan"; "The Literary Construction of Saskatchewan before 1905: Narratives of Trade, Rebellion and Settlement"; and "The New Generation: The Seventies Remembered". Also included are special topics, among them "Playwriting in Saskatchewan"; "Feral Muse, Angelic Muse - the Poetry of Anne Szumigalski"; and tribute pieces to John V. Hicks, R.D Symons, Terrence Heath and Alex Karras.

The contributing scholars include Kristina Fagan, Jenny Kerber, Susan Gingell, Ken Mitchell and Martin Winquist.

*Coteau Books has made The Literary History of Saskatchwan Volume 1 ~ Beginnings available in alternate formats in cooperation with NNELS.





6" x 9" 288 pages
19.95 CDN; 19.95 USD
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David Carpenter
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About the Author

David Carpenter began writing as a translator and critic, but in the mid-1980s he turned to writing fiction. He is the author of four novels, three collections of short fiction, one book of poems, and three works of literary nonfiction. His most recent books have won more than a dozen literary  awards, among which are the Independent Booksellers (NYC) Silver Medal for short fiction (Welcome to Canada),  the Saskatchewan Book Awards' "Book of the Year" (A Hunter's Confession), the National CODE Award (The Education of Augie Merasty), and the prestigious Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. 



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