Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Rhetoric of Canadian Writing

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Rhetoric of Canadian Writing

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Conny Steenman-Marcusse (ed.), The Rhetoric of Canadian Writing (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002), 304pp. Paper. $52. ISBN 9-0420-1290-0.

Coral Ann Howells opens her essay in this collection with Northrop Frye's famous question about Canadian identity, 'where is here?' and then points to Margaret Atwood's reconstitution of that same question into the necessary 'who are we?' This shift signals a progression within Canadian identity politics, and it is one that Howells maps very successfully and fruitfully onto the path of Atwood's developing canon. Equally, this question of 'who are we?' can be seen as the uniting process behind each of these disparate essays collected here by Steenman- Marcusse.

The book comprises a collection of articles that first saw life as conference papers on Canadian rhetoric, and consequently, their focus is both diverse and divergent. Each essay attempts to draw a line around its topic, whether by gender or colour, along the French/English divide, by geographical boundary, or by historical context. However, it is in the moments when these divisions break down, when boundaries overlap, that these articles begin to amalgamate as a project; seemingly, it is through diversity that contemporary Canada is to be unified. Notably, Monique Dull addresses this contradiction of Kinship ('who are we?') and Nation ('where is here?') in her examination of that stalwart of Canadian fiction, Anne of Green Gables. …

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