Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada

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Dean Irvine and Smaro Kamboureli (eds), Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016), 335 pp. Paper. $34.39. ISBN 978-1-77112-111-8.

This book marks the twelfth volume in the TransCanada series, developed under the direction of Smaro Kamboreli and produced under the aegis of the TransCanada Institute over a decade-long engagement with interdisciplinary explorations of Canadian literary culture. Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada arises out of a workshop held in 2011 that brought together the TransCanada Institute and the Editing Modernism in Canada project. The editors define the aim of the collection of essays that comprise the volume:

If there was a single driving force that led to Editing as Cultural Practice, it was the desire to examine editing as a 'discipline' that is inextricably related not only to the various mediating processes that produce, or reproduce, a published text but also to the discursive and material manifestations of the making of Canadian literature as a diverse corpus. (pp. 14-15)

Irvine and Kamboureli remark that the notion of editing and the role of the editor in relation to the literary history, composition, and reception of Canadian literature has received scant scholarly attention, making this volume a welcome addition to scholarship on Canada's literary culture. It should rightly be taken as an entry into the formalised study of the role of editing and editors in the shaping of culture, laying an important foundation.

The 15 chapters range from investigations of the challenges, complexities, and nuances of editing works by specific authors, such as Christl Verduyn's discussion of the editorial and literary theory that informed her two editorial projects on the writing of Marian Engel; Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre's argument that central to L. …

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