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A Call for Cultural Symbiosis
Jüri Talvet, H.L. Hix
In a provocative and thoughtful essay, Estonia's preeminent poet and cultural critic, Jüri Talvet, investigates the role of culture in the postmodern world. Against the large background of historical values in western and world culture, Talvet inveighs against monologues and grand narratives launched by Western centers, envisaging instead a cultural...
Accidental Genius: The Pantheon of Modern American Poets
Accidental Genius
The Pantheon of Modern American Poets
Keith Garebian
Using many right-wing extremists in North America (which means, in effect, weird Republicans), Garebian takes well-known utterances of egregious political, social, and cultural atrocity and presents them as if they were modern poems deserving of serious academic consideration. The intent is to deflate by inflating them in mock-serious fashion. So,...
Adjacencies: Minority Writings in Canada
Minority Writings in Canada
Domenic Beneventi, Licia Canton, Lianne Moyes
These essays, written by scholars from across the country, "engage directly with the ambiguities and difficulties associated with the term 'minority writing'" - Sherry Simon. They do so by addressing the many ways in which minority writers not only create a sense of community and ethnic specificity but also open...
Arrangiarsi: The Italian Immigration Experience in Canada
The Italian Immigration Experience in Canada
Roberto Perin, Franc Sturino
The term arrangiarsi is normally defined as "making do" or "getting by." This book marks the first attempt to provide a comprehensive treatment of the Italian presence in Canada, and to capture the experience of the Italian immigrants who helped to build this country. Through historical, literary, and artistic approaches,...
Alan Lord
ATM SEX is a furious collection of satirical sketches and fearless social commentary that manages to skewer everyone and everything under the sun, often employing the absurd lingo of advertising. It makes fun of the doomed dysfunctional interplay between the sexes, and kicks the ass of our crackpot lifestyles, hysterical...
Blood of My Blood: The Dilemma of the Italian-Americans
Blood of My Blood
The Dilemma of the Italian-Americans
Richard Gambino
Since its first publication in 1974, Blood of My Blood has become the most highly esteemed book on Italian Americans. It is also rare that it is both a bestseller and a college text.
Cambodia and The Year of UNTAC: Life and Love in Cambodia's 1993 Election
Cambodia and The Year of UNTAC
Life and Love in Cambodia's 1993 Election
Tom Riddle
This is the untold story of what went on behind the scenes when the UN tried to manage free elections in Cambodia in the early 90s. Told with insight, humor, and a dash of romance, Cambodia and the Year of UNTAC staggers from adventure to adventure as the UN seeks...
Colours to the Chameleon: Canadian Actors on Shakespeare
Colours to the Chameleon
Canadian Actors on Shakespeare
Keith Garebian
The first work of its kind in Canada, this book explores 11 first-rate actors' perceptions and comments in relation to performing Shakespeare in order to offer a sense of what these actors mean by the work. Colourful, lively, with strong considerations of technique and interpretation, this book gives Canadian actors...
Cosmopolitics: Public Policy of Outer Space
Public Policy of Outer Space
Paris Arnopoulos
Defined as the "public affairs of outer space," Cosmopolitics deals with the international legal, economic, and military issues arising out of the exploration and exploitation of extraterrestrial space resources. This books describes the global situation of cosmopolitics, analyzes its policies in resolving them. It does so by investigating the two...
Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock & Roll
Critics Who Know Jack
Urban Myths, Media and Rock & Roll
Joseph Maviglia
Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock & Roll is a collection of essays, memoirs and critiques on subjects ranging from TV programming, film and literature to rock journalism, with commentary on the interpretation of artistic expression across conventional and social media. From Feng-Shui to conspiracy theory, Maviglia...
Culture and Difference: Essays on Canadian Society
Culture and Difference
Essays on Canadian Society
Howard A. Doughty, Marino Tuzi
This book focuses on prevailing ideas connected to cultural and social diversity.The writers of these essays deploy a variety of critical methods, which originate from social, cultural and literary theory, and analyze the relationship between historical and social forces and recurrent cultural beliefs and values. Contributors: Marino Tuzi, William Anselmi,...
Desire Lines: Essays on Art, Poetry & Culture
Desire Lines
Essays on Art, Poetry & Culture
Ewan Whyte
Desire Lines is a collection of essays on art, poetry and culture--both high and low--gathered from the astute critical work of Toronto writer Ewan Whyte. Topics range from the influence of Plato on the poetry of Anne Carson to the influence of the cultural revolution on the art of Ai...
Devils in Paradise: Writing on Post-Emigrant Culture
Devils in Paradise
Writing on Post-Emigrant Culture
Pasquale Verdicchio
What is an Italian North American? What is Italian-American culture? How is an immigrant group that is no longer immigrant perceived? These are the central questions that Pasquale Verdicchio tries to answer in these polemical essays which place Antonio Gramsci beside the Super Mario Brothers and Spike Lee. A poet,...
Duologue: On Culture and Identity
On Culture and Identity
Antonio D'Alfonso, Pasquale Verdicchio
Between June 15 and June 17, 1996, in San Diego, California, Pasquale Verdicchio and Antonio D'Alfonso sat before a microphone and spoke about a number of burning issues. Literature, the politics of publishing, identity, culture, ethnicity, multiculturalism, nationalism: Verdicchio and D'Alfonso tackle these issues in this casual yet intense dialogue....
Echo: Essays on Other Literatures
Essays on Other Literatures
Joseph Pivato
This collection of essays explores the literature of Italian immigrants in Canada and their children by focusing on the central role that themes of migration hold in their work. Addressing topics such as the oral roots of Canadian immigrant writing, the changing place of women in works of the Italian...
If You're Not Free At Work, Where Are You Free?: Literature and Social Change
Tom Wayman
The essays in If You're Not Free At Work, Where Are You Free?: Literature and Social Change focus on the interconnection of community/workplace/individual and how literature (and thinking about literature) has a role in social struggles aimed at making that nexus more liberatory. The essays' topics include various social issues...
In the Writers' Words: Conversations with Eight Canadian Poets
In the Writers' Words
Conversations with Eight Canadian Poets
Laurence Hutchman
Laurence Hutchman, in In the Writers' Words: Conversations with Eight Canadian Poets, interviews major poets of the modernist period: Ralph Gustafson, George Johnston, P.K. Page, Fred Cogswell, Louis Dudek, Al Purdy, Anne Szumigalski and James Reaney. They speak in depth about the challenges of the writing life, the complex evolution...
Incontro: University and Mass Media
University and Mass Media
Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco wrote this essay when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters by Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada). The essay appears here in three languages: English, French, and Italian.
Interviews to Literature
Jean Royer
Jean Royer's role here is similar to a translator's, where confidences and revelations from the artists he has talked to are translated into these texts he calls 'interviews to literature.' He polishes, he evaluates, he chooses, he animates -- in short, doing what a translator does to make the translated...
Interviews with the Phoenix
Fulvio Caccia, Daniel Sloate
Translated from the French by Daniel Sloate, with an introduction and preface by Fulvio Caccia. Interviews with fifteen Italian-Quebecois artists, spanning three generations. Including interviews with first-, second-, and third-generation Italian-Canadians painters, writers, and musicians -- all of whom in some overt way address issues of transculturation or cultural hybridity...
Italo-Canadesi: Nationality and Citizenship
Nationality and Citizenship
Alberto Di Giovanni
In questo volume Alberto Di Giovanni ci presenta un ampio panorama della storia recente del Canada e della sua maturazione sociale nel mentre offre un attraente racconto del lungo viaggio della comunita' italiana in Canada e con il Canada. Di Giovanni ripercorre il lungo cammino dell'inserimento degli italo-canadesi nelle istituzioni,...
Italo-Canadians: Nationality and Citizenship
Nationality and Citizenship
Alberto Di Giovanni
In this volume Alberto Di Giovanni presents us with a wide panorama of the recent history of Canada and its social development, while offering a compelling story of the long journey of the Italian community in Canada, and with Canada. Di Giovanni walks again on the long trail of the...
Looking Through My Mother's Eyes: Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women in Canada
Looking Through My Mother's Eyes
Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women in Canada
Giovanna Del Negro
This look at the traditional and subversive world of women's folklore examines the realm of women's talk, exploring the ways Italian immigrant women from Montreal use classic folk genres to stretch the boundaries of their culture. Through songs, lullabies, bawdy riddles, and trickster tales, these women subvert, redefine, and alter...
Mediating Culture: The Politics of Representation
Mediating Culture
The Politics of Representation
William Anselmi, Kosta Gouliamos
This collection of essays has been taken up with questions of power, mediation, marginality, democracy, political economy, alienation, and socio-cultural transformations. The objective of the editors is not necessarily to determine what the answers must be, but to recommend some paramount lines of investigation towards tentative means of analysis.The authors...
Minority Report: An Alternative History of English-Language Arts in Quebec
Minority Report
An Alternative History of English-Language Arts in Quebec
Dimitri Nasrallah, Guy Rodgers
Quebec's English-language arts have experienced a remarkable revival in the 21st century. The music scene has attracted international attention. Arcade Fire's Grammy award for Album of the Year in 2011 even drew political attention. The National Assembly voted unanimously to recognize the role played by Quebec's artists - Francophone and...
Obsessed with Language: A Sociolinguistic History of Quebec
Obsessed with Language
A Sociolinguistic History of Quebec
Chantal Bouchard, Luise von Flotow
A fascinating study of the French-Canadian dialect, this insightful analysis examines the intimate relationship between Quebec and its heartily defended dialect, from 19th-century Parisian French to the joual of the 1960s.
Painting Moments: Art, AIDS and Nick Palazzo
Painting Moments
Art, AIDS and Nick Palazzo
Mary Melfi
Through a series of essays and interviews as well as excerpts from diaries, Painting Moments tells the true-life story of Nick Palazzo, a young Montreal painter who died of AIDS-related complications but not before fulfilling his artistic dreams -- and leaving behind an immense body of work.
Parallel to Life
André Roy, Daniel Sloate
This book celebrates the life of the writer, its passions, its rewards and of course its conflicts and pain. One is tempted to call it a Journal, but there are no anecdotes. André Roy writes short fragments, much like epigrams. The passion of writing is present on every page. In...
Reel Canadians: Interviews from the Canadian Movie World
Reel Canadians
Interviews from the Canadian Movie World
Angela Baldassarre
Angela Baldassarre interviews a number of major film people from Canada: Dan Aykroyd, Louis Belanger, James Cameron, David Cronenberg, Jerry Cicoritti, Holly Dale, Atom Egoyan, Angela Featherstone, Annie Galipeau, Peter Gentile, Francois Girard, Mary Jane Gomes, Laura Harris, Bruce McDonald, Mike Meyers, Tony Nardi, Vincenzo Natali, Catharine O'Hara, Jeremy Podeswa,...
Remembering Shakespeare: The Scope of His Achievement from ‘Hamlet' through ‘The Tempest'
Remembering Shakespeare
The Scope of His Achievement from ‘Hamlet' through ‘The Tempest'
John O'Meara
The longstanding challenge and problem of living through tragedy, as opposed to living beyond it or simply carrying on in spite of it, is highlighted in this extensive and in-depth scholarly study. Shakespeare was able to live through tragedy and consequently could come into those higher evolutionary states of mind...