Wild Words
224 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Feb 2009

Wild Words

Essays on Alberta Literature

Athabasca University Press
As the first collection of literary criticism focusing on Alberta
writers, Wild Words establishes a basis for identifying
Alberta fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction as valid subjects of
study in their own right. By critically situating and assessing
specific Alberta authors according to genre, this volume continues the
work begun with Melnyk's Literary History of Alberta.

Donna Coates is an Associate Professor in theEnglish Department at the University of Calgary. She has publishednumerous articles and book chapters on Canadian, Australian, and NewZealand fiction and drama (especially by women) and recently co-editeda volume on Canadian war drama. George Melnyk is anAssociate Professor of Canadian Studies and Film Studies in the Facultyof Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. He is ahistorian of Canadian culture and has published numerous books in thefield.

PREFACE: The Struggle for an Alberta Literature /Donna Coates and George Melnyk

INTRODUCTION: Wrestling Impossibilities: Wild Wordsin Alberta / Aritha van Herk

PART ONE: Poetry

1. The "Wild Body" of Alberta Poetry / DouglasBarbour

2. "To Canada": Michael Gowda's Unique Contribution tothe Literary History of Alberta / Jars Balan

3. Pastoral Elegy, Memorial, Writing: Robert Kroetsch's"Stone Hammer" Poem / Christian Riegel


4. No Cowpersons on This Range: The Cultural Complexity of AlbertaTheatre / Anne Nothof

5. Playing Alberta with Sharon Pollock / Sherrill Grace


6. "No Woman is Natural": The (Re)production of Race,Gender, and Sexuality in Suzette Mayr's Moon Honey /Helen Hoy

7. Wandering Home in Rudy Wiebe's Sweeter Than All theWorld and Of This Earth / Malin Sigvardson

8. Richard Wagamese – An Ojibway in Alberta / Frances W.Kaye

PART FOUR: Nonfiction

9. From Grizzly Country to Grizzly Heart: The Grammar ofBear-Human Interactions  in the Work of Andy Russell and CharlieRussell / Pamela Banting

10. The Doomed Genre: Myrna Kostash and the Limits of Non-fiction /Lisa Grekul

AFTERWORD: Writing in Alberta – Up, Down, orSideways? / Fred Stenson


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