Canadian Gothic by Cynthia Sugars
Literature, History, and the Spectre of Self-Invention (University of Wales Press - Gothic Literary Studies)

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In Canadian Gothic, Cynthia Sugars explores the origins and history of the Canadian gothic tradition, tracing the ways that the gothic genre has been reinvented for a specifically Canadian context. Sugars demonstrates how, from very early on, the Gothic has held a precarious position in Canadian literature. Canada had long been perceived as an empty terrain unhaunted by a historical tradition and incapable of inspiring ghosts or gothic tales. Sugars argues instead that many Canadian writers have created a distinctly Canadian Gothic, one expressed in a postcolonial context and found in early aboriginal and diasporic writings. Among the authors she discusses are Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Wayson Choy, Hiromi Goto, Suzette Mayr, and Michael Ondaatje.

About Cynthia Sugars

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Cynthia Sugars is professor of English at the University of Ottawa. She is coeditor of Unsettled Remains: Canadian Literature and the Postcolonial Gothic.
Published January 15, 2014 by University of Wales Press. 291 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction