Wild Words by Donna Coates
Essays on Alberta Literature

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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.

The idea for this collection began with 100 years of literary tradition for Alberta's centenary. However, Alberta's literary roots go back much farther than that to the oration of First Nation's peoples and the colonizing exploration and travel literature of the 18th and 19th centuries.


About Donna Coates

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George Melnyk is an Alberta author and professor of Canadian Studies at the University of Calgary. He has published numerous books on Western Canada, including a trilogy of essay collections, of which the latest is New Moon at Batoche (Banff Centre Press, 2000). His pioneering two-volume Literary History of Alberta (University of Alberta Press) has become a benchmark for cultural studies in Canada. He lives in Calgary.
Published June 19, 2009 by University of Washington Press. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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