Canadian Fiction Studies are an answer to every librarian's, student's, and teacher's wishes. Each book contains clear information on a major Canadian novel. Attractively produced, they contain a chronology of the author's life, information on the importance of the book and its critical reception, an in-depth reading of the text, and a selected list of works cited.
In the past twenty years, as the structures of Canadian culture have begun to change, so has the fate of As For Me and My House.
oIt's an immense night out there, wheeling and windy. The lights on the street and in the houses against the black wetness, little unilluminating glints that might be painted on it. The town seems huddled together, cowering on a high tiny perch, afraid to move lest it topple into the wind.o The town is Horizon, the setting of Sinclair Ross' brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era. Hailed by critics as one of Canada's great novels, As For Me and My Housetakes the form of a journal. The unnamed diarist, one of the most complex and arresting characters in contemporary fiction, explores the bittersweet nature of human relationships, of the unspoken bonds that tie people together, and the undercurrents of feeling that often tear them apart. Her chronicle creates an intense atmosphere, rich with observed detail and natural imagery. As For Me and My Houseis a landmark work. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the scope and power of the Canadian novel.
Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Cologne (Englisches Seminar), course: The Great Depression in American and Canadian Literature, 21 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Since its reprint in 1957 Sinclair Ross's As for Me and My House has been considered to be one of Canada's most important literary works and has been honoured with great attention amongst numerous critics. The discussion ranges from gay / lesbian approaches over biographical comparisons of the characters with historical figures to psychoanalytical approaches to the protagonists' personalities. The subjective point of view of the fictional diary of Mrs. Bentley has always been an obstacle for the critics. As the diarist she slips into the roles of author, actor and reader, which leads to a constant shifting of her position as subject, object, observer, or third person. John H. Ferres has pointed out three capital themes in Sinclair Ross's works, which are of special relevance for As for Me and My House: the difficulty of communication, the strive for authenticity and the struggle against the harsh Canadian prairie. Being categorized as a "Kunstlerroman," artistic expression of any kind plays a major role in the novel. Thus, art is also functioning as a medium for the expression of the characters' personalities, for coping with the hostile natural environment and finally for the constant try to carry their inner concerns outside. Based on As For Me and My House the volume of poems by Lorna Crozier, named A Saving Grace give further insights into Mrs. Bentley' nature. The poems pick up the topics of Mrs. Bentley's diary as a kind of fictional continuation in the form of very personal and intimate poems dealing with the same themes of nature, art and communication. This essay will discuss the relevance of the three mentioned themes and their reappearing in the different art genres treat"
Sinclair Ross (1908-1996), best known for his canonical novel As for Me and My House (1941), and for such familiar short stories as "The Lamp at Noon" and "The Painted Door," is an elusive figure in Canadian literature. A master at portraying the hardships and harsh beauty of the Prairies during the Great Depression, Ross nevertheless received only modest attention from the public during his lifetime. His reluctance to give readings or interviews further contributed to this faint public perception of the man. In As for Sinclair Ross, David Stouck tells the story of a lonely childhood in rural Saskatchewan, of a long and unrewarding career in a bank, and of many failed attempts to be published and to find an audience. The book also tells the story of a man who fell in love with both men and women and who wrote from a position outside any single definition of gender and sexuality. Stouck's biography draws on archival records and on insights gathered during an acquaintance late in Ross's life to illuminate this difficult author, describing in detail the struggles of a gifted artist living in an inhospitable time and place. Stouck argues that when Ross was writing about prairie farmers and small towns, he wanted his readers to see the kind of society they were creating, to feel uncomfortable with religion as coercive rhetoric, prejudices based on race and ethnicity, and rigid notions of gender. As for Sinclair Ross is the story of a remarkable writer whose works continue to challenge us and are rightly considered classics of Canadian literature.
Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Marburg, course: Canadian Literature, 10 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This term paper analyzes ideals of religion and art based on the novel of Sinclair RossAs for me and my house.The plot is set during the Great Depression in Canada and is about two artists that have been married since twelve years and presently live in a small town called Horizon. Philip Bentley, the minister of the town’s church, devotes his spare time to painting and his wife who takes care of the household plays the piano once in a while at home, but gave up her career as a musician. There can be no denying the fact that a society and its culture and values affect and influence peoples’ life to a certain extent. Therefore, as starting point cultural and regional aspects determining men’s life during the Great Depression that took place from 1929 until 1939 will be dealt with. At a second step I will have a closer look at religion and art as creative powers. Subsequently, an analysis of the novel in question will face Philip Bentley’s view of religion and his vision of an artist through the eyes of his wife, the narrator of the story. In chapter three parallels between religion and art will be drawn based on definitions by renowned philosophers. Finally, as a conclusion I will sum up the crucial points of religion and art identified.
This volume gathers together authors and critics to reappraise the legacy of Sinclair Ross. Beyond Ross’ major novel As For Me and My House, the contributors reestablish the value of his other writings in their literary and historical contexts.
Drawing on recent developments in gay studies and queer theory, Pink Snow: Homotextual Possibilities in Canadian Fiction offers new interpretations that focus on homoerotic resonances in literature. Goldie brings an original, engaging, and sometimes provocative critical perspective to bear on both Canadian classics and less mainstream works. Chapters include: Wacousta (John Richardson) As For Me and My House (Sinclair Ross) Who Has Seen the Wind (W.O. Mitchell) The Mountain and the Valley (Ernest Buckler) Beautiful Losers (Leonard Cohen) Place D’Armes (Scott Symons) Fifth Business (Robertson Davies) The Wars (Timothy Findley) Thy Mother’s Glass (David Watmough) Funny Boy (Shyam Selvadurai) Kiss of the Fur Queen (Tomson Highway)
We catch glimpses of him living beside the Mediterranean in Greece and in Spain where his career as a novelist later revived and where Fraser first visited him in the 1970s.
The peculiar struggles of Canadian authors are writ large in the letters of Sinclair Ross.
This unique exchange of letters between literary icon Sinclair Ross and several prominent writers, publishers, agents, and editors asks why many Canadian artists, especially those in western provinces, spent a lifetime struggling for recognition and remuneration. Featuring exchanges with Earle Birney, Margaret Laurence, and Margaret Atwood, among others, this collection exposes the conditions of cultural work in Canada for much of the twentieth century. This vivid, often moving, selection of professional and personal letters, plus the only formal interview Ross ever gave, provides a valuable resource for those engaged with the history of publishing in Canada, as well as for those with an interest in Canadian literature.
These studies of Canadian authors fulfill a real need in the study of Canadian literature. Each monograph is a separately bound study of about 55 pages. Each contains a biography of the author, a description of the tradition and milieu that influenced the author, a survey of the criticism on the author, a comprehensive essay on all the author's key works, and a detailed bibliography of primary and secondary works.
Covers criticism of American novels found in journals and books published between the years 1991 and 1995.
In this new edition, what was already an expansive work has been updated and further enlarged to include information not only on American and British novelists but also on writers in English from around the world.
Canadians have always been obsessed with the idea of their own identities. Stories that tell us who we are provide a reassuring sense of identity for the individual and the nation. Hockey. Maple Leaves. Beavers. But collective stories tend to be haunted by a fear that a shared narrative might be nothing more than an elaborate artifice. This fear has long been a source of gothic inspiration for Canadian writers. A haunted Canadian self returns again and again. Polite. Friendly. Not American. With examples of gothic discourse from Canadian fiction, autobiography, film, poetry, and drama, Justin Edwards analyzes the ghost at the heart of the nation. A major contribution to cultural and literary studies, Gothic Canada unearths two centuries of Canadian gothic writings to reveal uncanny traditions of trauma, repression, and monstrosity.
As a re-evaluation of regionalism in Canadian and American writing. A Sense of Place provides a comparative approach to the issue within a continental framework. The contributors to this collection - including Frank Davey, Marjorie Pryse, and Jonathan Hart - look at a broad range of writers. They explore regionalism on both sides of the border in light of the central political, cultural, literary, and theoretical debates of our times.
Here is a portrait of Emily Carr, a fine literary work that is impressionistic rather than exact, betraying the artist intact in spirit, fortitude, and legacy.
Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.