2012 0-7734-2622-1 This book accounts for the varying popularity of Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Marian Engel according to their treatments of Canadian and female identities during the 1906's and 70's. She demonstrates how their portrayals of female and national characters were understood at the time according to identity issues championed by the Canadian national and second-wave women's movements. As these movements created particular expectations of gender and nationality, critics responded with a commitment to romance rather than realism in their reading practices. Consideration of these novels through historical lens allows her to show how, as political conditions changed, so, too, did understandings of gendered and national identity in the same texts.
2022 1-4955-1019-0 "Writers may or may not pay attention to the politics of abortion in their times. Nevertheless, a number of Canadian writers have demonstrated a willingness to mine the rich and dramatic cultural associations attached to this controversial procedure for use in their fictional stories. ...An understanding of a given abortion in fiction depends on the writer's construction of value in the story, artistic treatment of this cultural sign and the values a reader brings to the story. While culture is a set of beliefs and practices that circulate among many people, fiction can be a tool by which culture is reworked and reflected by an individual writer for readers to understand life around them potentially in a new way." -from the Author's "Introduction"