O Canada

October 11, 2013 | 2 books mentioned 1

We celebrated Canada Day a bit early here yesterday with the news that Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature and our review of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam. So what is Canadian literature exactly? Atwood offered her definition for The Daily Beast: “It’s too multiple [to give a concise definition], but let us say that the point of view (if the writer is not pretending to be American, which they often are) is never that of someone who feels that their country is an imperial power. Because, in fact, Canada is not an imperial power.” You can also see The Handmaid’s Tale at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet next week.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

One comment:

  1. It’s interesting to consider how the literature of a country might be shaped by never having been an imperial power, but… discussions of what it means to be Canadian (and if you grow up there, those discussions can seem endless) always seem to boil down to some variation on “well, we’re definitely not American.” It’s a bit frustrating to see Atwood defining Canadian literature through essentially that same lens.

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