'To make use of a pair of words W. J. Keith is suspicious of, Canadian Literature in English, which has just been released in a revised and expanded two-volume edition, is both canon and myth. Canon because it is a principled selection and discussion of key works Keith sees as establishing a national tradition, and myth because it provides a survey of the history and development of Canadian literature that has a particular shape.' -- Alex Good Toronto StarVom Verlag:
W. J. Keith has chosen to ignore utterly both the 'popular' at the one extreme (Robert Service, Lucy Maud Montgomery) as well as the 'avant-garde' (bpnichol, Anne Carson) at the other in favour of those authors whose style lends itself to the simple pleasure of reading, and to that end Keith dedicates his history to all those (including those of the general reading public whose endangered status is much lamented) who 'recognize and celebrate the dance of words.'
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