About this book
Barbara Godard has long been one of the most influential readers of Canadian literature. Much of the force of her work comes from her meticulous and relentless attention to the networks that produce both the texts and events we study and the methods through which we read them. Whether writing about feminist theory, orality and Native women writers, or the exigencies of the cultural field, she has been instrumental in interrogating, time and time again, the normative ways in which we think about Canadian culture. From the function of literature to the materiality of institutions and periodicals, from the theory and practice of translation to the interrelations between English- and French-Canadian literatures, her critical interventions have drastically reconceptualized our inherited understandings of Canadian culture as it relates to the world at large.
Edited by Smaro Kamboureli, supplemented with an interview that offers a detailed look at the trajectories of Barbara Godard’s writing and teaching career, Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture is a groundbreaking collection of essays spanning the period 1987-2003 that will continue to be necessary reading for years to come.
"The ‘Conversation’ [in Canadian Literature at the Crossroads] is essential—and accessible—reading for anyone wishing to delve into Godard’s essays, which are often complex, both theoretically and stylistically.... The volume is certainly successful in its presentation of Godard’s engagement with various literatures, languages, theories and issues. Ranging across the essays are ‘concerns’ about the discursive operations of power and desire within creative and critical texts, about the need to expose the ‘political stakes in the debates.'"