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From Colonial Expression to Export Commodity: English-Canadian Literature in Canada and Sweden 1945–1999
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation follows the trajectory of English-Canadian literature in post-WWII Canada and Sweden. Taking the 1951 publication of the Massey Report as its starting-point, this study explores a succession of events in Canada after the Second World War, which contributed to creating a fruitful environment for the development of a national literature in English Canada. The new cultural infrastructure, consisting of governmental as well as non-governmental organizations, further encouraged literary production. In addition, and partly as a consequence of the enhanced cultural and literary self-confidence, attempts were made to export this literature to the surrounding world. Examining the composition of these endeavours, this thesis furthermore investigates the reception of English-Canadian literature in one of the countries targeted, Sweden.

Concentrating on the critical reception of English-Canadian literature in Sweden, the study notes an unprecedented increase in the number of works translated and reviewed in the post-WWII period, especially beginning in the early 1980s: neither Swedish literature nor other foreign literatures in translation evince similar figures in the post-WWII period. Moreover, the dissertation examines how English-Canadian literature, previously virtually unknown to the Swedish public, has now gained considerable recognition. By favouring certain authors over others, Swedish publishers and critics have contributed to a canon formation of English-Canadian literature which deviates from the one in English Canada, and this study explores the impact of prestigious newspapers and reviewers on the emerging Swedish canon of English-Canadian literature. This thesis finally notes that the Swedish canon – initially differently formed – has recently grown similar to the English-Canadian one, and it suggests that, for example, the increasingly globalized world may have some bearing on this new development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2002. , 273 p.
Studia Anglistica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0562-2719 ; 118
Keyword [en]
English language
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Specific Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-1755ISBN: 91-554-5237-XOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-1755DiVA: diva2:161330
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2002-03-22, Ihresalen, Språkvetenskapligt centrum, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 2002-02-28 Created: 2002-02-28Bibliographically approved

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