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You Can't Get There From Here : The Past as Present in Small-Town Ontario Fiction / Ryan Porter.

Author/Creator:
Porter, Ryan author.
Publication:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Small cities -- In literature.
Local subjects:
Alice Munro. (search)
Canadian. (search)
Jane Urquhart. (search)
Ontario. (search)
Robertson Davies. (search)
Stephen Leacock. (search)
fiction. (search)
heritage. (search)
literature set in Ontario. (search)
literature. (search)
memory. (search)
novels. (search)
provincial. (search)
regionalism. (search)
rural. (search)
set in Ontario. (search)
small-town. (search)
urban. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Rather than reading small-town representations within works as portraits of a provincial past, this book claims that they are best understood as projections emerging from an urban present. As Ontario urbanized over the past century, small towns became a popular literary trope, and Ryan Porter argues that literary small-town Ontario functioned, and functions still, as not only a refraction but also as an exploration of the province's dominant urban modernity. Utilizing theories from heritage scholars, who view popularly understood pasts as conforming to the zeitgeist of the present, You Can't Get There from Here argues that the literary small-town Ontario past is malleable, consisting of attempts to come to terms with the present in which the narrators find themselves. The book focuses on four key Ontario authors - Stephen Leacock, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, and Jane Urquhart - as well as many secondary authors, and links the readings to much broader trends in actual Ontario towns and in popular culture.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Projecting Difference − The Heritage of Small-Town and Rural Ontario
1. Rural Past and Urban Present: Landscape as Time
2. Saying Goodbye to Mariposa: Rebutting the Small-Town Convention
3. Memory and Departure
4. Past Dependencies and Consolatory Histories
Conclusion: Reflecting on Nostalgia's Restoration
Works Cited and Consulted
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Mai 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781487519742
OCLC:
1091896042
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781487519742 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.