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Susan Glickman, "The Picturesque and the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape"

Susan Glickman, "The Picturesque and the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape"
McGill-Queen's Univ Pr | 2000 | ISBN: 0773521356 | English | PDF | 222 pages | 12.1 Mb

Glickman argues that early immigrants to Canada brought with them the expectation that nature would be grand, mysterious, awesome - even terrifying - and welcomed scenes that conformed to these notions of sublimity. She contends that to interpret their descriptions of nature as "negative," as so many critics have done, is a significant misunderstanding. ...

Glickman argues that early immigrants to Canada brought with them the expectation that nature would be grand, mysterious, awesome - even terrifying - and welcomed scenes that conformed to these notions of sublimity. She contends that to interpret their descriptions of nature as "negative," as so many critics have done, is a significant misunderstanding. Glickman provides close readings of several important works, including Susanna Moodie's "Enthusiasm," Charles G.D. Roberts's Ave, and Paulette Jiles's "Song to the Rising Sun," and explores the poems in the context of theories of nature and art. Instead of projecting backward from a modernist perspective, Glickman reads forward from the discovery of landscape as a legitimate artistic subject in seventeenth-century England and argues that picturesque modes of description, and a sublime aesthetic, have governed much of the representation of nature in this country.

Review


"The Picturesque and the Sublime sheds bright light on an important but neglected area of Canadian writing in a style that is wonderfully readable and lucid. A profoundly insightful critic and a gifted writer, Susan Glickman cogently and compellingly challenges the views of Northrop Frye and his heirs and calls into question the assumptions of much modern and contemporary Canadian criticism."

David Bentley, Department of English, University of Western Ontario



About the Author


Susan Glickman is a writer and a poet. She started writing about the adventures of Bernadette and her friends for her own children. Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch was the first book in the series, followed by Bernadette in the Doghouse. Her adult novel, The Violin Lover, was the winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Susan lives in Toronto with her family.

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