The Wrong World: Selected Stories and Essays (Canadian Literature Collection) (Paperback)

The Wrong World: Selected Stories and Essays (Canadian Literature Collection) By Bertram Brooker, Gregory Betts (Editor) Cover Image

The Wrong World: Selected Stories and Essays (Canadian Literature Collection) (Paperback)


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Bertram Brooker won the country's first Governor General's Award for literature in 1936 for his novel Think of the Earth, and his explosive, experimental paintings hang in every major gallery in the country. He was Canada's first multidisciplinary avant-gardist, successfully experimenting in literature, visual arts, film, and theatre. Brooker brought all of his experimental ambitions to his short fiction and prose.

The Wrong World presents a rich sampling of his prose work, much of it previously unpublished, which adds new insight into his aesthetic ambitions. Working during an incredible period of transition in Canadian society, Brooker's stories document Canada's evolution from a provincial colony into a modern, urban country. His essays participated in that evolution by advocating a passionate awakening of the arts, the end of prudish sentiment and censorship, and a radical rethinking of the nature of war. They capture the limitations and hypocrisies of the Canadian social contract and argue for a more just and spiritual society. His stories humanize his social vision by dramatizing the psychological and emotional cost of Canada's transition into a modern civilization. In turn devastating, penetrating and poignant, Brooker's prose works offer a sharply focused window into the turbulent interwar years in Canada.

Published in English.
Product Details ISBN: 9780776606965
ISBN-10: 0776606964
Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
Publication Date: September 19th, 2009
Pages: 340
Language: English
Series: Canadian Literature Collection

"Betts has done a great service to the study of modernism in Canada by recovering and arranging these texts. This collection has great pedagogical potential and can contribute much to a rethinking of how modernism is taught in Canada." -- Canadian Literature