The Old Dualities: Deconstructing Robert Kroetsch and His Critics

The Old Dualities: Deconstructing Robert Kroetsch and His Critics

By: Dianne Tiefensee (author)Hardback

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Tiefensee contends that Kroetsch and his critics have, to some degree, misunderstood the implications of Derrida's "deconstruction" and adhere to a Bloomian "misreading" which is firmly grounded in traditional philosophy. She addresses the metaphysical presuppositions that govern Kroetsch's criticism, literary theory, and novels and considers the extent to which his theoretical pronouncements have determined his critics' readings of his work, concluding that Kroetsch reaffirms the very values, conventions, and attitudes he claims to resist.


Part 1 Deconstruction, Canadian postmodernism, and Robert Kroetsch: writing with two hands - Derridean deconstruction; gaining ground - situating Robert Kroetsch in Canadian postmodernism; field notes - Robert Kroetsch and the critics; learning the hero - alibi and the critics. Part 2 The writing of Robert Kroetsch: a Canadian issue - the Canadian story; unhiding the hidden - archaeology, dialectic, intertextuality, and voice; carnival and violence - the quest of love; fear of women - a misogynist erotics; the disappearing father - Anna Dawe's quest; Canadian postmodernism and difference.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773511910
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780773511910
  • ISBN10: 0773511911

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