«Eyes deep with unfathomable histories»

The Poetics and Politics of Magic Realism Today and in the Past

by Liliana Sikorska (Volume editor) Agnieszka Rzepa (Volume editor)
©2013 Edited Collection 162 Pages


Eyes deep with unfathomable histories is a quotation taken from the poem by Pauline Melville entitled «Homeland». This volume was inspired by two areas: the first one was the writings of Pauline Melville, a British novelist, a poet and actress with Wapisiana (South American Indian) ancestry, and the second by Canadian magic realism. The majority of the articles in the collection focus on a variety of aspects of magic realism in contemporary Canadian literature in English, which abounds in texts representative of the mode; but some also approach magic realist texts by British novelists and US playwrights. The authors of the articles come from Europe and North America, and include established scholars, such as Jeanne Delbaere-Garant, who has been writing about developments within magic realism in Canada and beyond for almost thirty years, and Hartmut Lutz, an authority on Canadian Native literatures; as well as promising young scholars. They approach classics of magic realism, such as novels by Jack Hodgins, Robert Kroetsch and Angela Carter, but also more recent texts by Joan Clark, Bernard Assiniwi, Rachel A. Quitsualik, Thomas King, Rawi Hage, Margaret Sweatman, Lilian Nattel, Susanne Swann and Eden Robinson among others.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2012 (October)
Canadian literature Native Canadian authors Lebanese Civil War 20th century drama of the United States Guyanese Indians Melville, Pauline, Icelandic Sagas Jewish diaspora in Canada
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 162 pp.

Biographical notes

Liliana Sikorska (Volume editor) Agnieszka Rzepa (Volume editor)

Liliana Sikorska, professor of English, head of the Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland); head of the Department of English Literature and Culture of English Speaking Countries at the University of Social Sciences, Warsaw; Fulbright Professor at Cornell 2010; author and co-author of numerous books on medieval English and Irish literature. Agnieszka Rzepa, professor of Canadian Literature; head of the Department of American Literature at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland); author of numerous works on Canadian literature.


Title: «Eyes deep with unfathomable histories»