On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre
Edited By Gerry Canavan
Acknowledgements for the First Edition (1979)
Various versions and parts of this work have benefited from the financial assistance of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Humanities Research fund at McGill University, and especially of several Canada Council research grants. The bulk of the book was prepared during the 1973–1974 sabbatical leave granted me by McGill University and partly supported by a Canada Council Leave Fellowship. My sincere thanks go to all these institutions, whose encouragement was not merely material, as well as to the main libraries whose staff facilitated my research: the McLennan Library at McGill University (and in particular its Inter-Library Loans department, unfailingly helpful above and beyond the call of duty), the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the libraries of Yale, Indiana, and Cambridge universities, the British Library in London, the national Libraries at Paris and Florence, and the National University Library at Zagreb.
Earlier reasonably recognizable versions of various chapters – as a rule significantly changed or enlarged in the present book – were first published in the following periodicals: chapter 1 in College English No. 3 (1972) (Copyright © 1972 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted by permission), and in a differing version in Foundation No. 2 (1972); chapter 2 in Genre No. 3 (1973); chapter 3 in Studies in the Literary Imagination No. 2 (1973); the first part of chapter 5 and chapter 6 in Science-Fiction Studies No. 4 (1974) and No. 10 (1976); the first part of chapter 7 in...
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