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Selected Essays in English Literatures: British and Canadian

Jonathan Swift – John Fowles – Margaret Laurence – Margaret Atwood – Di Brandt & Dennis Cooley


Herbert Zirker

Contents: Reassessment of Swift: Gulliver’s Travels, genre typology of ‘myth of utopia’ – Impact on The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Canadian author Margaret Atwood – John Fowles: Overview of works with emphasis on The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) – Quest-motif, Darwinist implications for plot and characters – Canadian author Margaret Laurence: Picaresque elements in significant narratives – Interview with two representative Canadian writers: Di Brandt from (ex-)Mennonite ethno-cultural background and Dennis Cooley poet/critic/publisher as leading example of contemporary Prairie Literature.