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Image Technologies in Canadian Literature

Narrative, Film, and Photography


Carmen Concilio and Richard Lane

The eight essays in Image Technologies in Canadian Literature reveal the ongoing importance of film and photography in the production of Canadian literary narratives. Covering modern to cutting-edge postmodern and postcolonial authors, the role of image texts and technologies is thoroughly investigated in relation to translation, performance, history, memory, point-of-view, picture poetics, and dialectical images; authors covered include Michael Ondaatje, Daphne Marlatt, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Robert Kroetsch, Joseph Dandurand and Stan Douglas. The resulting engagement with some of the key theorists of film and photography, such as Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag, leads to a lively contribution to the study of hybrid forms of Canadian literature and its key theoretical/image texts.
Contents: Carmen Concilio: Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero and Photography – Lucia Boldrini: The Anamorphosis of Photography in Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid – Jeffrey Orr: Light Writing, Light Reading: Photography and Intersemiotic Translation in Michael Ondaatje – Keith Harrison: Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen: The Performance of Self, Forty Years On – Frances Sprout: Ghosts, Leaves, Photographs, and Memory: Seeing and Remembering Photographically in Daphne Marlatt’s Taken – Ron Bonham: «The Angel Voices»: Photography, Film and Point of View in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall On Your Knees – Simona Bertacco: Old Texts, New Readings: The Ledger, Steveston and Picture Poetics – Richard J. Lane: Dialectical Images in Canada: Joseph Dandurand, Stan Douglas & The Conjectural Order.