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Author Brydon, Diana.

Title Timothy Findley / Diana Brydon.

Published New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  818.5409 FINDLEY/ BRYD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Twayne's world authors series ; TWAS 875. Canadian literature.
Twayne's world authors series. Canadian literature.
Twayne's world authors series ; TWAS 875.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 144-151) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Surviving the Holocaust -- Ch. 2. Innocence and Complicity -- Ch. 3. "Broken Dreamers": Redefining Heroism -- Ch. 4. Endings and Beginnings -- Ch. 5. Evil Empires -- Ch. 6. Findley's Families.
Summary Along with Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley (b. 1930) is one of Canada's most popular and important writers. A consummate stylist and entertainer, he seems driven to return to a set of private obsessions that electrically connect with the most decisive events of the twentieth century. While some wish to claim him as an untiring advocate of free speech or as Canada's most ardent antiwar writer, others argue that his work is best defined by its reverence for animals and the sanctity of the natural world.
In this comprehensive study of Findley's eight novels, novella, three story collections, three plays, and memoir, Diana Brydon argues that Findley's fiction engages with the legacy of modernism as both a social and artistic movement that reached an impasse in the holocaust, which for Findley encompasses the Nazi concentration camps and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For Findley, the holocaust becomes an organizing image for horror and a call to remembrance, for the demarcating lines of memory and forgetting. Such horrific events recall and resituate the repressed histories of violence on which the new world of the Americas was built by European immigrants often fleeing violence yet trailing it in their wake. Brydon's clearly written yet sophisticated study draws on a range of approaches, from the historical to the postcolonial, in assessing Timothy Findley's accomplishment.
Subject Findley, Timothy -- Criticism and interpretation.
Canada -- In literature.
ISBN 0805716661 (alk. paper)