13 Facts About Canadian literature


Canadian literature is the literature of a multicultural country, written in languages including Canadian English, Canadian French, Indigenous languages, and many others such as Canadian Gaelic.

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Influences on Canadian literature writers are broad both geographically and historically, representing Canada's diversity in culture and region.

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Canadian literature is often divided into French- and English-language literatures, which are rooted in the literary traditions of France and Britain, respectively.

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In recent decades Canada's Canadian literature has been strongly influenced by immigrants from around the world.

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Canadian literature argued that literature's goal should be to project an image of proper Catholic morality.

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French-Canadian literature began to greatly expand with the turmoil of the Second World War, the beginnings of industrialization in the 1950s, and most especially the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s.

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French-Canadian literature began to attract a great deal of attention globally, with Acadian novelist Antonine Maillet winning the Prix Goncourt in 1979.

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An experimental branch of Quebecois Canadian literature developed; for instance the poet Nicole Brossard wrote in a formalist style.

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The book often considered to be the first work of Canadian literature is The History of Emily Montague by Frances Brooke, published in 1769.

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However, one of the earliest Canadian literature writers virtually always included in Canadian literature literary anthologies is Thomas Chandler Haliburton, born and raised in Nova Scotia, who died just two years before Canada's official birth.

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Canadian literature is remembered for his comic character, Sam Slick, who appeared in The Clockmaker and other humorous works throughout Haliburton's life.

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Canadian literature's best known book of fiction, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town was published in 1912.

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Canadian literature poets have been expanding the boundaries of originality: Christian Bok, Ken Babstock, Karen Solie, Lynn Crosbie, Patrick Lane, George Elliott Clarke and Barry Dempster have all imprinted their unique consciousnesses onto the map of Canadian literature imagery.

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