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Strange Things

(1995)
The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature
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Margaret Atwood's witty and informative book focuses on the imaginative mystique of the wilderness of the Canadian North. She discusses the 'Grey Owl Syndrome' of white writers going native; the folklore arising from the mysterious-- and disastrous -- Franklin expedition of the nineteenth century; the myth of the dreaded snow monster, the Wendigo; the relations between nature writing and new forms of Gothic; and how a fresh generation of women writers in Canada have adapted the imaginery of the Canadian North for the exploration of contemporary themes of gender, the family and sexuality. Writers discussed include Robert Service, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro E.J. Pratt, Marian Engel, Margaret Laurence, and Gwendolyn MacEwan. Originally delivered in Margaret Atwood's unique style as the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University, this superbly written and compelling portrait of the mysterious North is at once a fascinating insight into the Canadian imagination, and an exciting new work from an outstanding literary presence.

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Hardback Editions

October 1995 : UK Hardback
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Title: Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature (Clarendon Lectures in English)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-19-811976-3 / 978-0-19-811976-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clarendon Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-84408-082-X / 978-1-84408-082-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-19-541351-2 / 978-0-19-541351-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK