Table of contents

List of Figures

I INTRODUCTION

1 Gregory Betts and Christian Bök—Time for the Avant-Garde in Canada

II PROLOGUE

2 Lisa Robertson—The Collective

3 Liz Howard—Against Assimilation I Rose into Poetry

III THE CENTENNIAL

4 Kristine Smitka—The Sublation of Obduracy: Nationalism and the Avant-Garde Marketing of Beautiful Losers

5 Stephen Cain—“A Vision in the UofT Stacks”: bpNichol in the Library

IV CONCRETE POLITICS

6 Julia Polyck-O’Neill—Words With(out) Syntax: Reconsidering Concrete Poetry: An Exhibition in Four Parts

7 Mike Borkent—Post/Avant Comics: bpNichol’s Material Poetics and Comics Art Manifestos

8 Eric Schmaltz—A Field Guide to North Concrete: Identification Chart

9 Kelly Mark—National and Time

10 Kaie Kellough—Continents

V LANGUAGE WRITING

11 Michael Roberson—Transformation or Resistance: The Kootenay School of Writing in Context

12 Kit Dobson—A Poetics of Neoliberalism

13 Dorothy Trujillo Lusk—Sleek Vinyl Drill

14 Erín Moure—Pillage 12 (“Anaximenes”)

15 Donato Mancini—If Violence (Hey You)

VI IDENTITY WRITING

16 Myra Bloom—Messy Confessions: Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?

17 Sonnet L’Abbé—Erasures from the Territories Called Canada: Sharpening the Gaze at White Backgrounds

18 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson—caribou ghosts & untold stories

19 Lee Maracle—Bobbi Lee, Indian Rebel

20 Annharte—cum cum how cum dat cums around even from behind

VII COPYLEFT POLITICS

21 Katie L. Price—A ≠ A: The Potential for a Pataphysical Poetics in Dan Farrell’s The Inkblot Record

22 Darren Wershler—Everyday Practice Before and After Conceptual Writing

23 Derek Beaulieu—Prose of the TransCanada

24 Moez Surani—1988

25 Dani Spinosa—Anxious Influence: Reading John Cage Theoretically

VIII EPILOGUE

26 André Alexis—On Amanda PL’s Cancelled Exhibit

27 An Interview with Jordan Abel—A Line Can Be Drawn

IX AFTER MATTER

Notes and Acknowledgements

Bibliography

About the Authors

Index

Description

Avant Canada presents a rich collection of original essays and creative works on a representative array of avant-garde literary movements from the past 50 years. From the works of Leonard Cohen and bpNichol to those of Jordan Abel and Liz Howard, Avant Canada features 28 of the best writers and critics in the field. Sections include “Concrete Poetics,” “Language Writing,” “Identity Writing,” and “Copyleft Poetics,” along with a section commemorating the importance of the Centennial in 1967.

Reviews

This collection of academic essays and creative pieces takes an enthusiastic, engaged attitude to the unrolling of Canadian literature, starting with an intelligent introduction by editors Gregory Betts and Christian Bök [. ..]

- Derek Webster