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Old July 29th, 2016, 09:27 PM   #1

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Canadian literature: Underappreciated?


While the second largest country on the planet, Canadian culture is often ignored.
Canadian literature might have a place in English literature; I'm not just too sure if it is underappreciated.
Canada has a winner of Nobel prize for literature, and her name is Alice Munro.
The sad fact for me is: I hardly read paper books since around 2005 or something like that.
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There are highlights for sure, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje two standouts along with Munro. Speaking as a Canadian I don't feel too forgotten - perhaps our "cultural mosaic" means there isn't much of a "Canadian voice" mold to be filled the way some other nations have great authors that become emblematic.
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While the second largest country on the planet, Canadian culture is often ignored.
Canadian literature might have a place in English literature; I'm not just too sure if it is underappreciated.
Canada has a winner of Nobel prize for literature, and her name is Alice Munro.
The sad fact for me is: I hardly read paper books since around 2005 or something like that.
The second largest country does not mean the second most populated and literature is written by people and not by square kms or miles.

There is no underappreciated cultural scene in english world. English world is the biggest exporter of culture in the world.

I read about 50 printed books and 50-100 books of comics (mostly graphic novels) per year. Try harder.

I have one hour of train each working day and I read books there.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_(novel)

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Bear is a novel by Canadian author Marian Engel, published in 1976. It won the Governor General's Literary Award the same year. It is Engel's fifth novel, and her most famous. The story tells of a lonely librarian in northern Ontario who enters into a sexual relationship with a bear. The book has been called "the most controversial novel ever written in Canada"
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To be sure, plenty of other novels might be written on that line, Moose and Beaver perhaps for librarians who like to live less dangerously; could provide an opportunity of a distinctively Canadian genre of literature.
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Canadian culture is well appreciated by Canadians, since book stores in Canada as well as libraries point out books written by Canadian authors. However, with only about 35 million people, Canadian authors don't get the type of attention that American authors receive.

I would say that our culture is respected in other parts of the world, but we tend to keep a lower profile. We may not get as much media attention as some other cultures, but we also don't see our flags being burned in other countries the way other flags are.
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I read Atwood, Mordecai Richler and Leonard Cohen in my youth...and no doubt one or two others too which I've forgotten.
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There are highlights for sure, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje two standouts along with Munro. Speaking as a Canadian I don't feel too forgotten - perhaps our "cultural mosaic" means there isn't much of a "Canadian voice" mold to be filled the way some other nations have great authors that become emblematic.
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