Book Launch – Counterblasting Canada – Wednesday May 11, 6 PM, The McLuhan Centre, Toronto

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Counterblasting Canada

University of Alberta Press, 2016

With Gregory Betts, Kristine Smitka, Adam Welch, Elena Lamberti

In 1914, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis—the founders of Vorticism—undertook an unprecedented analysis of the present, its technologies, communication, politics, and architecture. The essays in Counterblasting Canada trace the influence of Vorticism on Marshall McLuhan and Canadian Modernism. Building on the initial accomplishment of Blast, McLuhan’s subsequent Counterblast, and the network of artistic and intellectual relationships that flourished in Canadian Vorticism, the contributors offer groundbreaking examinations of postwar Canadian literary culture, particularly the legacies of Sheila and Wilfred Watson. Intended primarily for scholars of literature and communications, Counterblasting Canada explores a crucial and long-overlooked strand in Canadian cultural and literary history.

Contributors: Gregory Betts, Adam Hammond, Paul Hjartarson, Dean Irvine, Elena Lamberti, Philip Monk, Linda Morra, Kristine Smitka, Leon Surette, Paul Tiessen, Adam Welch, Darren Wershler.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

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Gregory Betts is the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, the Director of Canadian Studies, and an Associate Professor in English at Brock University in St. Catharines.

Paul Hjartarson is Professor Emeritus in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His scholarly work is on life-writing, Canadian literature, modernism, print culture and the digital humanities. His most recent book, co-authored with Shirley Neuman, is The Thinking Heart: The Literary Archive of Wilfred Watson (2014). Until his retirement, Paul Hjartarson was a Professor of English at the University of Alberta and has published on both Baroness Elsa and Frederick Philip Grove.

Kristine Smitka teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

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One Response to “Book Launch – Counterblasting Canada – Wednesday May 11, 6 PM, The McLuhan Centre, Toronto”

  1. 1 paologranata

    great! Thanks!


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