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The Burgess Shale : the Canadian writing landscape of the 1960s

By: Atwood, Margaret Carriere, Marie(Introduction by)

Part of the CLC Kreisel Lecture Series series
1772123013 / 9781772123012
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"The outburst of cultural energy that took place in the 1960s was in part a product of the two decades that came before.

It's always difficult for young people to see their own time in perspective: when you're in your teens, a decade earlier feels like ancient history and the present moment seems normal: what exists now is surely what has always existed." Margaret Atwood compares the Canadian literary landscape of the 1960s to the Burgess Shale, a geological formation that contains the fossils of many strange prehistoric life forms.

The Burgess Shale is not entirely about writing itself, however: Atwood also provides some insight into the meagre writing infrastructure of that time, taking a lighthearted look at the early days of the institutions we take for granted today-from writers' organizations, prizes, and grant programs to book tours and festivals.


1KBC Canada, 2AB English, 3JJPK c 1960 to c 1970, DSB Literary studies: general, JFCA Popular culture, KNTP Publishing industry & book trade, WH Humour

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