Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature

Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature

by Margaret Atwood

Paperback(Large Print)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


When first published in 1972, Survival was considered the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. Since then, it has continued to be read and taught, and it continues to shape the way Canadians look at themselves. Distinguished, provocative, and written in effervescent, compulsively readable prose, Survival is simultaneously a book of criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: ''What have been the central preoccupations of our poetry and fiction?'' Her answer is ''survival and victims.'' Atwood applies this thesis in twelve brilliant, witty, and impassioned chapters; from Moodie to MacLennan to Blais, from Pratt to Purdy to Gibson, she lights up familiar books in wholly new perspectives. This new edition features a foreword by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459664807
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
Publication date: 05/06/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Margaret Atwood: Margaret Atwood is one of the world's preeminent writers — winner of the Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in Toronto.


Toronto, Ontario

Date of Birth:

November 18, 1939

Place of Birth:

Ottawa, Ontario


B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

Table of Contents

Introduction By Margaret Atwood
What, Why, And Where Is Here?
How To Use This Book

Nature The Monster
Animal Victims
First People: Indians And Eskimos As Symbols
Ancestral Totems: Explorers • Settlers
Family Portrait: Masks Of The Bear
Failed Sacrifices: The Reluctant Immigrant
The Casual Incident Of Death: Futile Heroes, Unconvincing Martyrs And Other Bad Ends
The Paralyzed Artist
Ice Women Vs Earth Mothers: The Stone Angel And The Absent Venus
QuŽbec: Burning Mansions
Jail-Breaks And Re-Creations

Sources Of Epigraphs
Authors’ Index

Customer Reviews