Reappraisals: Canadian Writers was begun in 1973 in response to a need for single volumes of essays on Canadian authors who had not received the critical attention they deserved or who warranted extensive and intensive reconsideration. It is the longest running series dedicated to the study of Canadian literary subjects. Since the publication of The Grove Symposiumin 1973, we have broadened our focus to include volumes on important genres, topics, or theoretical issues in Canadian literature as well as volumes on individual authors. In each case, our editorial policy has been clear: each year to make permanently available in a single volume the best of the criticism presented at our symposia, thereby creating a body of work on and a critical base for the study of Canadian writers and subjects.
The General Editor of the Reappraisals: Canadian Writers series is Gerald Lynch.
The most recent book in the series is:
Editors: Janice Fiamengo, Gerald Lynch
Alice Munro’s Miraculous Art is a collection of sixteen original essays on Nobel laureate Alice Munro’s writings. The volume covers the entirety of Munro’s career, from the first stories she published in the early 1950s as an undergraduate at the University of Western Ontario to her final books. It offers an enlightening range of approaches and interpretive strategies, and provides many new perspectives, reconsidered positions and analyses that will enhance the reading, teaching, and appreciation of Munro’s remarkable—indeed miraculous—work.
Following the editors’ introduction—which surveys Munro’s recurrent themes, explains the design of the book, and summarizes each contribution—Munro biographer Robert Thacker contributes a substantial bio-critical introduction to her career. The book is then divided into three sections, focusing on Munro’s characteristic forms, themes, and most notable literary effects.