Sense Of Style
Studies in the Art of Fiction in English-Speaking Canada
W. J. Keith
Professor Keith believes that insufficient attention has been paid in the recent past to the art of Canadian fiction. A Sense of Style returns to more traditional emphases. Keith has chosen the work of ten fiction-writers representing the range of Canadian fiction during the past fifty years, and has discussed their writings in what he believes to be the most appropriate terms — terms which emphasize artistry rather than theme or the exploration of national identity. The writers considered are Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Mavis Gallant, Jack Hodgins, Hugh Hood, Margaret Laurence, W.O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, Howard O’Hagan, and Ethel Wilson.
W.J. KEITH is a professor of English at University College, University of Toronto. His books include Epic Fiction: The Art of Rudy Wiebe (1981), Canadian Literature in English (1985), and Introducing Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman (1989).