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By Candida Rifkind

While Canadian historians have studied socialism within the Nineteen Thirties, and even if there were many reviews of yank and British literary leftists from this era, Comrades and Critics is the 1st full-length examine of Canada's Thirties literary left. not easy dominant perceptions that this decade was once a lull among the extra celebrated modernist businesses of the Twenties and Nineteen Forties, Candida Rifkind argues that the occasions of the Nineteen Thirties - from mass unemployment, to the dustbowl, to the Spanish Civil conflict - galvanized a new release of writers, prime them to unite inventive perform and political motion in provocative and influential ways.

Analyzing and getting better much-neglected poems, performs, manifestoes, and documentaries, Rifkind demonstrates how leftist cultural creation got here to dominate English-Canadian literature by way of the tip of the last decade. She can pay specific awareness to the numerous position that ladies writers performed during this interval and examines a various workforce of writers that incorporated Dorothy Livesay, Anne Marriott, Irene Baird, and Toby Gordon Ryan. those writers negotiated the fight to revolutionize either literature and politics, whereas being topic to the gender hierarchies of socialism and literary modernism that endured lengthy after the thirties got here to an end.

A groundbreaking learn in Canadian heritage and literature, Comrades and Critics is a much-needed exam of a big and nonetheless influential literary period.

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