Literature and the Glocal City
Reshaping the English Canadian Imaginary
The modern city is a space that can simultaneously represent the principles of its homeland alongside its own unique blend of the cultures that intermingle within its city limits.
This book makes an intervention in Canadian literary criticism by foregrounding both ‘globalism,’ which is increasingly perceived as the state-of-the-art literary paradigm, and the city. These are two significant axes of contemporary culture and identity that were previously disregarded by a critical tradition built around the importance of space and place in Canadian writing. Yet, as relevant as the turn to the city and to globalism may be, this collection’s most notable contribution lies in linking the notion of ‘glocality’, that is, the intermeshing of local and global forces to representations of subjectivity in the material and figurative space of the Canadian city. Dealing with oppositional discourses as multiculturalism, postcolonialism, feminism, diaspora, and environmentalism this book is an essential reference for any scholar with an interest in these areas.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Urban Glocality and the English Canadian Imaginary Ana María Fraile-Marcos 1. Mobility and its Disenchantments in Marie Clements’ The Unnatural and Accidental Women and Burning Vision Deena Rymhs 2. Embodying the Glocal: Immigrant and Indigenous Ideas of Home in Tessa McWatt’s Montreal Michèle Lacombe 3. From Rowanwood to Downtown: The Torontonians and Girls Fall Down Coral Ann Howells 4. Dystopic Urbanites: Civilian Cyborgs in TransCanadian Speculative Fictions Belén Martín-Lucas 5. The Intrinsic Potential of Glassness: Narcissistic, Opaque, Organic Modes of Signifying the Urban in Vancouver Eva Darias-Beautell 6. The Refugee as Signifier in the Semiotics of the Glocal City: Michael Helm’s Cities of Refuge Ana María Fraile-Marcos 7. Responding to Late Capitalism: The Mall Kit Dobson 8. Hipster Urbanism and Glocal Toronto Brandon McFarlane 9. Glocalization and Neoliberalism in Michael Winter’s The Architects Are Here Herb Wylie 10. Ian Fleming’s Canadian Cities George Elliott Clarke
Ana María Fraile-Marcos is Associate Professor of English at the University of Salamanca, Spain