Excerpts from A Glossary of Non-essential Forms and Genres in English-Canadian Literature
This chapter addresses the relationship between academia and popular culture in Canada through the medium of excerpts from a fictional glossary of literary terms. It presents a cheeky interrogation of the tendency toward hierarchized binaries in constructs of literary power. The chapter uses post-structural thought to strip the canon slightly of hierarchism and, to use Raymond Williams’s terminology, to introduce emergent culture into a dominant ideology, thus bridging the gap between literary studies and the popular forms and genres of comics, concept albums, science fiction, and videogames, by considering, sometimes in more than one category, Michael Vaughn-James’s The Cage (1975), Rush’s Clockwork Angels (2012), and Drew Karpyshyn’s Mass Effect (2007), among others.
KeywordsMichael Vaughan-James Rush Drew Karpyshyn The Cage Clockwork Angels Mass Effect
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