By Jody Mason
This landmark examine explores the cultural and literary heritage of unemployment in Canada from the Nineteen Twenties to the Nineteen Seventies, which have been an important a long time within the formation of our present notion of Canada as a country. Writing Unemployment asks how writers with different political affiliations participated in and protested opposed to the discursive framing of unemployment. It argues that Depression-era conceptions of unemployment formed later twentieth-century understandings of either worklessness and citizenship.
By interpreting novels, brief tales, poetry, manifestos, and agitprop, Jody Mason situates the literary background of the cultural left in a broader context, demanding situations the dominant literary-historical narrative of the pioneer settler, and contributes to new scholarship on Canada’s glossy interval. by way of bridging shut textual readings with ebook and publishing background, financial and sociological research, and unique archival examine, Writing Unemployment bargains new rules on paintings by way of a lot of Canada’s most vital writers.