By Jason Blake

Hockey occupies a renowned position within the Canadian cultural lexicon, as evidenced by means of the wealth of hockey-centred tales and novels released inside Canada. during this interesting new paintings, Jason Blake takes readers on a thematic trip via Canadian hockey literature, studying 5 universal issues - nationhood, the hockey dream, violence, nationwide identification, and family members - as they seem in hockey fiction.

Blake examines the paintings of such authors as Mordecai Richler, David Adams Richards, Paul Quarrington, and Richard B. Wright, arguing learn of up to date hockey fiction exposes a stricken courting with the nationwide recreation. instead of the storybook chuffed finishing universal in activities literature of prior generations, Blake reveals that present day fiction portrays hockey as an often-glorified activity that during truth ends up in damaged lives and ironic outlooks. the 1st publication to concentration solely on hockey in print, Canadian Hockey Literature is an obtainable paintings that demanding situations renowned perceptions of a much-beloved nationwide pastime.

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