Book details

Publication date: May 2016
Features: Bibliography, notes, index
Keywords: Literary History/Cultural History
Subject(s): LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, Literary History/Cultural History, Literary Criticism, Canadian Studies, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian, Anthologies: general, Literary History/Cultural History
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Gregory Betts. Gregory Betts is the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence at Brock University, the Director of Canadian Studies, and an Associate Professor in English. He is the author of Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations (UTP 2013).

Paul Hjartarson. Paul Hjartarson is Professor Emeritus in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His most recent book, co-authored with S.C. Neuman and EMiC UA, is The Thinking Heart: The Literary Archive of Wilfred Watson (UAP 2014).

Kristine Smitka. Kristine Smitka teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. To better understand the relationship between print and digital forms of publishing, her research focuses on the paperback book as a medium that defies the old vs. new media binary.

Leon Surette.

Elena Lamberti.

Adam Hammond.

Adam Welch.

Paul Tiessen.

Philip Monk.

Dean Irvine.

Linda M. Morra.

Darren Wershler.

"Reading Counterblasting Canada one has the impression that this quartet—Lewis, McLuhan, and Wilfred and Sheila Watson—and their thinking about culture touched just about every discipline and genre available in the mid to late twentieth century…. Finally, then, these collections not only open up new critical conversations about Watson and others, they remind us that our provocative predecessors are also mentors who might help us reimagine the liberal arts in the neo-liberal university." [Full review at]

Kait Pinter, The Bull Calf, 6.2

"[The essays] coincide and illuminate a narrative attentive to modernist and postmodernist discourses, patterns of influence, media theory, and the future of the humanities more generally.... While every essay is rich in theory and critical reflection, it is witnessing career- and life-altering conversations unfold on every page of this book that is sometimes most engrossing. Those conversations are made all the more impressive by the archival research peppered throughout.... The model of influence presented in Counterblasting Canada is compelling because it is partly a site of conflict.... Counterblasting Canada will have obvious appeal to communications, media studies, or Canadian literature scholars (especially those interested in the recent conversationsabout later modernism, intermodernism, and the like..." Canadian Literature 232 (Spring 2017) [Full review at]

Jeffrey Aaron Weingarten

XI Acknowledgements
XIII Introduction // Gregory Betts, Paul Hjartarson, and Kristine Smitka

1 Remembering McLuhan // Leon Surette

The Art of Being Read
2 The New Canadian Vortex: Marshall McLuhan and the Avant-Garde Function of Counter-Environments // Gregory Betts
3 Watson, McLuhan (& Lewis): Conscious (Modernist) Solitudes, Challenging Canadians // Elena Lamberti
4 Excellent Internationalists: How Sheila Watson and Marshall McLuhan Made Wyndham Lewis Influential // Adam Hammond
II The Antennae of the Race
5 Dispatches from the DEW Line: McLuhan, Anti-Environments, and Visual Art across the Canada–US Border, 1966–1973 // Adam Welch
6 Wilfred Watson, Playwright: Writing (to) McLuhan // Paul Tiessen
7 Marshall McLuhan, General Idea, and Me! // Philip Monk

III Art and Anti-Environment
8 Sheila Watson, Wyndham Lewis, and Men without Art // Dean Irvine
9 “His Name Is Felix”: Artist as Catalytic Agent and the Counter-Environment in Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook // Linda M. Morra
10 Magic, Monstrosity, and “the Mechanization of Death”: Sheila Watson and Marshall McLuhan’s Dialogue on Photography // Kristine Smitka

11 Marshall McLuhan as Vanishing Mediator // Darren Wershler

277 Works Cited
293 Contributors
295 Index
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