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Mary di Michele

Mary di Michele

Essays on Her Works

By Joseph Pivato

Mary di Michele is an extraordinary voice in Canadian poetry. From the award-wining Mimosa and Other Poems, to her recent novel, Tenor of Love, di Michele explores the human experience with frankness and sensitivity. She has also chronicled the experiences of ethnic minority women with sharp images and memorable poetic lines. She is considered one of the founders of Italian-Canadian literature. The essays in this volume examine the full range of her works, especially Luminous Emergencies and Debriefing the Rose. The essays are by Nathalie Cooke, Lisa Bonato, Barbara Godard, Vera Golini, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Ian Williams, Richard Harrison, Debra Muchnik, and Joseph Pivato. The bibliography and interview are by the editor.


Guernica Editions (Essential Writers Series)


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Joseph Pivato is Professor Emeritus of Literary Studies at Athabasca University in Edmonton. His Ph.D. is in Comparative Literature. When he held The Mariano Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies at York University in 1987-88, he taught the first course on Italian-Canadian literature offered anywhere. In 1985 he edited Contrasts: Comparative Essays on Italian-Canadian Writing which became a seminal book promoting ethnic minority writing. His other publications include: Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), Echo: Essays on Other Literatures (1994), Mary di Michele: Essays on Her Works (2007), The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Writing (1998), and Caterina Edwards: Essays in Her Works (2000). His new books are: Sheila Watson: Essays on Her Works (2015), and Rina Del Nin Cralli, From Friuli: Poems in Friulan, with English Translations (2015, Longbridge Books, Montreal).