Rescaling Robert Kroetsch
A Reading across Communities, Borders, and Practices
Updated abstract (169 words) received 23 May 2019 and entered into FMP record only.
In this article I intend to pay homage to the poetic stature of Robert Kroetsch as one of the great North American postmodern poets via a primary focus on the formal and prosodic aspects of his long poems; and read Robert Kroetsch-the-writer without Robert Kroetsch-the-critic, avoiding, that is, the frameworks with which Kroetsch himself inaugurated an entirely new perspective on Canadian culture in the post-Frye and post-MacLuhan era. In my reading, I will reconstruct two main communities that I see as essential to understanding Kroetsch’s literary achievement: the larger North American – and postmodern – community, interested in exploring the new forms of thinking art and activism in the Vietnam War years and mostly associated with Kroetsch’s Boundary 2 experience, and the Canadian prairie writing community with which Kroetsch was in constant dialogue throughout his career.