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McGifford, Diane

Overview
Works: 8 works in 24 publications in 1 language and 240 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR9194.5.S69, C810.808914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Diane McGifford
 
Most widely held works by Diane McGifford
The Geography of voice : Canadian literature of the South Asian diaspora( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakti's words : an anthology of South Asian Canadian women's poetry( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women recovering : a handbook for care providers working with women recovering from chemical dependency by Laurie Anne Johnson( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eros and Logos : the androgynous vision in the mythic narratives of Charles Williams by Diane McGifford( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although critics have analyzed and interpreted Charles Williams's prose fiction for more than thirty years, critical opinion has generally been swayed by two assumptions, one about Williams's genre and one about Williams himself. These assumptions -- that Williams wrote novels and that he was an orthodox Anglican -- have created the view that his prose fiction is aesthetically inferior to the more experimental novels of the twentieth century, that his prose ficiton is "escapist" since it is not mimetic or "realistic," and that he himself is a Christian apologist. This study is primarily concerned with re-evaluating Williams's seven works of prose fiction; the "war of forms" is a secondary interest. Consequently, assumptions about Williams's genre and the influence of his religious convicitons are dismissed as a priori beliefs which may prejudice one's evaluation and interpretation of Williams's art. To avoid the view that Williams's prose fiction is merely a vehicle for his theological ideas, this study adopts an eclectic or interdisciplinary approach. The critical materials used here are drawn from a variety of disciplines -- psychology, cultural anthropology, philosophy, theology, literary criticism -- and together constitute the critical material basic to archetypal criticism. The prose fiction itself, however, is always the final authority . At the same time, this study makes no assumptions about Williams's genre and attempts to evaluate his fictive form, rather than to condemn or to patronize him as a failed novelist. The dissertation opens with an examination of Williams's interpretation of the biblical Creation myth in which he strongly implies his belief in an androgynous Creator. This concept is absolutely crucial to my argument of regeneration or re-creation through the androgynous union of the masculine principle of Logos and the feminine principle of Eros. The introduction also examines Williams's ideas about time and history, concluding that he embraced the concept of cyclical time and periodic regeneration, and that he rejected the notion of eschatological time. After extablishing Williams's deviation from the mainstream of the patriarchal Judeo-Christian tradition, the introduction turns to the question of genre and suggests that Williams's prose fiction does not belong to the tradition of the novel, but more properly to the literature we call fantastical, mystical, or archetypal. Finally, the introduction rejects the term "novel" for Williams's prose fiction and substitutes the term "mythic narrative" in the belief that this better describes the mythic and narrative dimensions of his prose ficion. After the introduction there follow five chapters devoted to an analysis of androgynous union and the significance of this to Williams's thought. His first two mythic narratives, Shadows of Ecstasy and War in Heaven, are examined in an appendix, since they contain only the embryonic form of his androgynous vision. Each of the remaining narratives -- Many Dimensions, The Place of the Lion, The Greater Trumps, Descent into Hell, and All Hallow's Eve -- is studied in a separate chapter in an effort to determine the varying circumstances under which androgynous union occurs and the effects of this union on the world of creation. Special attention is given to the role and figure of the artist-shaman, to the significance of woman as a redemptive force, to the myths of the Fall and Incarnation, and to the spiritual quests of the protagonists. These chapters also attempt to examine Wiliams's methods and techniques and to explain how they complement and reinforce his mythic vision. In conclusion, this dissertation departs from the traditional interpretation of Williams's prose fiction. It suggests that Williams's thought and vision are more akin to the primitive understanding of divinity and the relationship between nature and supernature than to the Christian view. The archetype which supports this contention, and the one examined in this study, is that of the androgyne. This study suggests that in Williams's prose fiction narrative has been returned to its ancient seat for he subordinates character to the innate human love of story. Ultimately, this dissertation asserts that Williams should not be regarded as an artless and dogmatic novelist or as a Christian apologist. We can best appreciate his art and position in twentieth-century literature if we ignore the sectarian point of view and overcome our critical biases
Ending the terror : towards zero tolerance : discussion paper on the NDP Caucus Task Force on Violence Against Women by New Democratic Party of Manitoba( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakti's works by Diane McGifford( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

William Carlos Williams' discovery of America : a study of In the American Grain and Paterson by Diane McGifford( Book )

2 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The Geography of voice : Canadian literature of the South Asian diaspora
Alternative Names
Diane McGifford Canadees politica

Diane McGifford Canadian politician

Languages
English (23)

Covers
Shakti's words : an anthology of South Asian Canadian women's poetry