Reading Canadian Reading meticulously rereads Davey's and others' criticism of Canadian writing and teases out contentious assumptions that shape notions of Canadian culture, literature, and writing. Sixteen exemplary readings articulate the economic and ideological forces structuring the writing, publishing, distribution, and reading of Canadian text, and unheard voices and stories in the work of Margaret Atwood, Earle Birney, Dennis Cooley, Jack Hodgins, Eli Mandel, and Audrey Thomas.
Scholar and poet Frank Davey is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario.
He received a BA from UBC, where he was a founder of poetry newsletter TISH. He has an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD from the University of Southern California.
He is the author of a number of books of Canadian criticism and former editor of Open Letter, a Canadian journal of writing and theory. In 1984, Davey founded SwiftCurrent, the world's first online literary magazine with fellow author, Fred Wah.