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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887845908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887845901
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Daphne Marlatt was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in Penang, Malaysia, until her family immigrated to Canada in 1951. She is the author of the novels Ana Historic and Taken. She has published numerous collections of poetry, including Steveston, Touch to My Tongue, Salvage, This Tremor Love Is, and The Given, which won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2006, she was appointed to the Order of Canada. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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There is a suppression of history, arguably the personal narrative is wiped from the slate and factual ideas and events tend to be unrevealing. Daphne Marlatt focuses on the suppression of women's histories as Ana Historic explores history and narration.
Novels should raise questions, as Ana Historic does successfully. Marlatt gives a voice to women by questioning the conventions and rules of writing. She mixes history by exploring different eras and making connections between the 1980's and 1870's with the characters Annie and Ana. The different historical voices of the novel bind these women together and the astounding poetics of Marlatt's own voice. Ana Historic is an enchanting meld of the poem and the novel. Marlatt's words flow into one another, even the form of the novel itself breaks conventions and takes a more poetic route to align the words on the page. She has a feminine approach to language and a soft pensive order to the way she writes. It's a challenging book that deserves a close read as the movement of time is sometimes difficult to follow. Dapne Marlatt takes the reader into a dark lost place and it's fascinating to go there with her.
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Ana, a Vancouver wife and mother, becomes obsessed with the character of Mrs. Richards, an early resident of Vancouver whose legacy consists only of a few unsatisfying references in a history book. Ana struggles to come to terms with the exclusion of women from traditional "history", and converts this lack into a potential for endless imagination. As she reimaginves and rewrites Mrs. Richards' history, she comes to a new kind of personal freedom and self-knowledge. Daphne Marlatt is primarily a writer of poetry, concequently the style in Ana Historic is lovely and poetic, although not too hard to follow. The book is thoughtful, but so compelling that I found it impossible to put down.
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Ana Historic, in a nutshell: -is written in non-conventional prose, free of the common uses of character development, punctuation and linear plot movement -attempts to include the impossible- to write women into history -Daphne Marlatt uses evocative imagery and detail to portray small moments of time that revolve and fold in on itself-forming a whole for the gap that cannot be filled in "normal"patriarchical writing
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HASH(0x9f1fb90c) out of 5 stars new poetic challenges May 7 2002
By Jill Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is a suppression of history, arguably the personal narrative is wiped from the slate and factual ideas and events tend to be unrevealing. Daphne Marlatt focuses on the suppression of women's histories as Ana Historic explores history and narration.
Novels should raise questions, as Ana Historic does successfully. Marlatt gives a voice to women by questioning the conventions and rules of writing. She mixes history by exploring different eras and making connections between the 1980's and 1870's with the characters Annie and Ana. The different historical voices of the novel bind these women together and the astounding poetics of Marlatt's own voice. Ana Historic is an enchanting meld of the poem and the novel. Marlatt's words flow into one another, even the form of the novel itself breaks conventions and takes a more poetic route to align the words on the page. She has a feminine approach to language and a soft pensive order to the way she writes. It's a challenging book that deserves a close read as the movement of time is sometimes difficult to follow. Dapne Marlatt takes the reader into a dark lost place and it's fascinating to go there with her.
HASH(0x9f1fbbdc) out of 5 stars Reimagining Queer Canadian Women's Herstory: A Review of Daphne Marlatt's Novel Ana Historic Aug. 17 2012
By caseythecanadianlesbrarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For a viscerally experimental and gorgeously postmodern glimpse at queer Canadian women's herstory, there is no better place to look than Daphne Marlatt's 1988 novel Ana Historic. I say postmodern and experimental because the novel undoubtedly is, but this is not so much a warning as an invitation to watch Marlatt deftly and beautifully use words to carve out a space for queer women not only in Canadian history, but also in contemporary Canadian society. This carving needs to take the form of Marlatt's disarming poetics and rhizomatic, circular style in order to do the difficult and necessary work of counteracting the overwhelmingly masculinist history that the protagonist Annie--ironically or perhaps appropriately a failed history graduate student--begins to understand as only "a certain voice...."

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HASH(0x9f1fd030) out of 5 stars an excelent, thought-provoking read Feb. 23 2000
By Vanessa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ana, a Vancouver wife and mother, becomes obsessed with the character of Mrs. Richards, an early resident of Vancouver whose legacy consists only of a few unsatisfying references in a history book. Ana struggles to come to terms with the exclusion of women from traditional "history", and converts this lack into a potential for endless imagination. As she reimaginves and rewrites Mrs. Richards' history, she comes to a new kind of personal freedom and self-knowledge. Daphne Marlatt is primarily a writer of poetry, concequently the style in Ana Historic is lovely and poetic, although not too hard to follow. The book is thoughtful, but so compelling that I found it impossible to put down.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1fd3f0) out of 5 stars Filling the Gaps - Placing Women Back Into Hisory March 30 2000
By Mimi Mahovlich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ana Historic, in a nutshell: -is written in non-conventional prose, free of the common uses of character development, punctuation and linear plot movement -attempts to include the impossible- to write women into history -Daphne Marlatt uses evocative imagery and detail to portray small moments of time that revolve and fold in on itself-forming a whole for the gap that cannot be filled in "normal"patriarchical writing


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