Bruce W. Powe is a Professor of Humanities at York University. He is the author of a number of influential books including The Solitary Outlaw and A Climate Charged, as well as the novel Outage and a book of poetry The Unsaid Passing.
Towards a Canada of Light
B.W. Poweâ€™s visionary work of political philosophy dares to re-imagine Canada. First conceived in 1993, this fully revised, expanded, updated edition, complete with an inspired new introduction that considers Canada in a post-9/11 context, is a landmark book that has become a classic text for understanding the work-in-progress that is Canada.
Countering George Grantâ€™s pessimistic Lament for a Nation, which defined the intellectual climate in Canada for decades, Powe argues that our country is in fact a completely original model of what an enlightened polity might be for the 21st century.
Here is a passionately inspired portrait of Canada as a communication state â€“ a counter-nation of loose ties and subtle associations where dialogue, ideas, debate and the exchange of information is the currency that holds us lightly together.
Towards a Canada of Light points to the urgent realization of a new and liberating way of what it means to be Canadian.
When I read the first few pages of A Canada of Light I had to put the book down to catch my breathâ€¦ a soaring alchemical vision.
Gloriously poeticâ€¦. Read aloud to anyone you love.
A new vision of Canada, freed of borders and race.
An innovative viewâ€¦ a challenging meditation.
Powe has discovered the roots of an informal Canadian democracy and shows is its poetry and wonder.
Exciting, demanding, and pathbreakingâ€¦ a bold new answer to questions about Canada.