Rudy Wiebe Analysis

Discussion Topics

What are the advantages and disadvantages for a writer of being reared as a Mennonite, as was Rudy Wiebe?

What was Wiebe’s agenda in Peace Shall Destroy Many beyond his mastery in a first novel?

What aspects of Wiebe’s background made him a likely writer to deal effectively with a subject like the John Franklin expedition?

Why was The Blue Mountains of China “deliberately distorted narrative”?

Why, in Wiebe’s opinion, do isolated communities fail to achieve peace?

Bibliography

(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Beck, Ervin. “Postcolonial Complexity in the Writings of Rudy Wiebe.” Modern Fiction Studies 47 (Winter, 2001). Critiques Wiebe’s religious agenda and his depiction of indigenous peoples.

Bilan, R. P. “Wiebe and Religious Struggle.” Canadian Literature 77 (Summer, 1978). Particularly insightful in its analysis of Wiebe’s religious worldview and the way it informs his fiction.

Keith, W. J. Epic Fiction: The Art of Rudy Wiebe. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1981. Somewhat dated but good book-length critical work.

Manbridge, Francis. “Wiebe’s Sense of Community.” Canadian Literature 77 (Summer, 1978). Deals with the broader thematic issues in Wiebe’s fiction.

Solecki, Sam. “Giant Fictions and Large Meanings: The Novels of Rudy Wiebe.” Canadian Forum 60 (March, 1981). Deals with the broader thematic issues in Wiebe’s fiction.

Toorn, Penny van. “Dialogizing the Scriptures: A Bakhtinian Reading of the Novels of Rudy Wiebe.” Literature & Theology 9 (December, 1995). Particularly insightful in its analysis of Wiebe’s religious worldview and the way it informs his fiction.

Toorn, Penny van. Rudy Wiebe and the Historicity of the Word. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1995. A critical study.

Weisman, Adam Paul. “Reading Multiculturalism in the United States and Canada: The Anthological Versus the Cognitive.” University of Toronto Quarterly 69 (Summer, 2000). Compares Wiebe’s The Temptations of Big Bear with Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) in an analysis of the different meanings of “multiculturalism” in the United States and Canada.

Whaley, Susan. Rudy Wiebe and His Works. 1983. Reprint. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987. Somewhat dated but good book-length critical work.