The study of Montreal as a specific location in French and English writings has long been subordinated to the demands of linguistically divided and politically contentious narratives about national development. In this cross- linguistic study, Patrick Coleman models an inclusive and post-national literary history of the city itself. Tracing a sequence of moments in the emergence of the Montreal novel from World War II to the turbulent 1960s, Equivocal City offers close read- ings of fourteen key works of fiction, focusing on the inner dynamic of their construction as well as the unexpected convergences and contrasts in the narrative structures they adopt and the aesthetic perspective they seek to achieve. Critically sophisticated but accessibly written, this book gives a sympathetic account of how writers in both languages struggled to give inte- grated artistic expression to their experience of a city that was still linguisti- cally compartmentalized and culturally insecure. By analyzing the interplay between story and narrative form, the book explores what French and English novelists could – and could not – imagine about the Montreal they sought to portray. From the responsible realism of Hugh MacLennan and Gabrielle Roy to the fractious phantasmagorias of Jacques Ferron and Leonard Cohen, Equivocal City traces the evolution of the Montreal novel with the aim of retrieving a shareable literary past. Patrick Coleman is research professor of French and francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Sweatsuits and the apocalypse, the demands of a sofa, a life recalled through window frames, whale watching through cancer, the serendipity of geographi- cal names … in Feelings of Structure, these are just some of the spaces and places, memories, and experiences addressed by the authors in writings that are multilevel explorations of the tangled-up nature of feeling and structure. Inspired by Raymond Williams’s classic essay “Structures of Feeling” and influenced by the current discussion of affect studies, this collection inverts Williams’s influential concept to explore the ephemerality of feeling as work- ing in concert with the grounding forces of materiality and history. Feelings of Structure is a collection of twelve original texts that explore the weight of di- verse encounters with a variety of configurations, be they institutional, spatial, historical, or fantastical. Featuring writers from a range of disciplines, this book aims for textual evocation in subject matter and approach, with essays that encompass multiple methodologies, writing styles, and tones. Experimental in nature, Feelings of Structure balances the need for con- crete and specific observation with the ephemerality of experience. Karen Engle is associate professor in visual culture at the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor and the author of Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination. Yoke-Sum Wong is managing editor of the Journal of Historical Sociology and teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design. 3 7 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 8 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S November 2018 -i2l9lii87l7S27lhZZu8Sn-7vZbmU4Zu8Sn-7vZA64Zgchn--ZZ3o3as -i2l9lii87l7S2Sl-ZZu,c9n996ZbmU4Zu,c9n996ZA64Zg-cn99ZZ150r$ hZBZ-ZZ8ih33ZZ a:00£ZoDot5oT5a S P E C I F I C AT I O N S November 2018 -i2l9lii87l7S7cl2ZZu8cn-7vZbmU4Zuc-n-7vZA64Zgccn--ZZ3o3as -i2l9lii87l7S7,l,ZZu,,9n996ZbmU4Zu,,9n996ZA64Zg2Sn99ZZ150r$ hnc7ZBZ-nc7ZZcS933ZZS,Z3$0r0.4Z1050dsZ.a1rt0p a:00£ZoDot5oT5a Equivocal City French and English Novels of Postwar Montreal patrick coleman A fresh approach to Montreal fiction, integrating French and English novels into a common literary history. C U LT U R A L S T U D I E S • C O M M U N I C AT I O N S T U D I E S C A N A D I A N L I T E R AT U R E • U R B A N S T U D I E S Feelings of Structure Explorations in Affect edited by karen engle and yoke-sum wong How places, objects, fantasies, histories, and memories get under our skin and how we understand their affective connections.