“Betts has created not only an invaluable archive of what it means to be ‘modern’ in Canada – the writings read like a cross-section of compacted layers social, material, and spiritual crisis in urban and rural Canada, but … he offers a unique, avant-garde key to understanding modernism itself as an expression of cosmopolitan and global, permeated and transformed by national and local, anxieties and wishes for what constitutes human identity and society.”
-Dr. Glenn Willmott, University of Toronto Quarterly
Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature
Graduate Program Director, Canadian and American Studies
Director, The Centre for Canadian Studies
Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. In Press.