The CanLit Guides 2018 Collection: Chapter Spotlight — Douglas Coupland’s Generation A: Storytelling in a Digital Age

Digital Orca (2009) is a public art piece by Douglas Coupland, located in Vancouver, BC. Guilhem VellutCC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

Studying Generation A? Check out the CanLit Guides chapter “Douglas Coupland’s Generation A: Storytelling in a Digital Age” by Shannon Smyrl.

Douglas Coupland’s 2009 novel Generation A exposes and probes core cultural anxieties related to isolation, mass commercialism, and environmental destruction—threats that feel imminent in our current digital world. As you study Generation A, look beyond this surface to consider how the thriller narrative is linked to the novel’s larger concern with storytelling. Because, ultimately, the novel is a story about storytelling, structured as five interconnected narratives, each with embedded “campfire” stories the characters tell each other. In the end, the characters’ sharing of stories is integral to the novel’s outcome.

Read “Douglas Coupland’s Generation A: Storytelling in a Digital Age”

CanLit Guides, created and maintained by Canadian Literature, is a open-access collection of learning materials on different topics in the field of Canadian literature. The CanLit Guides 2018 Collection is the result of collaboration between experts in the field and our editorial team. The chapters here cover a range of topics, time periods, and genres, and show the dynamic ways scholars are engaging with literatures in Canada today.