History, Literature and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies by Alison CalderHistory, Literature and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies by Alison Calder

History, Literature and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies

EditorAlison Calder, Robert Wardhaugh

Paperback | May 16, 2005

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The Canadian Prairie has long been represented as a timeless and unchanging location, defined by settlement and landscape. Now, a new generation of writers and historians challenge that perception and argue, instead, that it is a region with an evolving culture and history. This collection of ten essays explores a more contemporary prairie identity, and reconfigures "the prairie" as a construct that is non-linear and diverse, responding to the impact of geographical, historical, and political currents. These writers explore the connections between document and imagination, between history and culture, and between geography and time.The subjects of the essays range widely: the non-linear structure of Carol Shield's The Stone Diaries; the impact of Aberhart's Social Credit, Marshall McLuhan, and Mesopotamian myth on Robert Kroetsch's prairie postmodernism; the role of document in long prairie poems; the connection between cultural tourism and heritage; the theme of regeneration in Margaret Laurence's Manawaka writing; the influence of imagination on geography in Thomas Wharton's Icefields; and the effects on an alpine climber of pre-WWII ideological concepts of time and individualism.
Alison Calder teaches English at the University of Manitoba and is a winner of the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for poetry. Robert Wardhaugh teaches History at the University of Western Ontario, and is the author of MacKenzie King and the Prairie West.
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Title:History, Literature and the Writing of the Canadian PrairiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.98 × 5.99 × 0.89 inPublished:May 16, 2005Publisher:University Of Manitoba PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887556825

ISBN - 13:9780887556821

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"An original and vital contribution to the understanding of prairie culture, history, and life." –Christian Riegel, University of Regina