Northern Experience and the Myths of Canadian Culture

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr

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An in-depth examination of the ethnographic content and impact of literary representations of "Canada as North." Renee Hulan disputes the notion that the north is a source of distinct collective identity for Canadians. Through a synthesis of critical, historical, and theoretical approaches to northern subjects in literary studies, she challenges the epistemology used to support this idea. By investigating mutually dependent categories of identity in literature that depicts northern peoples and places, Hulan provides a descriptive account of representative genres in which the north figures as a central theme--including autobiography, adventure narrative, ethnography, fiction, poetry, and travel writing. She considers each of these diverse genres in terms of the way it explains the cultural identity of a nation formed from the settlement of immigrant peoples on the lands of dispossessed, indigenous peoples.

Author Biography

Renee Hulan is assistant professor in the Department of English at Saint Mary's University and the editor of Native North America: Critical and Cultural Perspectives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: A Northern Nation? 3(26)
Speaking Man to Man: Ethnography and the Representation of the North
``Everybody Likes the Inuit'': Inuit Revision and Representations of the North
``To Fight, Defeat, and Dominate'': From Adventure to Mastery
Lovers and Strangers: Reimagining the Mythic North
Epilogue: Unsettling the Northern Nation 179(10)
Notes 189(12)
References 201(34)
Index 235

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