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Divided highways : road narrative and nationhood in Canada

Author: Heather Macfarlane
Publisher: Ottawa, Ontario : University of Ottawa Press, 2019.
Series: Canadian literature collection.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book establishes the existence of a road trip genre in the literatures of Canada. Geography describes the land, and history peoples it, just as memories connect you to place. This is why road trips are such a feature of Anglophone, Québécois and Indigenous writing in Canada, allowing the travelers to claim, at least symbolically, the terrain they have traversed. It is the intersection of history and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Macfarlane, Heather, 1968-
Divided highways.
Ottawa, Ontario : University of Ottawa Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1047550591
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Macfarlane
ISBN: 9780776627748 9780776627755 9780776627762 0776627740 0776627759 0776627767
OCLC Number: 1100768910
Description: 1 online resource
Series Title: Canadian literature collection.
Responsibility: Heather Macfarlane.

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"This book establishes the existence of a road trip genre in the literatures of Canada. Geography describes the land, and history peoples it, just as memories connect you to place. This is why road trips are such a feature of Anglophone, Québécois and Indigenous writing in Canada, allowing the travelers to claim, at least symbolically, the terrain they have traversed. It is the intersection of history and geography that makes a journey so significant, nourishing a sense of place or revealing the lack of it. Examining the road trips undertaken therefore tells us much about the specific interests of the three general groups at the centre of this study. Their desire, and, in some cases, necessity to travel, the traveling companions and destinations they choose, and the histories they create on the land they are covering are indicative of their particular sense of place and nationhood within the country. In order to demonstrate this phenomenon, the book examines works by a variety of Anglophone, Québécois and Indigenous writers, including Gilles Archambault, Jeannette Armstrong, Jill Frayne, Tomson Highway, Linda Hogan, Scott Gardiner, Claude Jasmin, Robert Kroetsch, Lee Maracle, Jacques Poulin, Aritha van Herk and Paul Villeneuve. A comparative approach to literatures in Canada is the logical continuation of postcolonial studies in that it reveals the intricacies and specificities of various communities, contributing to a more complete understanding of multiple national collectivities. It also offers an important counternarrative to transnational studies."--

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