ENGL 3630 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: William Wilfred Campbell, Sara Jeannette Duncan, Bliss Carman

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Last class, looking at need for distinct identity for canada. Importance of writers and intellectuals in creating this national identity. Idea that without national literature cannot have national life. In protection for canadian literature (1858) thomas d"archy mcgee (a father of. Confederation and prophet of the new nationality) argues that a national literature is essential to the production of a distinct individuality . Without a unique national identity that represented the physical appearances and social conditions of the country , the newly formed national (what would become. Canada) would simply disappear from the face of the earth or by annexed by our. More powerful neighbour (305: talking about united states. Mcgee was acutely conscious of the threat american culture posed to canada"s own self-creation and argued against the americanization of the canadian mind. Need to train canadian minds to have a distinct way of seeing things.

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