ENG252Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 29: Canadian Identity, National Conversation, Ekphrasis

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A lot people are questioning the notion of authoritative history which we get in alberta writer"s kroetsch"s essay. Going back to the archive many pieces play with archival documents and sources and feature the archive as the setting of the story. There"s a prominence of the archive as the source and a literal setting. There"s a frequent incorporation of fragments or photocopies or elements from historical documents into the body of the text. An example is michael ondaatje"s the skin of the. We"ll about the status of the stone hammer which takes on multiple meanings throughout kroetsch"s poem. In many cases it gave rise to complex examinations and the questioning. Canada"s history and settler colonial past which we see in stone. It"s sort of takes the disappearing story and uses it more authentically because this is actually a people that disappeared.

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