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Vikki Visvis

Week of 14th Sept. 2010 *Lecture outlines are available on Portal. Introduction to Course - Where is Here?: Historical Survey of Canadian Literature 1) Thematic Criticism in the 1970s Frye looks back at all the literature written thus far, and pulls out the central themes-Thematic Criticism. a) Strangled articulateness: tacitness, Canadians dont talk a lot. b) Terror of nature, portraying it as a malevolent force N Isolation bc of the cold N Expansiveness, space: nature is indifferent to us, which is what terrifies the soul, and not just the body) N Sense of being terrorized by indifference. c) Colonial mentality: inferior sense of being because of colonial status, always looking to Britain. d) Garrison mentality (Frye)-military fort designed to keep threats out. N Communities started as garrisons, built to keep things out-bears, raiders, natives. Protected early settlers from physical threats, but also affected the way Canadians saw themselves, and how it influenced their imaginations. N A garrison is a fort, suggesting combat-^}}Z]]}LoZ]Ll]L2_Z]L L]LKLo]: Constant push and pull between Anglo-French, US vs. Canada, Britain vs. Canada-binary opposition. N Also demands conformity- absence of individual imagination-all think the same way. By 1965, ]L[o]Z L]LZZo]ZL]ZZL 7K}KL}2o] outburst, defining the Canadian literary tradition. However, by the end of the 20 C, great literature started to be produced, around the post-moderL]Z]}:9^;}K]LLZ K]L7]LZ] ZL}Z]L2 L2}:_ N Northrop Frye was a predominant Romantic critique. Fine literature for him was based on }KL] ]K2]L]}L:^,K]L_-he thought imagination was stifled by conformity. e) NationaoL]9]L[Z]Ll LZL]}L:L]]oo-nation, colony, then post- nation after the 2 world wars, industrial revolution having led to globalization. No sense of selfLto when the concept of countries, nations, is redundant due to Capitalism, Globalization. Defined in between 2 nations: Britain and the U.S. Search for Identity: Canada was not so much viewed as a nation, but as a place to look for things. Always grappling w issue of identity, often in relation w nature. Not so mu Z^Z}KM_7^Z]ZZM_-o}Z]L}L[ZZ}L]L2Z7Lo}]L]o} ]}L within a vast landscape. Still largely unchartered and unknown space. Canadians are constantly trying to situate themselves within a larger existence, instead of forging their own.
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