Echoing Silence: Essays on Arctic Narrative

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John George Moss
University of Ottawa Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 232 pages
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The North has always had, and still has, an irresistible attraction. This fascination is made up of a mixture of perspectives, among these, the various explorations of the Arctic itself and the Inuk cultural heritage found in the elders' and contemporary stories. This book discusses the different generations of explorers and writers and illustrates how the sounds of a landscape are inseparable from the stories of its inhabitants.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Documenting the Oral History of the Inuvialuit
7
An Arctic Affair
15
Coursing a Naked Country
23
Inuit and English 15761578
33
Inuit Accounts and the Franklin Mystery
53
J Dewey Soper 18931982
61
On Making History
69
John Stefflers The Afterlife of George Carturright and Harold Horwoods White Eskimo
113
The Northern Contemplations of Rudy Wiebe Aritha van Herk and John Moss
123
An Exploration of Enduring Dreams
137
The Spirit of the Arctic or Translating the Untranslatable in Rudy Wiebes A Discovery of Strangers
145
Representations of the Arctic in the Writings of Aritha van Herk
153
Gendering Northern Narrative
163
Adventure Narrative Engendering
183
Written Narratives and the Oral Tradition
191

Creating Willem Barentsz Piloting North
79
A Nomad Learns to Write and Draw
93
Speech Habits and Inuit Ethos
103
Conversations
107
An Enduring PanArctic Legend from Traditional Orature to the New Narratives of the Late Twentieth Century
211
Skeleton Woman Woman of the Sea
225
Contributors
231
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John Moss is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.

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