The New Land: Studies in a Literary Theme

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, May 23, 1978 - Literary Criticism - 160 pages

The essays in this volume were originally presented at a workshop held at the University of Calgary on August 1–5, 1977 and sponsored by the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. The phrase “the new land” underwent careful scrutiny and reassessment during the course of the conference, and the insights that resulted from the readings and discussions were of considerable value to participants and observers alike. Chronologically and thematically the essays cover a wide range: from La Nouvelle France as seen by the early missionaries and by the French Romantic writer Chateaubriand to variations on the new land theme in present-day Qußbec; from the Prairies as seen by an early homesteader-novelist from France, Constantin-Weyer, to the Manitoba of Gabrielle Roy, which in turn is contrasted to the Nebraska of Willa Cather; from a historical recreation of the Saskatchewan landscape and history by a gifted contemporary novelist Rudy Wiebe, to a paradisal celebration of British Columbia reflected in the later works of Malcolm Lowry. What emerged from all of this, among other things, was the articulation of a mythology about the new land that was far more complex and expansive than the one derived originally through an old–world perspective.

 

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Contents

New Land Ancient Land
1
Chateaubriand In America
5
Continuity In New Land Themes From New France To The Present
27
Women Writers And The New Land
45
Prairie Nostalgia
61
The New Land And Malcolm Lowry
79
Willa Cather And Gabrielle Roy
93
Le Thème de lespace dans la littérature canadiennefrançaise
121
A Place Of Absolute Unformed Beginning
133
La Terre abandonnée
149
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Richard Chadbourne took his Ph.D. in French at Yale University and taught at Fordham University and the University of Colorado before coming to the University of Calgary, where he has served as Head of the Department of Romance Studies and is currently Professor of French. The author of two books on Ernest Renan, a forthcoming book on Sainte-Beuve, and numerous papers on other nineteenth-century French writers, he has recently added French- Canadian literature to his research interests, choosing for the moment to focus on Gabrielle Roy.

Hallvard Dahlie has his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He is Professor and Head of the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Brian Moore (1969), and of articles on Moore, Lowry, Fitzgerald, Callaghan, Munro and Grove, and is currently researching a book on realism in Canadian fiction.

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