Northern experience and the myths of Canadian culture /
Renée Hulan.
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Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2002.
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245 p. ; 24 cm.
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0773522271 :
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Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2002.
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0773522271 :
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4662921
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-234) and index.
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"This book is astonishing. It displays a commodious and yet incisive mind, a generous but critical aptitude, a far-ranging eclectic engagement with North that never slips into generalization or interdisciplinary evasion. In a breath-taking variety of texts from the obvious to the obscure, Hulan gathers an argument about the extent to which their authority is grounded in assumptions of gender and race ... This book will take its place as a significant voice in an ongoing debate." John Moss, author ofEnduring Dreams: An Exploration of Arctic Landscape"An important addition to previous works, analysing the concept of "northern identity" and how it has evolved over the years." Shelagh Grant, Department of Canadian Studies, Trent University, Traill College
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An in-depth examination of the ethnographic content and impact of literary representations of "Canada as North." Renee Hulan disputes the notion that the north is a source of distinct collective identity for Canadians. Through a synthesis of critical, historical, and theoretical approaches to northern subjects in literary studies, she challenges the epistemology used to support this idea. By investigating mutually dependent categories of identity in literature that depicts northern peoples and places, Hulan provides a descriptive account of representative genres in which the north figures as a central theme--including autobiography, adventure narrative, ethnography, fiction, poetry, and travel writing. She considers each of these diverse genres in terms of the way it explains the cultural identity of a nation formed from the settlement of immigrant peoples on the lands of dispossessed, indigenous peoples.
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InNorthern Experience and the Myths of Canadian CultureRenée Hulan disputes the notion that the north is a source of distinct collective identity for Canadians. Through a synthesis of critical, historical, and theoretical approaches to northern subjects in literary studies, she challenges the epistemology used to support this idea.By investigating mutually dependent categories of identity in literature that depicts northern peoples and places, Hulan provides a descriptive account of representative genres in which the north figures as a central theme - including autobiography, adventure narrative, ethnography, fiction, poetry, and travel writing. She considers each of these diverse genres in terms of the way it explains the cultural identity of a nation formed from the settlement of immigrant peoples on the lands of dispossessed, indigenous peoples. Reading against the background of contemporary ethnographic, literary, and cultural theory, Hulan maintains that the collective Canadian identity idealized in many works representing the north does not occur naturally but is artificially constructed in terms of characteristics inflected by historically contingent ideas of gender and race, such as self-sufficiency, independence, and endurance, and that these characteristics are evoked to justify the nationhood of the Canadian state.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Northern Nation?p. 3
Speaking Man to Man: Ethnography and the Representation of the Northp. 29
"Everybody Likes the Inuit": Inuit Revision and Representations of the Northp. 60
"To Fight, Defeat, and Dominate": From Adventure to Masteryp. 98
Lovers and Strangers: Reimagining the Mythic Northp. 138
Epilogue: Unsettling the Northern Nationp. 179
Notesp. 189
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 235
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