West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature
These 17 essays ponder the character of prairie literature. What is prairie literature now, what has it been, and what is its future? That the prairies are “west of Eden” is an idea only, and a somewhat mischievous one. Is this spot distant from the glory of the garden? Writers have often pondered the ambiguous sanctity of the prairies, while those who recruited settlers certainly exploited the notion. These varied essays engage with Margaret Laurence, Rudy Wiebe, and Neil Young. They present analysis of NFB films and the gopher as icon. Here are strategies for teaching and views of the Canadian prairies from abroad. This is a significant collection of fresh views of prairie literature.
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