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By Alison Calder, Robert Wardhaugh

The Canadian Prairie has lengthy been represented as a undying and unchanging position, outlined by way of cost and panorama. Now, a brand new iteration of writers and historians problem that notion and argue, as a substitute, that it's a area with an evolving tradition and heritage. This number of ten essays explores a extra modern prairie identification, and reconfigures “the prairie” as a build that's non-linear and various, responding to the effect of geographical, old, and political currents. those writers discover the connections among record and mind's eye, among historical past and tradition, and among geography and time.
     the topics of the essays diversity generally: the non-linear constitution of Carol Shield’s The Stone Diaries; the influence of Aberhart’s Social credits, Marshall McLuhan, and Mesopotamian fable on Robert Kroetsch’s prairie postmodernism; the position of record in lengthy prairie poems; the relationship among cultural tourism and background; the subject of regeneration in Margaret Laurence’s Manawaka writing; the impression of mind's eye on geography in Thomas Wharton’s Icefields; and the consequences on an alpine climber of pre-WWII ideological options of time and individualism.

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Geography did not call forth these monasteries—they were created by culture, and while their European form may seem incongruous to the High Plains, their community-based ideal both enables and naturalizes them. Many of the problems and promises of the Great Plains are simply those of rural North America writ large and exaggerated by our large spaces, our relative lack of cities, and our brittle environment. As Butala reminds us in an article written for the Globe & Mail's West magazine, 39 FRANCES W.

What the financier assumed to be a genuine rendering of the Rockies was, in fact, a representation of the artist's native Alps, as Wilhelm Streit later acknowledged in his own journal (230-231).

2. Robert Thacker, The Great Prairie Fact and Literary Imagination (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989), 224. 3. Robert Kroetsch, "A Conversation with Margaret Laurence, " in Trace: Prairie Writers on Writing, ed. BirkSproxton (Winnipeg: Turnstone, 1986), 19-30. 4. R. Douglas Francis, "Changing Images of the West," in The Prairie West: 21 ALISON CALDER and ROBERT WARDHAUGH Historical Readings, ed. R. Douglas Francis and Howard Palmer (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1985), 718.

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