From ”naked country” to ”sheltering ice”: Rudy Wiebe’s Revisionist Treatment of John Franklin’s First Arctic Narrative

  • Susan Birkwood Carleton University
Emneord (Nøkkelord): Canadian literature, 1900-1999, Wiebe, Rudy (b. 1934), A Discovery of Strangers (1994), novel, treatment of exploration, of the Arctic, by Franklin, Sir John (1786-1847), Dene,

Sammendrag

Rudy Wiebe's A Discovery of Strangers (1994) offers a revisionist construction of Franklin's first expedition to find the North-West Passage, one that attempts to show the disparate views of the landscape held by the British explorers and the Yellowknife of the Coppermine region-one of the Dene peoples-and to sound a warning about the devastating effects of the arrogant will to dominate the environment. True to the conventions of historical fiction, Wiebe, makes Franklin, himself, a largely peripheral figure, choosing to focus on lesser known participants in the events of 1821.

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Susan Birkwood, Carleton University
Susan Birkwood teaches Canadian literature and nineteeth-century British literature at Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Her research interests include late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century exploration and travel literature whose focus is Canada, along with historical fiction that offers a revisionist view of Canada's colonial past.
Publisert
2008-02-01
Hvordan referere
Birkwood, Susan. 2008. «From ”naked country” to ”sheltering ice”: Rudy Wiebe’s Revisionist Treatment of John Franklin’s First Arctic Narrative». Nordlit 12 (1), 25-38. https://doi.org/10.7557/13.1161.
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