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In this comparative study of six Canadian novels, Marie Vautier examines reworkings of myth in the postcolonial context. While myths are frequently used in literature as transhistorical master narratives, she argues that these novels destabilize the traditional function of myth in their self-concious re-examination of historical events from a postcolonial perspective. Through detailed readings of Francois Barcelo's "La Tribu", George Bowering's "Burning Water", Jacques Godbout's "Les Tetes a Papineau", Joy Kogawa's "Obasan", Jovette Marchessault's "Comme Une Enfant de la Terre" and Rudy Wiebe's "The Scorched-Wood People", Vaultier situates New World myth within the broader contexts of political history and of classical, biblical and historical myths.
McGill-Queen's University Press
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