Review Poetics for Thursday.
The Imperialist - conventional realism; Canadians are late in literary development. First
1950s: Canadian writers start getting organized and responding to each other.
The Imperialist & Canada in the 1900s
02. Duncan, The Imperialist 1
Irony vs sympathy - judgement of the implied author on the central imperial question.
Duncan was born in 1861. 1860-62, four of the "Confederation Group of Canadian Poets"
Duncan depicts the town of her birth. She k
Idealization of Love/Politics examples.
p.137 - civilization accomplished slowly, discussion between Hugh and Advena
p.138 - public education and religion in England
p.147 - nostalgia on what "could have been"
p.241 religion + love
The two plots are unifi
04. Duncan, The Imperialist 3
Authorial intrusion. (144) "It was not the sort of thing Lorne expected". (257) :It had been
used once before that.". It makes little sense to think outside of the narrator's intrusions.
Realism. Almost every generation of ar
05. Grove, Fruits of the Earth 1
Grove is fascinated with prairie winter and its power. Prairie realism and its practices will be
What was FPG like? He was not the patriarchal, stern man we imagine him to be. (read
Spetigue, FPG: The European Yea
06. Grove, Fruits of the Earth 2
In the first part, Abe doesn't want to theorize time. When we try to theorize time, we
think of physical or theoretical metaphors - the "line" of time is usually the most
We need to try to und
Grove, Fruits of the Earth 3
There are many changes in the second part of the novel. The first part is the story of the
epic farmer, but the second part heavily complicates this.
Authour's note: "the first hint to fruits of the earth were the words of a r
Grove, Fruits of the Earth 4; Callaghan, They Shall Inherit the Earth 1
(279) We are still trying to understand Abe's retrenchment, the modernity that he is
We hear how Abe would like to understand the farm - he is trying to find a way o
Callaghan, They Shall Inherit the Earth 2
Callaghan's realist features
Descriptions of setting
Is Callaghan's interpretation the same as other realist writers? Not exactly,
the setting is seen through his character's eyes; description advances the
Callaghan, They Shall Inherit the Earth 3
Characterization, especially towards Michael, in relation to narration
There are times when an authoritative voice breaks into the narration and gives us a
judgement of a character. (46) Our narrator's omniscience
They Shall Inherit the Earth 4
On what does Callaghan base the sense of closure that we have at the end of the novel?
How does the good manifest itself?
What kind of "meaning" does Callaghan concern himself with? social justice?
religious justice? private
Tuesday February 19th Class Cancelled. Trehearne will post some discussion questions on
the discussion boards Monday night; we are asked to make some responses.
Why was Two Solitudes considered the first "Canadian" novel? What are some of its epic