Divided Highways

Divided Highways

Road Narrative and Nationhood in Canada

By Heather Macfarlane

200 Pages · 8x5.5 · June 25 2019

Paper ISBN: 9780776627731

PDF ISBN: 9780776627748

ePub ISBN: 9780776627755

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This book establishes the existence of a road trip genre in the literatures of Canada. Geography describes the land, and history peoples it, just as memories connect you to place. This is why road trips are such a feature of Anglophone, Québécois and Indigenous writing in Canada, allowing the travelers to claim, at least symbolically, the terrain they have traversed.

It is the intersection of history and geography that makes a journey so significant, nourishing a sense of place or revealing the lack of it. Examining the road trips undertaken therefore tells us much about the specific interests of the three general groups at the centre of this study. Their desire, and, in some cases, necessity to travel, the traveling companions and destinations they choose, and the histories they create on the land they are covering are indicative of their particular sense of place and nationhood within the country.

In order to demonstrate this phenomenon, the book examines works by a variety of Anglophone, Québécois and Indigenous writers, including Gilles Archambault, Jeannette Armstrong, Jill Frayne, Tomson Highway, Linda Hogan, Scott Gardiner, Claude Jasmin, Robert Kroetsch, Lee Maracle, Jacques Poulin, Aritha van Herk and Paul Villeneuve. A comparative approach to literatures in Canada is the logical continuation of postcolonial studies in that it reveals the intricacies and specificities of various communities, contributing to a more complete understanding of multiple national collectivities. It also offers an important counternarrative to transnational studies.

Author Bio

Heather Macfarlane est professeure adjointe à l’Université Queen’s, où elle est y enseigne les littératures canadienne et autochtones. Parmi ses publications, on compte une anthologie d’oeuvres critiques sur les littératures autochtones, ainsi que des articles sur la littérature canadienne, tant en français qu’en anglais.