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Divided Highways

Road Narrative and Nationhood in Canada

by Heather Macfarlane

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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.

This book is published in English.

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Cet ouvrage étudie l’existence et la tradition du roman de la route au Canada. La géographie décrit le territoire et l’histoire lui insuffle vie, tout comme les souvenirs sont des points d’attache à un lieu donné. Voilà pourquoi les road trips ont une place privilégiée dans l’écriture d’expression anglaise, française et autochtone du Canada : ils permettent aux voyageurs de revendiquer, du moins symboliquement, le terrain qu’ils ont couvert. C’est l’intersection de l’histoire et de la géographie qui confère toute sa signification à un voyage, qui alimente cet esprit des lieux, ou qui permet d’en constater l’absence.

Les voyages sont révélateurs des intérêts propres aux trois groupes examinés dans le cadre de cette étude. Le désir, et parfois la nécessité, d’entreprendre un voyage, les compagnons de voyage ainsi que les destinations, de même que l’histoire qui s’écrit au fil des distances parcourues sont autant d’indicateurs de cette notion de l’espace et du concept de nation au sein du pays. 

Pour illustrer ce phénomène, ce livre examine des oeuvres littéraires d’une gamme d’écrivains anglophones, québécois et autochtones, dont Gilles Archambault, Jeannette Armstrong, Jill Frayne, Tomson Highway, Linda Hogan, Scott Gardiner, Claude Jasmin, Robert Kroetsch, Lee Maracle, Jacques Poulin, Aritha van Herk et Paul Villeneuve. L’approche comparative aux littératures du Canada est le prolongement logique aux études postcoloniales dans la mesure où elle révèle les complexités de même que les spécificités de diverses communautés, contribuant ainsi à une meilleure compréhension de collectivités nationales. Elle propose, en outre, des histoires qui font le contrepoids aux études transnationales.

Ce livre est publié en anglais.

About the Author
Heather Macfarlane is Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University and teaches Canadian and Indigenous Literatures. Her publications include an anthology of critical works on Indigenous literatures, and papers on literature produced in Canada in both English and French.
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Heather Macfarlane is Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University and teaches Canadian and Indigenous Literatures. Her publications include an anthology of critical works on Indigenous literatures and articles on literature produced in Canada in both English and French.

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