Making It Home

Making It Home

Place in Canadian Prairie Literature

Book - 1998
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Traditional approaches to Prairie literature have focussed on the significance of ""the land"" in attempts to make a place into a home. The emphasis on the importance of landscape as a defining feature ignores the important roles played by other influences brought to the land such as history, culture, gender, ethnicity, religion, community, family, and occupation. Deborah Keahey considers over 70 years of Canadian Prairie literature, including poetry, autobiography, drama, and fiction. The 17 writers range from the well-established, like Martha Ostenso and Robert Kroetsch, to newer writers, like Ian Ross and Kelly Rebar.

Through their works, she asks whether the Prairies are a physical or a political creation, whether ""home"" is made by what you bring with you, or what you find when you arrive, and she incorporates the influences and effects far beyond landscape to understand what guides the ""home-making"" process of both the writers and their creations. Her study acknowledges that ""home"" is a complicated concept, and making a place into a home place is a complicated process.

Informed by current linguistic, feminist, postcolonial, and cultural theory, Keahey explores these concepts in depth and redefines our understanding of place, home, and the relationship between them.
Publisher: Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, c1998.
ISBN: 9780887556562
Branch Call Number: 819.0931712 Keahe
819/.09/32/712/Keahe 3588mb 1
Characteristics: xiv, 178 p.


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