By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide stated Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For a number of centuries, the picture prevailed and was once the single most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada used to be perceived and portrayed as a chilly, challenging, and unforgiving land. this was once now not a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth in simple terms reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening lifestyles itself with its screens of fury. gaining knowledge of its good looks and hidden assets calls for persistence and perseverance. a number of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's point of view, how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the actual essence of Canada, either panorama and cityscape. "Sense of position" is obviously severe within the works tested during this quantity. incorporated one of the book's many matters are Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Lucius O'Brien, the paintings of the Inuit, Lawren Harris, Malcolm Lowry, C.W. Jefferys, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Bishop, Marmaduke Matthews, Antonine Mailet, and the poetry of eastern Canadians.
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Unless he did so, his stories would be set in a vacuum. (1952, 2) MacLennan thus deliberately set out to delineate the geography of Canada for his readers, to give voice to their perceived image of the land, and at the same time to shape their perception of it to his own. W. 4 That he was successful in his self-appointed task is attested to by the immediate and continuing popularity of his early works. In his first novel, Barometer Rising (1941), MacLennan literally wrote Canada into existence in a series of memorable images that extended from the meticulously exact geographical details of Halifax harbour, through the lyrical descriptions of Nova Scotian coasts and villages (a region he obviously knew and loved well), to the sweepingly grand aerial portraits he drew of an entire half-continent.
A post-Confederation vitality in the world of Canadian arts and letters was accompanied by several manifestations of self-conscious chauvinism: the founding of Stewarts' Quarterly, which published the work of Canadian writers; the "Canada First Movement," dedicated to an "Anglo-Saxon consciousness" in Canadian politics and literature; the Toronto Art Students' League calendars depicting scenes from Canadian life; the first exhibition of the Group of Seven in 1920; the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and its publication Lamps (literature, architecture, music, painting, and sculpture); and the formation of the Sculptors' Society of Canada in 1928, with its declared search for subjects of Canadian significance (Coutu 1989; Davis 1986; Osborne 1988; Parker 1985).
1965. " Geographical Journal 131:21-33. 2 Hugh MacLennan: Literary Geographer of a Nation Mari Peepre-Bordessa Hugh MacLennan dared to name the names of my world . . He dared to root his story in the geography of our country . . He was - he is — the novelist as geographer: a man who reads rivers, who reads water . . the cartographer of our dreams, be they social or political or religious or personal. —Robert Kroetch, "Hugh MacLennan" SOpeaking at a conference on Hugh MacLennan, well-known Canadian author Robert Kroetch described how he had found his first role model in MacLennan's early writings.
A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe