This book explores environmental issues in Canada employing an interdisciplinary approach. It adopts several reading frameworks, encompassing the fields of literature, ecocriticism, linguistics, tourism, social sciences, architecture and geography. It investigates the keyword ‘green’ from a multiplicity of perspectives, including the voice of Cree writer Louise B. Halfe/Sky Dancer. Thus, green should be seen as one of the main symbolic colours which define contemporary Canadian identity.
Its six sections address intertwined issues such as the preservation and annihilation of the green landscape, the re-rooting of indigenous worldviews, the impact of Italian rural traditions in urban Canada, the influence of contemporary literary landscapes, the language of green in tourism and linguistics. At the end of the volume, Margaret Atwood’s recent writings are considered as playing a crucial role in the new consciousness of green Canada.
Green Dimensions. A Phenomenology of Green Spaces in Mavis Gallant’s Fiction
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A Phenomenology of Green Spaces in Mavis Gallant’s Fiction
Should one refer to Mavis Gallant as a writer overtly concerned with green, i.e. with nature and wilderness, it would seem rather unusual for those who know her work. She has never been consciously associated with environmental activism and proselytisation. Yet, it would be incorrect to say that Mavis Gallant does not care for nature and for its potential cultural and metaphorical implications: indeed, green is always mentioned in her work in connection with place,1 but with different undertones if compared to other Canadian writers, such as Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.
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