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Narrating North American Borderlands

Thomas King, Howard F. Mosher and Jim Lynch


Evelyn P. Mayer

The study centers on the presentation of the North American borderlands in the works of Canadian Native writer Thomas King’s Truth & Bright Water (1999), American writer Howard Frank Mosher’s On Kingdom Mountain (2007), and American writer Jim Lynch’s Border Songs (2009). The three authors describe the peoples and places in the northeastern, middle and northwestern border regions of the USA and Canada. The novels address important border-oriented aspects such as indigeneity, the borderlands as historic territory and as utopian space, border crossing and transcendence, post-9/11 security issues, social interaction along the border, and gender specifics. The interpretation also examines the meaning of border imaginaries, border conceptualizations, and the theme of resistance and subversion.
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illustration: Quilt A Metolius Meander, photo printed with kind permission of Tonye Belinda Phillips D 77 ISSN 1437-5281 ISBN 978-3-631-65322-7 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04497-3 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-653-98354-8 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-653-98353-1 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/ 978-3-653-04497-3 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2014 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This publication has been peer reviewed. “[…] looking beyond the nation’s borders, and understanding how the nation is seen from vantage points beyond its borders” Shelley Fisher Fishkin (“Crossroads” 20) “Drawing/Erasing the Border” (2006), by Lorraine Trecroce.

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