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‘The theme of World War I, of survival and victory of Canadian soldiers in the trenches of Europe, is a central and nation-building element in many 20th-century Canadian literary texts.
In this talk, I will have a look at the views that (especially Western) Canadian writers – some surviving combatants, but mostly late 20th-century novelists and dramatists such as Margaret Laurence, Robert Kroetsch, Jack Hodgins and Vern Thiessen – present of the Great War. I wonder if there is a special way in which Western Canadian writers respond to the Great War that differs from the views held by those in Central Canada and the Maritimes. Are their memories different from those of Eastern Canadians and those of the less complicated muscular Christianity presented immediately after the war by patriots such as the Winnipeg minister and novelist Ralph Connor, whose dying hero calls upon his comrades to “carry on”?’
Wednesday 22nd March. 1pm, John Tomlinson Suite (Skinner Building)
For further information, please contact Dr W. Jack Rhoden (Lecturer in History): Wilfred.email@example.com