The "Indian," the "Other" in the Canadian Quest for Identity

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dc.contributor.author Bridgeman, Joan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-12T14:31:51Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-12T14:31:51Z
dc.date.issued 1981-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10680/31
dc.description.abstract “The 'Indian,' the 'Other' in the Canadian Quest for Identity” focuses on four prairie novels of the 1970's to examine the relation of literature to a nation's identity. By looking at the way the authors use Indian characters and the myths of the place to connect with the “Wholly Other,” the thesis suggests that some modern novelists see the necessity of learning from Indian characters both the shamanic metaphor—that man must learn to divine the mysteries of life and death—and the Metis metaphor—that we must learn to mix the ancestral presences we bring with us with those we find in the place—in order to re-establish contact with the spirit of the place, the collective unconscious, the sacred “Wholly Other” within and without. In Gone Indian Robert Kroetsch sets up a dialectic in which the young quester disproves his advisor's inexorably tragic world view by following guides across the frontier of consciousness to overcome his fear of life and death. W. O. Mitchell has his protagonist in The Vanishing Point learn from the reserve, the Indians, and the trickster characters to reject his civilized rational death-in-life and to participate once again in the dance of the living whole. In The Temptation of Big Bear Rudy Wiebe's attempt to “let the land speak” through an imaginative re-creation of the spirit of Big Bear is qualified by the author's allusive method which subsumes the spirit of Great Parent of Bear to the Christian “Wholly Other.” Finally, in The Diviners, Margaret Laurence's heroine overcomes her modern anxiety about life and death by cognizing and recognizing her connections to the on-going cosmic process. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Winnipeg en_US
dc.subject "Indian", novel en_US
dc.subject Canadian identity en_US
dc.subject Canadian literature en_US
dc.subject "Gone Indian", novel en_US
dc.subject Robert Kroetsch en_US
dc.subject "The Vanishing Point", novel en_US
dc.subject W. O. Mitchell en_US
dc.subject "The Temptation of Big Bear", novel en_US
dc.subject Rudy Wiebe en_US
dc.subject The Diviners en_US
dc.subject Margaret Laurence en_US
dc.title The "Indian," the "Other" in the Canadian Quest for Identity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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