Mapping Canadian Cultural Space
Danielle Schaub (ed.), Mapping Canadian Cultural Space, Essays on Canadian Literature, 2000
This collection of essays by scholars from Canada, Croatia, India, Italy and Israel maps an important aspect of Canadian culture by exploring the inherent relation between space and questions of subjectivity. Location at first stood out in Canadian literature because survival depended on control of the land; today owing to the technological advances that have eased human exploitation of the ground and its resources, and to some extent enhanced protection against adverse climatic conditions, the preoccupation with space has shifted to incorporate other realities.
The essays examine a variety of literary texts by writers from different origins – whether old-timers or newcomers – all aiming at contextualizing subjecthood. The critics exploit feminist, philosophical, or postcolonial approaches to investigate the subject. Highlighting the multiplicity of perspectives characterizing Canadian society, this volume will prove useful to students and researchers of Canadian literature, Comparative Literature, Human Geography, the Social Sciences and Women Studies.