The Bush Garden Analysis

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Conclusion to a Literary History of Canada – Northrop Frye The essay Conclusion to a Literary History of Canada appears as the concluding essay of the book “The Bush Garden: Essays on the Canadian Imagination”- a collection of essays by Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye, published in 1971. The collection was originally published in 1971; it was republished, with an introduction by Canadian postmodern theorist Linda Hutcheon, in 1995. The Bush Garden features analyzes of Canadian poetry, prose fiction and painting. According to Frye's introduction, the essays were selected to provide a composite view of the Canadian imagination, an understanding of the human imagination's reaction to and development in response to the Canadian environment.…show more content…
Also includes writings of foreigners, of travellers, of immigrants & of emigrants (whose most articulate lit. emotion was their thankfulness to get hell out of Canada. * Canadian cultural phenomena- not peculiarly Canadian, but are typical of their wider North American & Western contexts. * Notion of ‘Genius’- “Genius” is as much, and as essentially, a matter of social context as it is of individual character. Lit. is always nourished by something admirable of its social environment (Shakespeare, for eg., wrote during such a time) * Imp. Factors or conditions of Canadian culture - Puritan inhibitions, pioneer life, “an age too late, cold climate, or years”. * Canada has a good environment for authors * Obvious & unquenchable desire of the cultural public to identify itself via its Lit. * Scholarships, prizes, university posts. * Publishers take an active responsibility for the lit. * Books are bought by Canadian readers. * Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) & other media help to employ some writers & publisize…show more content…
218) * The original impetus to Europe- natural tendency to preserve the colonial link. * Southward pull towards the richer & more glamorous American cities - Canada as an unnatural & politically quixotic aggregate of disparate northern extension of American culture. * Canada’s identity is to be found between that of Britain & America. * British influence- Romantic, traditional & idealistic. Canada tends to be more royalist than the Queen. More attracted to it as a symbol of tradition than as a fellow nation. * American influence – Shrewd, observant & humorous. An attitude that a smaller country has to a much larger nation, sharing in its material civilization. * Prob. of Language- Traditional Standard English (of Britain) collides with the need for a North American Vocabulary & phrasing. Question of Identity (Pg.219-20) * Absence of a proper period of settlement, unlike the American society (Which had adequate time to settle after the Colonial period & the Civil war). * Canada has gone through these revolutions too quickly for a tradition of writing to be founded on any of
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