Getting home from work: narrating settler home In British Columbia's small resource communities

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dc.contributor.author Keane, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-04T21:23:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-01-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7729
dc.description.abstract Stories of home do more than contribute to a culture that creates multiple ways of seeing a place: they also claim that the represented people and their shared values belong in place; that is, they claim land. Narrators of post-war B.C. resource communities create narratives that support residents’ presence although their employment, which impoverishes First Nations people and destroys ecosystems, runs counter to contemporary national constructions of Canada as a tolerant and environmentalist community. As the first two chapters show, neither narratives of nomadic early workers nor those of contemporary town residents represent values that support contemporary settler communities’ claims to be at home, as such stories associate resource work with opportunism, environmental damage, race- and gender-based oppression, and social chaos. Settler residents and the (essentially liberal) values that make them the best people for the land are represented instead through three groups of alternate stories, explored in Chapters 3-5: narratives of homesteading families extending the structure of a “good” colonial project through land development and trade; narratives of contemporary farmers who reject the legacy of the colonial project by participating in a sustainable local economy in harmony with local First Nations and the land; and narratives of direct supernatural connection to place, where the land uses the settler (often an artist or writer) as a medium to guide people to meet its (the land’s) needs. All three narratives reproduce the core idea that the best “work” makes the most secure claim to home, leading resource communities to define themselves in defiance of heir industries. Authors studied include Jack Hodgins, Anne Cameron, Susan Dobbie, Patrick Lane, Gail Anderson-Dargatz,D.W. Wilson, Harold Rhenisch, M.Wylie Blanchet, Susan Juby, and Howard White. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Canadian Literature en_US
dc.subject Jack Hodgins en_US
dc.subject Anne Cameron en_US
dc.subject Gail Anderson Dargatz en_US
dc.subject Home en_US
dc.subject Place en_US
dc.subject Patrick Lane en_US
dc.subject D.W. Wilson en_US
dc.subject Logging Poetry en_US
dc.subject Resource Towns en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.subject Susan Dobbie en_US
dc.subject Howard White en_US
dc.subject M.Wylie Blanchet en_US
dc.subject George Bowering en_US
dc.subject Alan Pritchard en_US
dc.subject Laurie Ricou en_US
dc.subject Eva Mackey en_US
dc.subject Elizabeth Furniss en_US
dc.subject British Columbian mill towns en_US
dc.subject British Columbian Mining Towns en_US
dc.subject British Columbian Literature en_US
dc.subject colonialism en_US
dc.subject Susan Juby en_US
dc.subject Jack Mould en_US
dc.subject Ian McKay en_US
dc.subject Harold Rhenisch en_US
dc.title Getting home from work: narrating settler home In British Columbia's small resource communities en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Dean, Misao
dc.degree.department Department of English en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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