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ERIC Number: EJ842753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Envoicing Silent Objects: Art and Literature at the Site of the Canadian Landscape
Brock, Richard
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v13 n2 p50-61 2008
In this article, the author examines some of the ways in which art and literature converge upon the site of the Canadian landscape, generating an "ekphrastic" conception of place which reminds everyone constantly that every framed, static view of a landscape represents a story house, a repository of narratives concerning all those peoples who have inhabited this place, interacted with it, or claimed it as their own. To this end, the author seeks first to explore some of the narratives consigned to this repository, and then to consider how they are accessed, opened up and reconfigured in one specific literary work: Margaret Atwood's complex short story "Death by Landscape," from her 1991 collection "Wilderness Tips." Two principles guide the author in his exploration. The first is the notion of "counter-discourse," a term used in postcolonial theory to describe an engagement with a colonialist text by a postcolonial writer. The second is the notion of "ekphrasis," a term that refers to the literary description of visual art objects. The notion of ekphrasis is necessary in this context because of the overwhelmingly linguistic focus of postcolonial theories of discourse and counter-discourse. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada