From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood: Children's Literature and by Elizabeth Galway

By Elizabeth Galway

As Canada got here to phrases with its function as an autonomous state following Confederation in 1867, there has been a decision for a literary voice to specific the wishes and wishes of a brand new nation. Children’s literature used to be one of many ability in which this new voice came across expression. obvious as a device for either pleasing and teaching childrens, this fabric is usually openly propagandistic and nationalistic, and addresses the various key political, monetary, and social matters of Canada because it struggled to keep up nationwide cohesion in this time. From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood experiences a wide number of children’s literature written in English among 1867 and 1911, revealing a special curiosity in questions of nationwide team spirit and identification between children’s writers of the day and exploring the effect of yank and British authors at the shaping of Canadian identification. The visions of Canada expressed during this fabric are frequently in pageant with each other, yet jointly they light up the country’s makes an attempt to outline itself and its relation to the area outdoors its borders.

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One such American writer is Jack London. Born and raised in California, London spent part of 1897 and 1898 in the Yukon and saw unique characteristics in Canada and its landscape. The first chapter of The Call of the Wild details the arrival of the story’s canine hero Buck into the Canadian north. The Canadian locale is central to this story and spells trouble for Buck: “Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing. . Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and .

Yet each of these authors illustrates the difficulty that exists in defining such nineteenth-century writers as either Canadian or British. In effect, writers such as Traill exemplify the dual perspective that characterises much of Canadian writing. In articulating the immigrant experience, these writers encompass the perspective of both the Canadian insider and the European onlooker. Just as the perception of Canadian society varies in these nineteenth-century texts, so too does the treatment which British characters receive.

Chapter Two Forest, Prairie, Sea, and Mountain: Canadian Regionalism In addition to the impact foreign literature had on Canada’s self-image, Canadian regionalism also had serious implications for the Canadian national identity. The strong centralist perspective in Canada and the concentration of publishing houses in Ontario and Quebec influenced the nation’s literature. As the western areas of the country came to be settled and developed, the sense of what constituted Canadian nationhood changed in accordance with the growing-pains experienced in the provinces of Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

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