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Setting in the East: Maritime Realist Fiction

by David Creelman

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In "Setting in the East", David Creelman examines the works of Maritime writers between 1920 and 2000 and traces the ways these fictions have been shaped by the region's history and culture. He shows that realism arrived comparatively late to the Maritime provinces and argues that the emergence of a realist style corresponded with a dramatic period of economic and cultural disruption during which the Eastern provinces were transformed from one Canada's most developed, prosperous, and promising regions into one characterized by chronic underemployment and underdevelopment. The region is thus torn between its memory of an earlier, more traditional social order and its present experience as a modern industrial society. These tensions are embedded in the Maritime character and have affected not only the lives of its people but the imaginations and texts of its writers. The stories of Thomas Raddall, Hugh MacLennan, Charles Bruce, Ernest Buckler, Alden Nowlan, Alistair MacLeod, Donna Smyth, Budge Wilson, and David Adams Richards have been deeply influenced by the cultural shifts they have observed. In the last two decades a host of new literary voices has emerged, and Creelman also explores the works of such writers as Ann-Marie MacDonald, Lynn Coady, Nancy Bauer, Deborah Joy Corey, Carol Bruneau, Alan Wilson, Leo McKay, and Sheldon Currie. He shows that these Maritime artists share a common regional identity that shapes their narratives as they find their own paths through the tensions which envelop them.

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"In Setting in the East David Creelman examines the works of Maritime writers between 1920 and 2000 and traces the way Maritime fiction has been shaped by the region's history and culture. The emergence of a realist style in Maritime fiction corresponded with a dramatic period of economic and cultural disruption during which the Maritime provinces were transformed from one of Canada's most developed, prosperous, and promising regions into one characterized by chronic underemployment and underdevelopment. The Maritime region is thus torn between its memory of an earlier, more prosperous and traditional social order and its present experience as a less fortunate modern industrial society. These tensions are embedded in the Maritime character and have affected not only the lives of its people but the imaginations and texts of its writers."--Jacket.… (more)

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