The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature
A non fiction book by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood's witty and informative book focuses on the imaginative mystique of the wilderness of the Canadian North. She discusses the 'Grey Owl Syndrome' of white writers going native; the folklore arising from the mysterious-- and disastrous -- Franklin expedition of the nineteenth century; the myth of the dreaded snow monster, the Wendigo; the relations between nature writing and new forms of Gothic; and how a fresh generation of women writers in Canada have adapted the imaginery of the Canadian North for the exploration of contemporary themes of gender, the family and sexuality. Writers discussed include Robert Service, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro E.J. Pratt, Marian Engel, Margaret Laurence, and Gwendolyn MacEwan. Originally delivered in Margaret Atwood's unique style as the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University, this superbly written and compelling portrait of the mysterious North is at once a fascinating insight into the Canadian imagination, and an exciting new work from an outstanding literary presence.
Used availability for Margaret Atwood's Strange Things
October 1995 : UK Hardback
March 2004 : UK Paperback
October 1997 : UK Paperback
October 2009 : Australia, UK Kindle edition