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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter takes a twofold approach to understanding how “region” has been inscribed in Atlantic-Canadian literature. First, it isolates some of the dominant imaginative expressions of region. Those evince elemental conditions of landscape and work, and are especially evident in the placed-based mythologies of the Confederation poets and those who followed them. Second, it considers the interpretations of region in the criticism of the literature, examining how intellectual workers have perceived the address of region in the imaginative work of Atlantic-Canadian authors. The chapter, then, follows the various ways that “region” and “regionalism” have been inscribed in the critical and imaginative works of Atlantic-Canadian writers. What it reveals is that “region” is more a point of contestation than agreement, and that, far from being reified in the literature, “region” continues to be the ground for negotiating the area’s relationships with powerful federations of empire, commonwealth, and nation.

Keywords: Atlantic-Canadian, Atlantic-Canadian literature, region, regionalism, Confederation, commonwealth

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