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date: 21 July 2019

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This chapter asks whether it is still relevant to think of Canadian prairie literature in a regional context. It suggests that the critical focus should be rethought to provide a more inclusive view of writing by women, writing about colonial relationships and traditional practices by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal authors, and writing that includes diverse representations of regional landscapes. Re-evaluating this regional literary history may facilitate the development of a new, more flexible genealogy that is not located in one particular historical moment or mode of expression, and that can expand to admit members of diverse communities. Ultimately, the chapter argues that the “prairie” label is still relevant, as today’s writing from the region is not only moving into new creative areas, but also remains deeply connected to the area’s literary and historical pasts.

Keywords: Canadian prairie literature, regional literary history, writing by women, colonial relationships, Aboriginal authors, regional landscapes

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