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date: 16 July 2019

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Many Canadian writers have called the coast of British Columbia their home, and have made it a literary subject and setting. But the nature of a literary region is intricate and often puzzling; the region may be said to be constituted not only by authors and their works but also by a manner of reading. Although it is possible to discern patterns among literary encounters with places, the appearance of order may prove evanescent. The literature of the West Coast is characterized by breadth, diversity, and contradiction. Like the region itself, it teaches and sings of borders and crossings, and of familiarity and strangeness. The Canadian Pacific, profoundly multicultural and multilingual, is shaped by distinctive geographical features and by meetings of Indigenous and colonial traditions.

Keywords: West Coast, British Columbia, Indigenous, geography, borders, Canadian Pacific

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