To live somewhere else : migration and cultural identity in Alistair MacLeod's fiction

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dc.contributor.advisor MacKinnon, Kenneth, 1933-
dc.creator Finnigan, Mary Frances 2011-05-09T12:32:46Z 2011-05-09T12:32:46Z 1996
dc.identifier.other PS8575 L462 F655 1996
dc.description [iii], 127 leaves ; 28 cm.
dc.description 'May 1996.'
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 126-127).
dc.description.abstract As an interdisciplinary effort, this thesis will supplement its primary commitment to literary analysis with discussion of Alistair MacLeod's interpretation of the occupational culture of Western Cape Breton Island, including twentieth century fluctuations in the strength of the Scots-Gaelic community there. MacLeod is committed to an honest presentation of the occupational past and present, but moreover, he is an interpreter of the Scots-Gaelic identity, its persistence, and the subtle adaptations to change that create simultaneously a link to the past and a crisis in continuity. A discussion of his body of work as a whole provides the opportunity to examine his efforts at the development of a sustained ethnic character or range of characteristics that surface and resurface within individual stories. The consistencies that occur among a range of his characters contribute to a profound cultural identity whose roots lie in the Highland Scots past and emigrations to North America, and whose twentieth century struggles are subject to the waning population of its isolated communities. MacLeod not only records individual experience but traces collective cultural consciousness and identity through character. MacLeod seems to pursue the essence of this culture. The manner in which it is manifested within individual identity is the central element of this discussion.
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dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc PS8575.L462
dc.subject.lcsh MacLeod, Alistair -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Culture conflict in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Canadian literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Landscapes in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Travel in literature
dc.title To live somewhere else : migration and cultural identity in Alistair MacLeod's fiction
dc.type Text Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies Masters Atlantic Canada Studies Program Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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