On: Margaret Atwood's Surfacing Academic blogs:
Atwood's Surfacing
Coetzee's Disgrace
T. S. Eliot's Prufrock

     America

       America is often commented on during the novel, and mostly in pejorative terms. In the same way that 'the city' is the 'anti-nature', America is the 'anti-Canada'. In other words, Canada is a peace-loving space with an affinity for nature and encouraging of personal spiritual development; America is consumer-driven, colonising and, in total, a threat to the milder Canadian way of living. Such is the view of the Narrator, the group, and possibly the whole text.
      

       Unpacking Some Examples:


      


      

1. Introduction
       To the students
2. The Techniques
       Narrative Position
       Narrative Structure
       Speech
       Intertextuality
       Parataxis as Metaphor
3. The Tensions
       [Spiritual] Journey
       Language as theme
       America
       Modernity
       Garden vs. Wilderness
4. Chapter Discussions
       Chapter One
       Chapter Two
       Chapter Three
       Chapter Four
5. The Other Characters
       David
       Anna
       Joe

6. Wider Reading
       Academic books
       Online

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Richard Cheadle, Hemsted House, Benenden School, Nr. Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 4AA.