Susan McCaslin's "Just an Ordinary Woman"
This paper discusses Susan McCaslin's poem "Just an Ordinary Woman" as an example of the British Columbian mystical tradition.
# 104255 | 1,205 words | 7 sources | APA | 2008 |
Published on Jun 06, 2008 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Canadian) , Canadian Studies (History, Culture)
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This paper explain that Susan McCaslin's "Just an Ordinary Woman" is a lucid, brief poem, which communicates the mystery of a new birth far from a 21st century postmodern hospital. The author describes that British Columbia has long been an ideal location for creative, mystic writers because of its distinctive atmosphere created by the ocean coastline and mountains. The paper concludes that McCaslin's writings reflect the British Columbia's cultural legacy of mysticism, which is not found as often in writers from other areas of Canada.
From the Paper:"To a large extent, people in British Columbia who were given to the arts and letters had to promote their own opportunities, so that through the 19th century, a number of private presses and newsletters were appearing. Since many people lived in remote out-stations, books when of interest to them could be very much valued with some early philanthropy addressing small public library facilities for smaller interior and coastal communities, a point explained in an article of the 1940s that discussed matters of books and libraries in British Columbia in the early colonial period."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Cole, Douglas. (1989). The Intellectual and Imaginative Development of British Columbia. Journal of Canadian Studies. 24: 70-79.
- Lillard, Charles. (1978). Daylight in the Swamp - a Guide to the West Coast Renaissance. Malahat Review. 45: 319-340.
- McCaslin, Susan. (2004). A Plot of Light. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan Books.
- Pritchard, Allan. (1982). West of the Great Divide - a View of the Literature of British Columbia. Canadian Literature. 94: 96-112.
- The Federation of British Columbia Writers Report. (2007). Vancouver: FBCW.
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