Animals in Literature Criticism: Animals In Canadian Literature - Essay

Criticism: Animals In Canadian Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Nature Writers and the Animal Story,” in Literary History of Canada: Canadian Literature in English, Vol. I, revised edition, edited by Carl F. Klinck and others, University of Toronto Press, 1976, pp. 380-404.

[In the following essay, Lucas presents an overview of Canadian literature featuring animals and nature themes.]

Nature writing is a comparatively recent literary development. Yet its roots lie deep in folklore, the Bible, and the myths, fables, and pastorals of Ancient Greece, for man has always been concerned with his relationship to the natural world. For the Jew of the Old Testament it manifested the power of the Deity and revealed His purpose....

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