Elspeth Cameron (essay date 1977-1978)
SOURCE: Cameron, Elspeth. “Midsummer Madness: Marian Engel's Bear.” Journal of Canadian Fiction, no. 21 (1977-1978): 83-94.
[In the following essay, Cameron argues that the protagonist of Bear escapes alienation and “hibernation” by coming together with nature.]
“In this country, she thought, we have winter lives and summer lives of completely different quality.”1 Marian Engel's Bear presents the “summer life” of one Lou, a Toronto archivist, who goes to northern Ontario on a research assignment. The “winter life” Lou leaves resembles that of a hibernating animal as, mole-like, she digs among the maps and manuscripts...
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