The Penelope Project (Directed by Dr. Eva Darias-Beautell)

“Penelope’s Embroidery: Literary Tradition, Cultural Identities and Theoretical Discourses in the Anglo-Canadian Fiction of the Late 20th Century”

(International Research Project on Contemporary Canadian Literature)

El bordado de Penélope: tradición literaria, identidades culturales y discursos teóricos en la narrativa anglocanadiense de finales del siglo XX”

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PROYECTO DE INVESTIGACIÓN DEL MINISTERIO DE EDUCACIÓN Y CIENCIA.
CÓDIGO: HUM2006-09288FIL
2007-2009

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION

This research project will offer a detailed study of the cultural and literary context and the narrative texts in English of the last quarter of the 20th century in Canada. It has as starting point the nationalist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, when the supposed absence or weakness of a national sense becomes the touchstone for official discourses about the cultural identity of the country. At the time, that type of metaphor provides the country with the distinctive elements it is looking for, contributing thus to the creation of a sense of tradition that has survived to the present. In the following decades, however, artists and writers have repeatedly questioned such a model of the national identity, introducing alternative perspectives. Critics and writers in the fields of multiculturalism, environmentalism, (neo)regionalism, feminism or postcolonialism have revised and rewritten that notion of tradition, still fragile and in need of articulation. We could, in fact, suggest that the artistic and cultural flowering we are now experiencing in Canada at the beginning of the 21st century is, to a great extent, based on the dismantlement, from the above perspectives, of the few images constructed only 30 years ago to represent the nation. Read more.