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Imagining the Canadian Agrarian Landscape: Prairie Settler Life Writing as Colonial Discourse

Shirley Ann McDonald



Focusing on southern Alberta, my paper discusses the power of settler life writing to replace Indigenous conceptions of the prairies with colonial visions. Pioneer memoirs promote myths of the prairie as a fertile utopian environment or as a hostile frontier. By accentuating their labour and their social status, pioneer life writers support their claims of entitlement to colonize land.



prairie settlers, settler narratives, settlement myths, frontier, agrarian utopia

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The Johns Hopkins University Press

ISSN: 1920-1222

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