A History of Canadian Literature by W. H. New (auth.)

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Walker, Vetch, and Nicholson Resolved one morning to raise two armies. Oh, what a job they had on their hands! ) To the same event, Fran<;ois Mariauchau d'Esgly (c. 167~1730) tried his hand at the mock epic catalogue, while Joseph de la Colombiere (1651-1723) resoundingly attributed the French victory to the intervention of the Mother of God. Their writings declare the public response to the British and also suggest the extent to which the 36 entire community employed literature as a weapon of cultural defence.

Even in the seventeenth century a belief in monsters and humanoids persisted (as it perhaps persists today, in the stories of the Loch Ness Monster and the Yeti, or their Canadian equivalents Ogopogo and the Sasquatch). The German geographer Levinus Hulsius (d. 1606) produced in 1623 an engraving of 'blemmyae', men with their heads in their chests; Le mercure galant reported in 1683 that literal half-men (men with only one leg and one foot) lived in the Arctic. The belief in monsters coalesced with a belief in demons: a Giacomo Castaldi (fl.

There were outposts and colonies instead, and the distance of these places and the people in them from the centres of empire to which they felt connected left its mark upon their writing. Many literary efforts were formal imitations; whether able or amateur, they reflected what was understood to be (or at least to have been) fashionable elsewhere- in Paris, London, or later Boston and Philadelphia. Some were expressions of exile - songs, plaints, descriptions of loss. The dominant literary forms of the period were loosely reportorial in mode - journals, letters, chronicles, documentary records- all of them designed to send impressions from the edge of civilisation to an authority who stayed back home.

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