Hitting Home: (Mis)re/presenting Canada Abroad
As a French Canadian (and now an Australian) who has travelled through some forty countries, and who has had the opportunity of teaching in a small number of these, I find that I have spent much of my life thinking about identity and re/presentation. That I don't have better conclusions to offer after this rather grandiose journey says more about my limitations as a thinker than about the passion of my struggles. Moreover, as a creative writer, who has spent a fair bit of effort writing about the untranslatability of experience-about the incommensurability of languages, cultures, landscapes-you would think that I would have pretty much made up my mind about where I stand. The problem is, however, that the more we think about these issues, the more tenuous the ground we stand on becomes. The more we push towards certainties, the more inconclusive we appear.
This Article is published by the Institute of Correspondence Courses, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Trivandrum, as a Special Number on Canadian Literature in Littcrit
Turcotte, G. (2002). Hitting home: (Mis)re/presenting Canada abroad. Littcrit, 18 (1), 5-9.