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Upsetting Fake Ideas: Jeannette Armstrong's Slash and Beatrice Culleton's April Raintree

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dc.contributor.author Fee, Margery
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-05
dc.date.available 2009-08-05
dc.date.issued 1990
dc.identifier.citation Margery Fee. "Upsetting Fake Ideas: Jeannette Armstrong's Slash and Beatrice Culleton's April Raintree." Canadian Literature 124-25 (1990): 168-80. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/11685
dc.description.abstract Both novels expose the "fake idea" that Aboriginal people in Canada can freely choose their identities. The dominant discourse forces a choice on them: assimilate or vanish. Those who refuse the choice face harsh racism. In April Raintree, April assimilates and her sister commits suicide; both "choices" forced on them by racism. In Slash, the hero realizes that it is crucial to retain his identity as an Okanagan person rather than to exhaust himself as an activist. Both novels end with a baby who will be raised in the traditions of his culture. Activism is seen as a dangerous choice for those too young to understand their identity. en
dc.format.extent 301752 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Canadian Literature en
dc.subject Aboriginal literature en
dc.subject stereotypes of "the Indian" en
dc.subject activism en
dc.subject American Indian Movement en
dc.subject foster homes en
dc.subject "Sixties Scoop" en
dc.title Upsetting Fake Ideas: Jeannette Armstrong's Slash and Beatrice Culleton's April Raintree en
dc.type text en
dc.type.text article en
dc.description.affiliation English, Dept of en
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer-Reviewed en
dc.rights.copyright Margery Fee en


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