The Arbutus/Madrone Files: Reading the Pacific Northwest

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NeWest Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 239 pages

The first book-length commentary on twentieth-century Pacific Northwest writing, The Arbutus / Madrone Files explores the dynamics of the Pacific Northwest. Laurie Ricou’s meditations are dropped into thirteen files—such as, the "Island File," the "Salmon File," and inevitably, the "Rain File." Resonant quotations, poetry, song lyrics, and art from the region enhance Ricou’s own readings, which move from an academic perspective on the narratives of bio-region toward more personal reflections on home and the local.

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About the author (2002)

Laurie Ricou is a Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is a former president of the Western Literature Association, and currently edits Canadian Literature. His previous publications include Vertical Man/Horizontal World: Man and Landscape in Canadian Prairie Fiction (0-7748-0023-2), A Field Guide to "A Guide to Dungeness Spit" (0-88982-165-8), and The Arbutus/Madrone Files: Reading the Pacific Northwest (1-896300-43-X). Ricou currently lives in Vancouver, BC.

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