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. Ricou's varied meditations on the region are dropped into thirteen files -- for example, the Island File, Salmon File, Woodswords File, Sasquatch File, and inevitably, the Rain File. Throughout, resonant quotations, poetry, song lyrics, and art from the region demonstrate and enhance Ricou's own readings. A long-time student of literary regions, in this work Ricou moves from an academic perspective on the narratives of bio-region toward more personal and lyrical 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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