Table of contents

Table of Contents for
Margaret Laurence Writes Africa and Canada by Laura K. Davis

Introduction: Writing and Region

Part One: Writing About Africa

Chapter One: Conflicts of Culture in The Prophet's Camel Bell and This Side Jordan

Chapter Two: Toward Cross-Cultural Understanding: Margaret Laurence's Africa in The Tomorrow-Tamer and Other Stories

Part Two: Writing About Canada

Chapter Three: Community and the Canadian Nation in The Stone Angel and A Bird in the House

Chapter Four: Narrating Nation in The Diviners

Conclusion: Essays, Letters, and Politics

Works Cited



Examines how Margaret Laurence addresses decolonization and nation building in 1950s Somalia and Ghana, and 1960s and 1970s English Canada. Focusing on Laurence’s published works as well as her unpublished letters, the book articulates how Laurence and her characters are poised between African colonies of occupation during decolonization and the settler-colony of English-Canada during the implementation of Canadian multiculturalism. Laurence’s Canadian characters are often divided subjects who are not quite members of their ancestral “imperial” cultures, yet also not truly “native” to their nation. Margaret Laurence Writes Africa and Canada shows how Laurence and her characters negotiate complex tensions between “self” and “nation,” and argues that Laurence’s African and Canadian writing demonstrates a divided Canadian subject who holds significant implications for both the individual and the country of Canada.