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Or they could, whether consciously or not, adapt their art to their own place and time, devise methods of telling their own stories, and develop an eclectic culture of their own. 2 Reporters: literature to 1867 Backgrounds Tracing Canadian literature from the beginnings through to 1867 requires the reader to think along two political planes: one observing writers sequentially against a set of events, the other observing written works as formal embodiments of separate attitudes and expectations.

Settlement In the various settlements, people's desire for reform in the political structure was secondary to their need to deal with more basic questions: fire, hunger, weather, the needs and niceties of neighbourhood, all of which frequently get ignored in the quest for grander explanations of political events. In large part the history of Canada is a history of imagination, incompetence, faction, affection, prejudice, faith, industry, child labour, sport, slavery, food, unions, childbirth and epidemic: all affected literary endeavour, which was itself a feature of settlement.

2 Reporters: literature to 1867 Backgrounds Tracing Canadian literature from the beginnings through to 1867 requires the reader to think along two political planes: one observing writers sequentially against a set of events, the other observing written works as formal embodiments of separate attitudes and expectations. The terminus date 1867 illustrates the distinction; it is a year not of great publications but of political Confederation- an event which would not immediately transform literature but which would entirely change the political context within which colonial and subsequently Canadian writers wrote.

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