Byrna Barclay's "Out-Wandering Women" in <em>The Livelong Quartet: </em> New Directions in Canadian Ethnic Fiction

  • Beverly Rasporich University of Calgary


Drawing upon her Swedish cultural traditions, Byrna Barclay, in her trilogy of novels, The Livelong Quartet: Summer of the Hungry Pup, The Last Echo, Winter of the White Wolf ,rewrites the epic and the Scandinavian saga tradition as female-centred immigrant odyssey. Her heroines are outwandering skalds of female genealogy and tribe who become indigenous to the Canadian Prairies through aboriginal inspiration. As ethnic and female fiction, the trilogy is expressive of postmodern culture. It is also an ethnofictive reflection of the new Canadian pluralistic nationalism.
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