History, Myth, and Time in Robert Kroetsch's Badlands

Authors

  • Arnold E. Davidson

Abstract

The field notes of the character of Dawe in Robert Kroetsch's Badlands are not, properly, field notes at all, but rather are a way to mythologize himself as a hero. Kroetsch's suggestion is that the real maker and keeper of history is the artist, not the scientist (or, at least, not this particular scientist). The two principal settings -- river and desert -- imply the continuity of time, as well as constantly inverted notions of life and death: the river and the desert both sustain as well as kill.

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Published

1980-01-01

How to Cite

Davidson, A. E. (1980). History, Myth, and Time in Robert Kroetsch’s Badlands. Studies in Canadian Literature, 5(1). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/SCL/article/view/7939

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Notes and Commentaries