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      The Hauntings of Canada in Michael Crummey’s Sweetland

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          In Michael Crummey’s novel Sweetland (2014), which belongs to the genre of Canadian Gothic, ghosts function as warnings and reminders on a broader cultural and national level. The article analyzes different kinds of hauntings in the novel to show how they emphasize the notions of belonging to a local community and specific location, to alert to the disappearance of the traditional ways of life and the importance of cultural memory for the survival of a comprehensive and diversified Canadian identity. The hauntings include: ‘typical’ ghosts haunting individual characters; workings of capital and national consolidation, which are shown haunting the local community (serving as a synecdoche of the Newfoundland region); hauntings of disappeared local communities in the impersonal national construct of Canadian culture (cultural mosaic); hauntings which emphasize notions of belonging to and emplacement into Canada’s Atlantic region; the haunting of the unrecordable quality of lived experience in such a community; and the inevitability of the book to be a record of absence as well as warning of that absence. The article discusses and postulates hauntings as a strategy of resistance against historical amnesia, but also as testaments to belonging.

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                Journal
                Ljcs
                London Journal of Canadian Studies
                London Journal of Canadian Studies
                UCL Press
                0267-2200
                2397-0928
                14 November 2018
                14 November 2018
                : 33
                : 6
                : 77-93 (pp. 77-93)
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ]University of Zagreb, Croatia
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                [ * ]Correspondence: vpolic@ 123456ffzg.hr
                Article
                10.14324/111.444.ljcs.2018v33.006
                Copyright © 2018 The Author(s).

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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