By Denis N. Magnusson, Daniel A. Soberman, William R. Lederman, Queen's University
Patrick Monahan (Osgoode corridor) and Francois Chevrette (Montreal) examine Lederman's position in federalism scholarship; Robin Elliott (UBC) rethinks S.96 in accordance with rights instead of strength; Diana Majury (Carleton) examines equality in a postmodern period; Kathleen Mahoney (Calgary) compares Canadian and American jurisprudence when it comes to pornography, hate propaganda, and freedom of expression; Don Stuart (Queen's) evaluates the results of constitution rights on legal legislation; Darlene Johnson (Ottawa) examines team rights as regarding Aboriginal peoples; and Madame Justice Bertha Wilson examines equipment of appointment and pluralism. different participants comprise Christine Boyle (UBC), Tom Cromwell (Dalhousie), Jacques Fremont (Montreal), Martha Jackman (Carleton), Wayne MacKay (Dalhousie), Ian Scott (Gowling, Strathy and Henderson), and Lynn Smith (UBC). Canadian Constitutional Dilemmas Revisited contributes invaluable scholarly views for Canadians and others confronted with the duty of redefining political groups and resolving urgent constitutional matters.
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Not all critics have seen the intricacies of Atwood’s plot, however, and it is intriguing to explore the reactions of early male critics to the text. George Woodcock, for example, a very well-known and respected critic of Canadian literature, argued that, rather than being a victim in this marriage plot, Marian has ‘cannibalistically, trapped a highly normal young man into a proposal of marriage’ (Woodcock 93). The choice of words itself is intriguing, given her inability to eat during this period in the novel.
Significantly, the women in Joan’s life are presented in her interpolated text as separate, if similar, creatures in the centre of the maze at Redmond Grange, whereas all the men are reduced to one being who has interchangeable faces. Also significantly, there is no escape from the maze that Felicia (read Joan) has knowingly entered. As one of the creatures in the maze reveals, there is no going back (LO 342). There is only death, which Joan has already tried and found wanting. However, the formula determines Felicia’s eventual death; as a deviant wife, she can neither hold Lord Redmond’s love nor keep her place at Redmond Grange – except at the centre of the mysterious maze.
In fact, references to unreality, the make-believe and fairy tales litter the novel in relation to Duncan in particular, who may or may not be real; this insertion of potentially unreal characters is also explored by Atwood in later novels such as The Robber Bride (which also signals its relationship to fairy tales). Here, Duncan acts as a foil for Marian, expressing her inexpressible desires. He fails to act as required by society. He lies for no apparent reason and is fully engaged only with himself.
Canadian Constitutional Dilemmas Revisited (Institute of Intergovernmental Relations) by Denis N. Magnusson, Daniel A. Soberman, William R. Lederman, Queen's University