VILNIUS - In her four lectures delivered at Oxford University in 1991 and later published as Strange Things: the Malevolent North in Canadian Literature, Margaret Atwood makes an intriguing, if somewhat sarcastic, remark: "You thought the national flag was about a leaf, didn't you? Look harder. It's where someone got axed in the snow" While this observation suggests an interesting perspective on Canada's national mythology as a northern country, it also echoes the perpetual puzzle of Canada's collective sense of self, rooted as it is in a dialogue between its colonial past and multicultural...
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