JoLIE 9:2/2016


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Edyta Krajewska

Stanisław Staszic University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Poland






The paper deals with two Canadian texts, a novel by Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride, and Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa, a collection of stories by André Alexis. The paper focuses on the presentation of the uncanny by the authors, its types, origins and the possible modes of dealing with it. Due to the fact that the writers belong to different generations and do not share a cultural background, their approaches are distinctly different. However, they both can contribute to embracing the element of otherness, thus creating a bridge reaching towards the unfamiliar or suppressed.


Key words: Canadian literature; Margaret Atwood; André Alexis; The acceptance of the uncanny.





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How to cite this article: Krajewska, E. (2016). Creatures settled, creatures settling or what haunts in Canadian literature. Journal of Linguistic and Intercultural Education – JoLIE, 9(2), 53-66. DOI:



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