The Urban Threat in Susanna Moodie’s “Roughing it in the Bush”


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The Urban Threat in Susanna Moodie’s "Roughing it in the Bush"
The rapid settlement of Canada in the 19th century inevitably entailed urbanization, which is to say, the encroachment of the city, and all it represents, upon the pristine wilderness. Awareness of the city also carried with it a certain anxiety, which, in Susanna
Roughing it in the Bush takes two forms: fear of disease and mistrust of businessmen.
Fear of disease is a prominent and recurring motif in the book: in the very first sentence, we’re told that “the dreadful cholera was depopulating Quebec and Montreal” and that health officers are boarding the vessel on which the author and her family is sailing (21).
And yet
attitude to “plague-stricken” Quebec...
The end:
.....rbing memoirs, we have a strong sense that Susanna
conceived of herself and her family -- and, for the most part, her fellow settlers -- as God’s Chosen People being led out of the Egypt of the British Isles to the Canaan that is the Canadian wilderness.
Works Cited
, Susan and
Albert (reviewer). “The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of
the Canadian Landscape”. In Essays on Canadian Writing. Issue 70 (Spring 2000),
page 191. Toronto.
, Susanna. Roughing It in the Bush (1852). Toronto. McClelland & Stewart Inc.
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