In this, the companion to the landmark volume 'The Literary History of Alberta: Volume One', George Melnyk examines Alberta literature in the second half of the twentieth century. At last, Melnyk argues, Alberta writers have found their voice -- and their accomplishments have been remarkable. The contradictory landscape, the stereotypes of the Indian, the Mountie, and the Cowboy, and the language of the Other, speaking from the margins -- these elements all left their impressions on the consciousness of early Alberta. But writers in the last few decades have turned this inheritance to their advantage, to create compelling stories about this place and its people. Today, Melnyk discovers, Alberta writers can appreciate not only this achievement, but also its essential source: the symbolic communication of Writing-on-Stone. The book extends the study of Alberta's cultural history to the present day. It is a vital text for anyone interested in Alberta's vibrant literary culture.
George Melnyk is a cultural historian who teaches Canadian Studies at the University of Calgary. Tamara Palmer Seiler is an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches Canadian studies at the University of Calgary. She has written widely on the impact of immigration and ethnic diversity on Canadian culture, and in particular on Canadian literature, and is the co-author of two books on the history of Alberta.