The Canadian Miranda and the Law of the Father

  • Chantal Zabus


Ripostes to the female dimension of The Tempest are more verifiable in Canadian works than anywhere else in postcolonial literatures. In English Canada, Caliban is artfully relegated to the wings of the literary scene, and such topics as language and rape receive little attention. Unlike Québécois writers, English Canadian writers have occluded the race discourse to focus on the gender issue and have privileged the Prospero-Miranda or Miranda-Ferdinand relationships, as conventional metaphors of parental and romantic relations, possibly mirroring Canada’s filial relationship to Britain. Miranda, the Anglo-European daughter, offers us a feminine trope of colonialism, for her lack of selfhood in The Tempest exposes the subjection of daughters to their biological or cultural Fathers before they come of age.


Anorexia Nervosa Feminist Critic Ancient Wood Woman Writer British Subject 
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