German Internment Camps and Archival Treasures in the Maritimes: ANOTHER UNTOLD STORY IN P.S. DUFFY’S THE CARTOGRAPHER OF NO MAN’S LAND

Drawn from a book in progress, titled Americans Write Canada, this public lecture pairs a close reading of a recent novel by American writer P.S. Duffy, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land, with the discovery of archival materials that add to and complicate public knowledge about a First World War internment camp, once located in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Though the camp no longer exists, Duffy’s fictional engagement with this period of history combined with an examination of some neglected historical archives have prompted a wider investigation of how American writers such as Duffy are uncovering significant yet untold stories about Canada. The lecture demonstrates the need for Canadian and American critics alike to pay closer attention to the ways in which American literature contributes to a more nuanced understanding of Canada’s complexities.

Dr. Jennifer Andrews will speak via Zoom before a live audience. Join us in-person Thursday, November 18th at 4:30 EST in 104 Stewart Commons (IMRC) for this virtual talk
sponsored by the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine and hosted by Dr. Hollie Adams, Assistant Professor of English.

The event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Jennifer Andrews (University of New Brunswick)