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The Duncan Campbell Scott Symposium

Edited and with an introduction by K. P. Stich

Publication Year: 1980


Published by: University of Ottawa Press

Series: Reappraisals: Canadian Writers

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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pp. iii-viii


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xiv

On April 27-29, 1979, the Department of English at the University of Ottawa held the sixth conference in its series of symposia on major Canadian writers. In the tradition of the series, the Duncan Campbell Scott Symposium attracted scholars from across North America to examine and discuss Scott's life and writings. Coincidentally, one might add, the Symposium took place within only a short walk from where Scott lived and worked in Ottawa.

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Duncan Campbell Scott and "the Moment of Becoming"

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pp. 1-10

The thrust of Canadian poetry from the beginning of the nineteenth century has always been through the adaptation of familiar imagery rather than through the search for the new and startling. The slow but steady renaming, which the poet must always do, was a procedure quite different in Canada from, for example, its more predictable course in the United States and in Australia. Canadian ...

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The Significance of Scott's Minor Poems

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pp. 11-21

The major poems by Scott, the ones that give him a permanent place in our literary history and our imaginations, are never without flaws. There are certain weaknesses that show up even when he is working at full power on an important subject. It is necessary to be clear about these weaknesses in order to be able to judge him properly by the standards he himself expected us to use, universal ones.

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From Lifeless Pools to the Circle of Affection: the Significance of Space in the Poetry of D. C. Scott

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pp. 23-35

Throughout his life, Scott dwelled continually upon this concept of "correspondences" between man and nature;2 it dominated his imagination and challenged his poetic powers. Consistently, one discovers in Scott's poems that the re-creation of the natural landscape into the form of a poem provided a structure for exploring and viewing his own subjective states and the primal forces moving man ...

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Meanings Held in a Mist: the Major Poems

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pp. 37-46

An attempt to speak of Scott's major poems in the short time allotted must certainly seem presumptuous, and surely no compliment to the poet! I would not willingly invite these judgments. In fact, my title is chosen to emphasize both the nebulous quality prevalent in his poetry, and also, the deep basic unity I find in it. To me the two elements are closely related. Indeed, I would say that the vagueness we are conscious of in the work is itself the formal expression of the ...

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Symbol and Decoration: "The Piper of Aril"

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pp. 47-54

Throughout most if its long history, poetry has served a dual function. On the one hand, by the artistic skill of its practitioners, it delighted all those with sufficient knowledge and taste to appreciate its beauty of form and language; on the other hand, its aesthetic qualities were used by its practitioners to further those groups of which public poets were the acknowledged voices. Never, perhaps, were both poets and their audiences more aware of these dual functions than were the ...

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"Spring on Mattagami": a Reconsideration

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pp. 55-72

The setting is a rather bleak Northern Ontario landscape — low scrub and the odd scruffy evergreen. In the foreground at the left is a muddy stream. Duncan Campbell Scott and Samuel Stewart, Commissioners of the 1905 Treaty No. 9 negotiating party, stand looking at the camera, beside a pile of baggage and supplies that have been unloaded from canoes and await portage.

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Native People in Scott's Short Fiction

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pp. 73-83

In Duncan Campbell Scott's short fiction there are, superficially, two kinds of stories in which Native People appear. For the first kind, the term Representative Indian describes the importance of the Native People in participating either thematically or structurally in the conflicts. For the second kind, the term Individual Indian depicts the greater role played in all contexts of the writing.

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Duncan Campbell Scott's Fiction: Moral Realism and Canadian Identity

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pp. 85-100

Duncan Campbell Scott has been the odd man out amongst authors of the Confederation period of Canadian literature. Archibald MacMechan, in his 1924 survey, overlooked him entirely. Malcolm Ross in Poets of Confederation (1960) includes his poems but excludes Scott from his "Introduction." The journal Canadian Literature, during its first eighteen years up to 1978, accords Scott a bare seven ...

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Duncan Campbell Scott and American Literature

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pp. 101-109

Among the English-Canadian writers who came to prominence in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Duncan Campbell Scott might seem at first glance the least likely subject for a study of American connections and influences. Unlike contemporaries such as Bliss Carman and Edward William Thomson, for instance, Scott was never tempted to seek his literary fortunes south of the border. Unlike his friend Archibald Lampman whose early literary success was in ...

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The Letters of Duncan Campbell Scott to Lionel Stevenson

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pp. 111-112

Lionel Stevenson, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1902, emigrated at the age of five with his family to Vancouver Island. He graduated from the University of British Columbia as a B.A. at nineteen, from the University of Toronto as an M.A. at twenty, and from the University of California as a Ph.D. at twenty-two. He taught for fortythree years at Arizona State, Southern California, and Duke Universities and was visiting Distinguished Professor at U.B.C. when he died ...

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A Fortunate Friendship: Duncan Campbell Scott and Pelham Edgar

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pp. 113-126

Throughout Duncan Campbell Scott's career, friends of the calibre of Archibald Lampman and E. K. Brown provided him with intellectual companionship. One friendship, maintained at a distance, was of particular importance to Scott's art and critical reputation, as he himself was quick to acknowledge. "My first note in 1913 must be to you, my dear old boy," he wrote to Pelham Edgar, "the years stretch forth their arrogant and all-powerful hands but they leave ...

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D. C. Scott: A Trace of Documents and a Touch of Life

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pp. 127-141

My sub-title is not a very helpful one, and I must say something about it here. This paper is in two parts and attempts to do two things. In the first part, it is an account of my search for the documents, chiefly letters, which would support my long-term plans for a biography of Duncan Campbell Scott. That search led me to two boxes of Scott's papers which had been missing (if that is the word) for nearly twenty years, and these papers in turn, yielding their first fruits, made ...

Program of the D. C. Scott Symposium, April 27-29, 1979

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pp. 143-144

Epilogue: "Piano, To D.C.S."

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pp. 145

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 147-155


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pp. 157

E-ISBN-13: 9780776617091
E-ISBN-10: 0776617095
Print-ISBN-13: 9780776643861
Print-ISBN-10: 077664386X

Page Count: 158
Publication Year: 1980

Series Title: Reappraisals: Canadian Writers