publication . Article . 2014

The fantastic black panther in the writing of Charles G. D. Roberts : Forging Canadian national identity from primeval nature

Robert Summerby-Murray;
Open Access German
  • Published: 01 Jun 2014 Journal: Belphégor (issn: 1499-7185, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Dalhousie University
Charles G.D. Roberts’ 1892/1896 short story ‘Lou’s Clarionet’ focuses on the potential attack by a black panther, a shadowy creature that is at once dangerous and comforting, real and fantastic, disturbing and uncertain. As the rector of the parish guides his sleigh along the road on a snowy Christmas eve, he is shadowed by a panther, which attempts to leap onto the sleigh, bringing the dark forces of the primeval (and prime evil) forest against the good Christian priest. Similar episodes are present in many of Roberts’ animal stories, including those focusing specifically on the black panther such as ‘Watchers of the Campfire’ (1905). By analysing Roberts’ use ...
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