Individual and collective relationships with British Columbia's coastal landscape in Roderick Haig-Brown's "On the Highest Hill"
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My presentation is on individual and collective relationships with BC’s coastal landscape in Roderick Haig-Brown’s novel, "On the Highest Hill". Using the main character, Colin Ensley, I consider how individualism and collectivism play out in his relationship with the land. This paper asks large questions (although it does not answer them), such as what does BC’s natural landscape mean to people? Do people tend to think of the landscape objectively, spiritually or both? Are people’s perceptions of the BC landscape today much different than those in the 1930s?