chapter  7
LATAKIA AND DANCING IN THE DARK
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Thomas and Barfoot have both written novels with specifically Canadian locations in British Columbia and Ontario, but in the interests of a realistically plural definition of Canadian writing it is worthwhile resisting the ‘Made in Canada’ / ‘Fait au Canada’ label as too restrictive and too colonial for a postcolonial literature. Neither Latakia nor Dancing in the Dark is con­ cerned with nationality though both may be seen to be con­ cerned with colonialization in its gender sense and with the damaging effects of sexual power politics on women’s lives.