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A tour of the house: a novel

  • Author / Creator
    Fortowsky, Alyson
  • This novel manuscript explores the connections between art, the city of Calgary, and political complacency. Legislated into the school and job chosen by her high school career test results, a law student attends a party at a heritage house in Calgary and takes a tour through the rooms, hoping to encounter a lost acquaintance. In this world, careers are divided into five ambiguous "Fifths" (labour, service, secondary service, small business, and corporate science) none officially more valuable than any of the others. "Fifth Fifths", though, are the best paid, their post-secondary educations heavily subsized. The characters adhere unquestioningly to the ideology of the government in power (as Albertans historically have done), though they resent their lack of choice and recognize injustice. They, like most of the characters featured in popular Calgary history books, are the ones ultimately benefiting from the system.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3GM8F
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Wharton, Tom (English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Trimble, Linda (Political Science)
    • Hjartarson, Paul (English and Film Studies)