"Almost any literature worth reading is energized by some kind of overt or subtle tension, and writings about Maine are no exception. Consider, for example, the constant battle between the people and the weather, the land, and sea for economic or even physical survival. Consider as well the effects of such ongoing struggles on the relationships among Maine people--husbands and wives, parents and children, neighbors and those from away. 

Good writers may show us how such tensions can be successfully resolved or they may simply (!) make us aware of the complexity of the tensions, but they seldom settle for leaving us with the kind of picture of Maine that we could find on a postcard or a tourist brochure. Even those pieces that present Maine life as idyllic are appealing in part because we know that most of the time life isn't like that--even in Maine."

-Judith Hakola, Lecturer,


Maine Writers:

Maine Literature: Issues & Opinions


In addition to being a public resource about Maine literature, this page is also a component of Writers of Maine.  Writers of Maine is a distance education course offered at The University of Maine as part of the Certificate in Maine Studies
Funded by a grant from the University of Maine, Distance Education Advisory Committee, 1999.  Last updated on 11/07/03

Questions about this page?  Contact Judith Hakola by clicking on this link or by sending email to judith.hakola@umit.maine.edu