"In Rat Life and Diet in North America [Wieland] links the technological imperative with the imperialist ambitions of the American Empire, a society of death the rats (played by gerbils) must flee to find happiness in organic gardening on the Canadian side of the border."
-- Brenda Longfellow
Longfellow, Brenda. "Gender, Landscape, and Colonial Allegories in The Far Shore, Loyalties, and Mouvements du désir." In Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women's Cinema, edited by Kay Armatage, Kass Banning, Brenda Longfellow, and Janine Marchessault. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999. (p. 166)