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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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How can postcolonialism be applied to Canadian literature?

In all that has been written about postcolonialism, surprisingly little has specifically addressed the position of Canada, Canadian literature, or Canadian culture.

Postcolonialism is a theory that has gained credence throughout the world; it is be productive to ask if and how we, as Canadians, participate in postcolonial debates. It is also vital to examine the ways in which Canada and Canadian culture fit into global discussions as our culture reflects how we interact with our neighbours, allies, and adversaries.

This collection wrestles with the problems of situating Canadian literature in the ongoing debates about culture, identity, and globalization, and of applying the slippery term of postcolonialism to Canadian literature. The topics range in focus from discussions of specific literary works to general theoretical contemplations. The twenty-three articles in this collection grapple with the recurrent issues of postcolonialism — including hybridity, collaboration, marginality, power, resistance, and historical revisionism — from the vantage point of those working within Canada as writers and critics. While some seek to confirm the legitimacy of including Canadian literature in the discussions of postcolonialism, others challenge this very notion.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Is Canada Postcolonial? Introducing the Question
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. PART 1 : Questioning Canadian Postcolonialism
  2. p. 25
  1. What Was Canada?
  2. pp. 27-39
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  1. What Resides in the Question, “Is Canada Postcolonial?”
  2. pp. 40-48
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  1. Canada and Postcolonialism: Questions, Inventories, and Futures
  2. pp. 49-77
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  1. Looking Elsewhere for Answers to the Postcolonial Question: From Literary Studies to State Policy in Canada
  2. pp. 78-94
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  1. PART 2 : Postcolonial Methodologies
  2. p. 95
  1. The Absence of Seaming, Or How I Almost Despair of Dancing: How Postcolonial Are Canada’s Literary Institutions and Critical Practices?
  2. pp. 97-110
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  1. Native Writing, Academic Theory: Post-colonialism across the Cultural Divide
  2. pp. 111-126
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  1. Nostalgic Narratives and the Otherness Industry
  2. pp. 127-139
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  1. Cool Dots and a Hybrid Scarborough: Multiculturalism as Canadian Myth
  2. pp. 140-148
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  1. PART 3 : Is Canadian Literature Postcolonial?
  2. p. 149
  1. Imagining Eighteenth-Century Quebec: British Literature and Colonial Rhetoric
  2. pp. 151-161
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  1. “I too am a Canadian”: John Richardson’s The Canadian Brothers as Postcolonial Narrative
  2. pp. 162-176
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  1. Are We There Yet? Reading the “Post-Colonial” and The Imperialist in Canada
  2. pp. 177-189
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  1. Figures of Collection and (Post)Colonial Processes in Major John Richardson’s Wacousta and Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water
  2. pp. 190-206
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  1. Stolen Life? Reading through Two I’s in Postcolonial Collaborative Autobiography
  2. pp. 207-222
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  1. “A Place to Stand On”: (Post)colonial Identity in The Diviners and “The Rain Child”
  2. pp. 223-237
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  1. A “Place” Through Language: Postcolonial Implications of Mennonite/s Writing in Western Canada
  2. pp. 238-251
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  1. What’s Immigration Got to Do with It? Postcolonialism and Shifting Notions of Exile in Nino Ricci’s Italian-Canadians
  2. pp. 252-267
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  1. Religion, Postcolonial Side-by-sidedness, and la transculture
  2. pp. 268-281
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  1. After Postcolonialism: Migrant Lines and the Politics of Form in Fred Wah, M. Nourbese Philip, and Roy Miki
  2. pp. 282-294
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  1. PART 4 : Meditations on the Question
  2. p. 295
  1. Is Canada a Postcolonial Country?
  2. pp. 297-299
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  1. Answering the Questions
  2. pp. 300-311
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  1. Answering the Answers, Asking More Questions
  2. pp. 312-317
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 318-324
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-351
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 352-357
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 358-368
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