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Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies

Edited by Smaro Kamboureli

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Series: TransCanada


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pp. xi-xviii

Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies examines Canadian literature not simply as a body of texts but as a field and institution that is subject to a host of complex but identifiable cultural, economic, and ...

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Introduction: Shifting the Ground of a Discipline: Emergence and Canadian Literary Studies in English

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pp. 1-36

Something has happened to English Canadian literary studies. It has a cast of “new” characters. No longer exclusively concerned with Canadian literature’s themes and imagery, its forms and genres, or its linguistic ...

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National Literatures in the Shadow of Neoliberalism

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pp. 37-63

At the same time as national literatures are deeply temporal and spatial, and are produced by contested histories and spaces, they themselves produce national narratives and the spatial imagination of a nation. Yet both ...

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“Beyond CanLit(e)”: Reading. Interdisciplinarity. Transatlantically.

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pp. 65-85

“Beyond CanLit(e)” is an exploration of the methodological challenges of investigating reading as a social practice. My aim in this essay is to articulate problematics, to formulate some questions, and to share some ...

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White Settlers and the Biopolitics of State Building in Canada

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pp. 87-108

In recent years, there has been an explosion of studies investigating the meaning and status of national citizenship in an era of economic globalization and unprecedented international population mobility (Isin). In ...

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“Some Great Crisis”: Vimy as Originary Violence

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pp. 109-128

Immediately following Confederation in 1867, members of a nationalist movement named “Canada First” pronounced that the Canadian nation was yet to be founded. The British North America Act, they suggested, was ...

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Amplifying Threat: Reasonable Accommodations and Quebec’s Bouchard-Taylor Commission Hearings (2007)

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pp. 129-149

In January 2007, the small town of Hérouxville, near Quebec City, gained international attention and, from some quarters, acclaim, for issuing resolutions concerning prospective immigrants. These resolutions ...

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The Time Has Come: Self and Community Articulations in Colour. An Issue and Awakening Thunder

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pp. 151-172

In the late 1980s and early ’90s, special issues of journals offered an imperfect but productive way of bringing into presence histories, experience, and subjects who had little articulated place in the Canadian ...

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Archivable Concepts: Talonbooks and Literary Translation

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pp. 173-186

As the process through which ideas and styles are incorporated into the fabric of Canadian society and culture, translation plays a crucial but generally unacknowledged role. Often perceived as subservient or invisible ...

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Is CanLit Lost in Japanese Translation?

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pp. 187-208

The year 1983 was a turning point in the development of Canadian studies in Japan. This date coincides with the publication of Komonwerusu no Bungaku, an introductory guide in Japanese to commonwealth literature published by Kenkyusha, a company renowned for its ...

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The Cunning of Reconciliation: Reinventing White Civility in the “Age of Apology”

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pp. 209-233

On 22 September 1988, then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney delivered a formal apology and announced a compensation package for the internment, forced relocation, and seizure of property of Japanese Canadians ...

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The Long March to “Recognition”: Sákéj Henderson, First Nations Jurisprudence, and Sui Generis Solidarity

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pp. 235-247

I aim to accomplish three things in this essay. First, I seek to enhance the profile among Canadianists of the work of Sákéj Henderson, Director of the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan and ....

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bush/writing: embodied deconstruction, traces of community, and writing against the state in indigenous acts of inscription

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pp. 249-267

it is mid-august of the year 2005 and i am in a small boat crossing westward across cumberland sound in nunavut. my daughter, at that time a mere three-year-old, is with me, along with three children of the metuq ...


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pp. 269-301

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pp. 335-348

E-ISBN-13: 9781554583966
E-ISBN-10: 1554583969
Print-ISBN-13: 9781554583652
Print-ISBN-10: 1554583659

Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: TransCanada

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  • Criticism--Canada--Congresses.
  • Literature and state--Canada--Congresses.
  • Canadian literature--History and criticism--Theory, etc.--Congresses.
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