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Critical Collaborations

Indigenity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies

SmaroKamboureli, ChristlVerduyn

Publication Year: 2013

Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies is the third volume of essays produced as part of the TransCanada conferences project. The essays gathered in Critical Collaborations constitute a call for collaboration and kinship across disciplinary, political, institutional, and community borders. They are tied together through a simultaneous call for resistance—to Eurocentrism, corporatization, rationalism, and the fantasy of total systems of knowledge—and a call for critical collaborations. These collaborations seek to forge connections without perceived identity—linking concepts and communities without violating the differences that constitute them, seeking epistemic kinships while maintaining a willingness to not-know. In this way, they form a critical conversation between seemingly distinct areas and demonstrate fundamental allegiances between diasporic and indigenous scholarship, transnational and local knowledges, legal and eco-critical methodologies. Links are forged between Indigenous knowledge and ecological and social justice, creative critical reading, and ambidextrous epistemologies, unmaking the nation through translocalism and unsettling histories of colonial complicity through a poetics of relation. Together, these essays reveal how the critical methodologies brought to bear on literary studies can both challenge and exceed disciplinary structures, presenting new forms of strategic transdisciplinarity that expand the possibilities of Canadian literary studies while also emphasizing humility, complicity, and the limits of knowledge.

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Series: TransCanada

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page

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pp. vii-viii

...Citizenship, the third conference in a series designed to address the formation of Canadian literature as an institution and the shifts it has been undergoing in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Organized jointly via the University of Guelph and Mount Allison University, it took place in July 2009. We would like to thank...


Smaro Kamboureli

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pp. 1-28

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Belief as/in Methodology as/in Form: Doing Justice to CanLit Studies

Roy Miki

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pp. 29-48

...In one of many talks on poetics that bpNichol gave during the 1970s and 1980s, he returned to a preoccupation—perhaps more tellingly an obsession— with the question of form, not limiting himself to the practice of creative writing, but also taking into consideration...

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Trans-Systemic Constitutionalism in Indigenous Law and Knowledge

Sa’ke’j Henderson

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pp. 49-68

...My essay will explore the trans-systemic synthesis of the Supreme Court of Canada’s (hereafter Court) constitutional framework of Canada that is in the process of being advanced as a transformative method to protect Aboriginal peoples and generate constitutional...

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The Accidental Witness: Indigenous Epistemologies and Spirituality as Resistance in Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach

Julia Emberley

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pp. 69-82

...By their very nature, testimonies are unsettling. Produced in order to verify, supplement, or provide a subjective account of what are often traumatic and violent events, they disrupt any sense of normalcy in the continuum of life experience. The...

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Ambidextrous Epistemologies: Indigenous Knowledge within the Indigenous Renaissance

Marie Battiste

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pp. 83-98

...As is customary in Indigenous protocols, I take this opportunity to acknowledge where the TransCanada Three conference took place, within the homelands of the Mi’kmaw people on the territories within Sackville and beyond, whose protocols of place...

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Epistemologies of Respect: A Poetics of Asian/Indigenous Relation

Larissa Lai

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pp. 99-126

...I would like to begin this essay by acknowledging the Coast Salish people, on whose unceded territory I live and work. I make this acknowledgment for two reasons. First of all, I understand it as a protocol and a gesture of respect within the living practice...

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Acts of Nature: Literature, Excess, and Environmental Politics

Catriona Sandilands

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pp. 127-142

...Greg Garrard is even more direct on this point, insisting in his 2004 introductory text that “ecocriticism is an avowedly political mode of analysis” (3). Although environmental criticism is better understood, now perhaps more than ever, as what Buell calls...

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Ecocriticism in the Unregulated Zone

Cheryl Lousley

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pp. 143-160

...In striving to call public attention to ecology, to “protect the environment,” to value nature, and to insist that there are laws of nature that even capitalism must respect, environmentalism politicizes nature, ecology, and environment. Just as feminism makes...

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Disturbance-Loving Species: Habitat Studies, Ecocritical Pedagogy, and Canadian Literature

Laurie Ricou

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pp. 161-174

...Study of habitat begins with soil conditions and microclimates, air quality and aquifer status, companion species and competing species, with what eats what and what is eaten by what. Habitat Studies, the title of an English Department...

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Translocal Representation: Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, Nello “Tex” Vernon-Wood, and CanLit

Julie Rak

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pp. 175-198

...Jim Thorpe, Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, Tex Wood: these are not names associated with any literary canon, and certainly not with CanLit, “the informal shorthand which establishes it...

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Jazz, Diaspora, and the History and Writing of Black Anglophone Montreal

Winfried Siemerling

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pp. 199-214

...On 30 June 2009, Montreal jazz pianist Oliver Jones and singer Ranee Lee opened the thirtieth Montreal Jazz Festival in its new venue, L’Astral. After a hiatus, Jones was returning to a festival that his presence had graced since its second year, 1981. Two years earlier...

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Tradition and Pluralism in Contemporary Acadia

François Paré

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pp. 215-226

...Like hundreds of present-day minority cultures, at once the most fragile and the most resilient of all societies, contemporary Acadia continues to evolve on the outskirts of geographical representation, as an “identity-based nation” marked to the core...

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Critical Allegiances

Christl Verduyn

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pp. 227-240

...“Something has happened to English Canadian literary studies.” With this declaration, Smaro Kamboureli opens her introductory essay, “Shifting the Ground of a Discipline: Emergence and Canadian Literary Studies in English” (1), in the second of the three...


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pp. 241-252

Works Cited

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pp. 253-268

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pp. 269-274

...full professor in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests are in initiating institutional change in the decolonization of education, in particular...


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pp. 275-287

Series Page

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p. 288-288

E-ISBN-13: 9781554589128
E-ISBN-10: 1554589126

Page Count: 350
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: TransCanada