The study of Canadian literature - CanLit - has undergone dramatic changes since it became an area of specialisation in the 1960s and '70s. This book addresses cultural policy, citizenship, white civility, and the celebrated status of diasporic writers.
Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature by Smaro Kamboureli
The study of Canadian literatureaCanLitahas undergone dramatic changes since it became an area of specialization in the 1960s and '70s. As new global forces in the 1990s undermined its nation-based critical assumptions, its theoretical focus and research methods lost their immediacy. The contributors to Trans.Can.Lit address cultural policy, citizenship, white civility, and the celebrated status of diasporic writers, unabashedly recognizing the imperative to transfigure the disciplinary and institutional frameworks within which Canadian literature is produced, disseminated, studied, taught, and imagined.
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``The outcome of a great idea that manages well to be accessible and relevant to both scholars and general readers of Canadian literature.'' -- Research Book News, May 2008, 200806 ``While Trans.Can.Lit does not engage overtly with how postcolonial studies and its dissenters and offshoots--including Indigenous, diasporic, and critical race studies--inform the study of CanLit, a quick look at the contents pages reveals an impressive list of some of the foremost Canadian critics working in these fields.... One of the strengths of organizing this collection around the intersecton of literature, institutions, and citizenship is that the essays become a multivoiced call for revolution to critics and teachers working in a field under attack... Trans.Can.Lit reminded me, as an academic who teaches and researches CanLit in Australia, not only of the specificities of debates occurring within Canada but also of how many of the concerns in Canada transfer with frightening ease to an Australian context. The `trans' in CanLit moves beyond the porous borders of Canada, reminding academics working in literary studies about the power of what we do and of the responsibility attached to this power.'' -- Debra Dudek -- Canadian Literature, No. 199, Winter 2008, 200810 ``The articles...make this a formidable and important collection, one that will give the serious reader, one interested not only in Canadian literature, but also in contemporary thinking about the intersections among the nation state, difference, globalization and cultural representation, more than enough to ponder.'' -- Tamara Palmer Seiler, University of Calgary -- Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 39, #3, 2007, 200905 ``The essays that make up this volume were initially presented at the inaugural Transcanada conference (2005), which asked participants to rethink `the disciplinary and institutional framework within which Canadian literature is produced, disseminated, studied and taught.' In this, they have succeeded admirably.... The preface, written by editors Smaro Kamboureli and Roy Miki, does an excellent job of mapping the issues, ideas, and critical methodologies that are re-shaping the study of Canadian literature.... [T]his rigorous and far-reaching collection is necessary reading for those working within the discipline today.'' -- Carrie Dawson, Dalhousie University -- Dalhousie Review, Vol. 88, No. 1, Spring 2008, 200806
About Smaro Kamboureli
Smaro Kamboureli is a professor and the Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature in the English Department at the University of Toronto. She is the founder of the TransCanada series of books, published by WLU Press, originating from interdisciplinary conferences that initiated collaborative research on the methodologies and institutional structures and contexts that inform and shape the production, dissemination, teaching, and study of Canadian literature. Her most recent publications include Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies (WLU Press 2012), co-edited with Robert Zacharias and Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (WLU Press, 2013), co-edited with Kit Dobson. Roy Miki teaches contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University. He has published widely on Asian- Canadian literature as well as writers such as bpNichol, George Bowering, and Roy Kiyooka. He is the author of Broken Entries: Race, Subjectivity, Writing and received the Governor Generalas Award for his poetry book Surrender.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents for Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature , edited by Smaro Kamboureli and Roy Miki Introduction | Smaro Kamboureli Acknowledgements Metamorphoses of a Discipline: Rethinking Canadian Literature Within Institutional Contexts | Diana Brydon Against Institution: Established Law, Custom, or Purpose | Rinaldo Walcott From Canadian Trance to TransCanada: White Civility to Wry Civility in the CanLit Project | Daniel Coleman Subtitling CanLit: Keywords | Peter Dickinson Oratory on Oratory | Lee Maracle TransCanada, Literature: No Direction Home | Stephen Slemon World Famous Across Canada, or TransNational Localities | Richard Cavell Diasporic Citizenship: Contradictions and Possibilities for Canadian Literature | Lily Cho Acts of Citizenship: Erin MourA (c)s O CidadA n and the Limits of Worldliness | Lianne Moyes Trans-Scan: Globalization, Literary Hemispheric Studies, Citizenship as Project | Winfried Siemerling Transubracination: How Writers of Colour Became CanLit | Ashok Mathur Institutional Genealogies in the Global Net of Fundamentalisms, Families, and Fantasies | Julia Emberley TransCanada Collectives: Social Imagination, the Cunning of Production, and the Multilateral Sublime | Len Findlay Notes Works Cited Contributors Index Contributorsa Bios Diana Brydon is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at the University of Manitoba, where she specializes in Australian, Canadian, and Caribbean literary studies. Recent publications include a five-volume anthology, Postcolonialism: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies and a co-edited book, Shakespeare in Canada (with Irena Makaryk). Renegotiating Community: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Global Contexts (co-edited with William D.Coleman) is forthcoming from the University of British Columbia Press. Richard Cavell is the Founding Director of the International Canadian Studies Centre at UBC, the author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography (2002), the editor of Love, Hate and Fear in Canadaas Cold War (2004), the co-editor, with Peter Dickinson, of Sexing the Maple: A Canadian Sourcebook (2006), and, with Imre Szeman, founding editor of the Cultural Spaces series at the University of Toronto Press, and co-editor of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies (29.1/2 2007) on Cultural Studies in Canada today. Lily Cho is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include work on diaspora, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, food culture, citizenship, and affect. She is currently completing a book-length study of diaspora and Chinese restaurants in small-town Canada. She is also pursuing a project on Pacific Genealogies, which examines the role of indenture and piracy in the emergence of Asian diaspora subjectivity. Her recent publications include aAsian Canadian Futures: Indenture Routes and Diasporic Passages,a in Essays in Canadian Writing 85 (2006) and aThe Turn to Diaspora,a in Topia 17 (2007). Daniel Coleman is a Canada Research Chair in Diversity in Canadian Literature and Culture who teaches in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. His most recent publications include White Civility (U of Toronto P, 2006) and Recalling Early Canada (co-edited, U of Alberta P, 2005). Peter Dickinson is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of Here is Queer: Nationalisms, Sexualities, and the Literatures of Canada (U of Toronto P, 1999) and Screening Gender, Framing Genre: Canadian Literature into Film (U of Toronto P, 2007). With Richard Cavell, he has also co-edited Sexing the Maple: A Canadian Sourcebook (Broadview, 2006). Julia Emberley is Associate Professor of English at the University ofWestern Ontario. She is the author of Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal: Cultural Practices and Decolonization in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2007), The Cultural Politics of Fur (Cornell University Press, 1997), and Thresholds of Difference: Native Womenas Writing, Feminist Critique, and Postcolonial Theory (University of Toronto Press, 1993). She has recently published articles in The Journal of Visual Culture , Topia , and Fashion Theory , and contributed a book chapter on Gertrude Bell in Literature, Empire and Travel: In the Margins of Anthropology (I.B. Tauris, 2007). Len Findlay is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan. Educated at Aberdeen and Oxford, he came to Canada in 1974. Widely published in nineteenth-century European topics and increasingly in Canadian Studies, his recent work includes a new edition of The Communist Manifesto (Broadview, 2004), aSpectres of Canada: Image, Text, Aura, Nationa (UTQ, 2006), aTowards Canada as Aesthetic State: FranAois-Xavier Garneauas Canadien Poeticsa (ECW, 2006), and collaborative projects for the Australian Journal of Aboriginal Education (special issue on Thinking Place) and for the Office of the Treaty Commission of Saskatchewan. He is currently writing a polemic in the vein of George Grantas, entitled Intent for a Nation , and an intellectual biography of Alexander Morris. Smaro Kamboureli is the founder and Director of TransCanada Institute and Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature at the University of Guelph,where she specializes in Canadian literature and diaspora studies. Her recent publications include Scandalous Bodies: Diasporic Literature in English Canada (Oxford, 2000), which received the Gabrielle Roy prize for Canadian criticism, a second edition of her earlier anthology, Making a Difference: Multicultural Literatures in English Canada (Oxford, 2006), and Roy Kiyookaas Pacific Rim Letters (NeWest Press), which she edited, with an afterword. The Editor of the TransCanada Series (Wilfrid Laurier UP) and of the Writer as Critic Series (NeWest Press), she is currently co-editing, with Daniel Coleman, The Culture of Research: Retooling the Humanities . Lee Maracle was born in North Vancouver and is the author of seven novels, a collection of short stories, poetry, and non-fiction works. She has published widely in scholarly journals and fiction/poetry anthologies. Maracle is currently teaching at the University of Toronto. Her awards include the J. T. Stewart Voices of Change Award, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and the Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year Award. Ashok Mathur is a Canada Research Chair in Cultural and Artistic Inquiry at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC). He directs the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada,working with artist-researchers on projects and explorations surrounding the intersection of artistic practice and social/political engagement. His creative and critical work includes fiction, poetry, essays, and cultural organizing around art, performance, and writing. Roy Miki is a writer, poet, and editor who teaches contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University. He was born in Winnipeg but relocated to the West Coast in the late 1960s. He is the author of Justice in Our Time (co-authored with Cassandra Kobayashi) (Talonbooks, 1991), a documentary history of the Japanese Canadian redress movement in which he actively participated, two books of poems, Saving Face (Turnstone, 1991) and Random Access File (Red Deer College Press, 1995), and a collection of critical essays, Broken Entries: Race, Subjectivity, Writing (Mercury Press, 1998). His third book of poems, Surrender (Mercury Press 2001), received the Governor Generalas Award for Poetry. His two most recent publications are Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast, 2004), a work that explores the Japanese Canadian redress movement through a creative blend of personal reflection, documentary history, and critical examination, and There (New Star Books, 2006), a book of poems. He received the Order of Canada in 2006. Lianne Moyes is Associate Professor of English at UniversitA (c) de MontrA (c)al, where she specializes in Canadian and Quebec literatures. She is editor of Gail Scott: Essays on Her Works , co-editor of Adjacencies: Minority Writing in Canada , and, from 1993 to 2003, was co-editor of the bilingual feminist journal Tessera . Her work on Anglo-Montreal writing has appeared in Atudes canadiennes , Voix et images , and Canadian Literature as well as in the collections Un certain genre malgrA (c) tout , Pour une rA (c)flexion sur la diffA (c)rence sexuelle A laoeuvre dans lA (c)criture (Nota Bene), and Language Acts: Anglo-Qu&233;bec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century (VA (c)hicule). Winfried Siemerling is Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the Graduate Programs in Comparative Cana
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