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Critical Collaborations

Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies

Edited by Christl Verduyn & Smaro Kamboureli
Subjects Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, Canadian Literature
Series TransCanada Hide Details
Paperback : 9781554589111, 296 pages, May 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554589135, 296 pages, May 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554589128, 296 pages, May 2014

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies, edited by Smaro Kamboureli and Christl Verduyn
Introduction | Smaro Kamboureli
Belief as/in Methodology as/in Form: Doing Justice to CanLit Studies | Roy Miki
Trans-Systemic Constitutionalism in Indigenous Law and Knowledge | Sa'ke'j Henderson
The Accidental Witness: Indigenous Epistemologies and Spirituality as Resistance in Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach | Julia Emberley
Ambidextrous Epistemologies: Indigenous Knowledge within the Indigenous Renaissance | Marie Battiste
Epistemologies of Respect: A Poetics of Asian/Indigenous Relation | Larissa Lai
Acts of Nature: Literature, Excess, and Environmental Politics | Catriona Sandilands
Ecocriticism in the Unregulated Zone | Cheryl Lousley
Disturbance-Loving Species: Habitat Studies, Ecocritical Pedagogy, and Canadian Literature | Laurie Ricou
Translocal Representation: Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, Nello “Tex” Vernon-Wood, and CanLit | Julie Rak
Jazz, Diaspora, and the History and Writing of Black Anglophone Montreal | Winfried Siemerling
Tradition and Pluralism in Contemporary Acadia | François Paré
Critical Allegiances | Christl Verduyn
Works Cited


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.