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Critical Collaborations

Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies

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


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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.