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Canadian and Global Imaginaries in Dialogue

Edited by Diana Brydon & Marta Dvorák
Subjects Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, Canadian Literature
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Hardcover : 9781554582648, 330 pages, April 2012
Paperback : 9781554583027, 330 pages, September 2018
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554580149, 330 pages, August 2012

Table of contents

Table of Contents for
Crosstalk: Canadian and Global Imaginaries in Dialogue, edited by Diana Brydon and Marta Dvořák

1. Introduction: Negotiating Meaning in Changing Times | Diana Brydon and Marta Dvořák

2. “Whirlwinds Coiled at My Heart”: Voice and Vision in a Writer’s Practice” | Olive Senior

Section One: Collaboration, Crosstalk, Improvisation

3. Voicing the Unforeseeable: Improvisation, Social Practice, Collaborative Research | Ajay Heble and Winfried Siemerling

4. Epistemological Crosstalk: Between Melancholia and Spiritual Cosmology in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant and Lee Maracle’s Daughters Are Forever | Daniel Coleman

5. Native Performance Culture, Monique Mojica, and the Chocolate Woman Workshops | Ric Knowles

6. Collaboration and Convention in the Poetry of Pain Not Bread | Alison Calder

Section Two: Dialogism, Polyphony, Voice

7. Rejoinders in a Planetary Dialogue: J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Lloyd Jones et al. in Dialogue with Absent Texts | Marta Dvořák

8. Not Just Representation: The Sound and Concrete Poetries of the Four Horsemen | Frank Davey

9. Portraits of the Artist in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For and Madeleine Thien’s Certainty | Pilar Cuder-Domínguez

10. Unsettling Voices: Dionne Brand’s Cosmopolitan Cities | Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida

11. Questions of Voice, Race, and the Body in Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms and Larissa Lai’s When Fox Is a Thousand | Charlotte Sturgess

Section Three: Space, Place, and Circulation

12. The Artialisation of Landscape in Jane Urquhart’s The Whirlpool | Claire Omhovère

13. Ghostly Voices and Arctic Blanks: From Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights to Jane Urquhart’s Changing Heaven | Catherine Lanone

14. “You must see to understand. ..”: Orientalist Clichés and Transformation in Robert Lepage’s The Dragons’ Trilogy | Christine Lorre-Johnston

15. Diasporic Appropriations: Exporting South Asian Culture from Canada | Chelva Kanaganayakam

16. Negotiating Belonging in Global Times: The Hérouxville Debates | Diana Brydon

Works Cited




What are the fictions that shape Canadian engagements with the global? What frictions emerge from these encounters? In negotiating aesthetic and political approaches to Canadian cultural production within contexts of global circulation, this collection argues for the value of attending to narratorial, lyric, and theatrical conventions in dialogue with questions of epistemological and social justice. Using the twinned framing devices of crosstalk and cross-sighting, the contributing authors attend to how the interplay of the verbal and the visual maps public spheres of creative engagement today.

Individual chapters present a range of methodological approaches to understanding national culture and creative labour in global contexts. Through their collective enactment of methodological crosstalk, they demonstrate the productivity of scholarly debate across differences of outlook, culture, and training. In highlighting convergences and disagreements, the book sharpens our understanding of how literary and critical conventions and theories operate within and across cultures.


``Crosstalk is a challenging intervention that demonstrates the impact of globalization on debates about Canadian culture by highlighting the transformative role that various forms of creative dissonance and collaboration can play. The essays challenge accepted forms of national intelligibility by invoking the productive pedagogical disruption of transnational ‘cross-talk. ’ The global context that underscores this collection privileges circulation over emplacement, dialogue over the illusion of creative autonomy, and friction over the stultifying appeal of consensus within entrenched disciplinary frameworks. The international contributors produce an essay collection that is distinguished as much by its range as by its important treatment of emergent spheres of political engagement. ''

- Cynthia Sugars, University of Ottawa, editor (with Gerry Turcotte) of Unsettled Remains: Canadian Literature and the Postcolonial Gothic (WLU Press, 2009)

``The sixteen essays in Crosstalk admirably enact the tensions so strikingly suggested in this collection's title. This is writing that bristles and brims, riffs and improvises upon the engagements of Canadian, Brazilian, Spanish, and French critics who not only read each others' discussions of Canadian texts passionately, attentively, and creatively—and from cultural, political, and ideological stances that are often openly and richly at odds—but who also write collectively toward re-situating our local and global, Canadian, diasporic, and polyphonic debates in the twenty-first century. This is a superbly provocative and most ably co-edited collection—and will be required reading and rereading. ''

- Neil Besner, Professor of English, Vice-President, Research and International, University of Winnipeg

``This stimulating collection of essays had its origins in a workshop entitled ‘Voice and Vision: Situating Canadian Culture Globally,’ held at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2008. ... Thankfully. ..ample cross-references have made Crosstalk a far more unified collection than most conference-generated volumes. In the spirit of the book's title, the contributors have clearly engaged in a considerable amount of post-workshop dialogue and, thanks to this and the careful introduction, the collection does a fine job of answering the questions posed by the editors at the outset. ... The success of this timely collection owes much to the work of the two editors. ... Both have clearly put in long hours to ensure that the book's attempt to broaden the models used to debate Canadian imaginaries has become a significant intervention. The net result is impressive and one comes away from Crosstalk feeling that the multiple directions taken by the individual authors. ..have been long routes that have converged at a common crossroads. ''

- John Thieme, Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 2013