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Possibilities of Justice in Canadian Literatures

By Smaro Kamboureli & Larissa Lai
Subjects Literary Criticism, Canadian Literature, Indigenous Studies
Series TransCanada Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771125109, 408 pages, April 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771125116, April 2023

Table of contents

Table of Contents

Storying Land / Relations: An Introduction in Two Voices – Smaro Kamboureli and Larissa Lai

Agency, Urgency, Insurgency [poem] – Lillian Allen

Positioning Intergenerational Trauma: Nisga’a Nationalism and the Materiality of Marius Barbeau’s Totem Poles – Jordan Abel

Neoliberal Gothic, Settler Social Imaginaries, and the Case for Decolonization on Two Fronts – Jennifer Henderson

Listing Waters: The Poetics of Solidarity in Darwish and Wong –Dina Al-Kassim

CLI and CLII [prose poems] – Sonnet L’Abbé

Back to the Future: Black Canada’s Past and Present; or the Changing Same – Rinaldo Walcott

Deliberate Vulgarity: Performing the Demotic, Transforming Cultural Space? The Six Books [poems] – Pamela Mordecai

“Making Things Right”: Black Settlement and the Politics of Territory – Karina Vernon

From Islamophobia to Islamophilia: Dancing Orientalisms, Islamizing Muslims, and the Unspeakability of the Muslim Woman Subject – Sedef Arat-Koç

Literature, Language, Culture: At Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas 2017 – Eileen Antone

Listening at Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas 2017 – Erín Moure

Between Empire and Nation: Synchronicity and Revolution in Chinese Canadian Writing – Chris Lee

Diplomacy before Reconciliation – Margery Fee

Federal State, Feral Culture: (Not)Withstanding Canada around its 150th Year – Len Findlay

What Next? Asserting Peace Against the Odds – Rita Wong

Living on Unceded Indigenous Territories: Vancouver as a Site of Conflict in Building Alliance and Autonomy in Decolonial Struggles – Sophie McCall

Re-storying and Restoring the Buffalo to the Indigenous Plains – Tasha Hubbard

Landsensing: Body, Territory, Relation – Warren Cariou

Land, relationality, and justice in Canadian literatures


Essential reading for those interested in questions of justice and cultural representation, Land/Relations speaks to and moves beyond the critical junctures in the study of Canadian literatures today.

In the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and following Canada’s sesquicentennial, Land/Relations presents a collaborative effort at what Smaro Kamboureli and Larissa Lai call “counter-memory,” a collective effort to recognise “relationships that have always been”—between peoples, between humanity and other living forms, between us and the land—in an effort to avoid erasure, loss, and trauma. Twenty influential literary critics engage a variety of genres—essay, life writing, testament, polemic, poetry—to explore the ways Canadian cultural production has been shaped by social and historical relations and can be given new and various forms to decolonize the institutions associated with the creation of this country’s vision of Canadian literature.