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Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory


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Introduction Cynthia Sugars and Eleanor Ty: Thinking Beyond Nostalgia: Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory PART I: Sites of Memory: Cultural Amnesia and the Demands of Place 1: Tony Tremblay: Globalization and Cultural Memory: Perspectives from the Periphery on the Post-National Disassembly of Place 2: Kimberly Mair: Putting Things in Their Place: The Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture and the Idiom of Majority History 3: Renee Hulan: Lieux d'oubli: The Forgotten North of Canadian Literature 4: Candida Rifkind: Design and Disappearance: Visual Nostalgias and the Canadian Company Town 5: Brooke Pratt: Preserving "the echoing rooms of yesterday": Al Purdy's A-frame and the Place of Writers' Houses in Canada PART II: Memory Transference: Postmemory, Re-Memory, and Forgetting 6: Robert Zacharias: Learning Sauerkraut: Ethnic Food, Cultural Memory, and Traces of Mennonite Identity in Alayna Munce's When I Was Young and In My Prime 7: Marlene Goldman: "Their Dark Cells": Transference, Memory, and Postmemory in John Mighton's Half Life 8: Linda Warley: Remembering Poverty: Bannock, Beans, and Black Tea, a Tale of Two Lives 9: J.A. Weingarten: Postmemory and Canadian Poetry of the 1970s 10: Tanis Macdonald: "Exhibit me buckskinned": Indigenous Legacy and Rememory in Joan Crate's Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson 11: Cynthia Sugars: Scrapbooking: Memory and Memorabilia in Gail Anderson-Dargatz's The Cure for Death by Lightning and Turtle Valley Part III: Re-Membering History: Memory Work as Recovery 12: Marc Fortin: Ethnography, Law, and Aboriginal Memory: Collecting and Recollecting Gitxsan Histories in Canada 13: Peter Hodgins: Between Elegy and Taxidermy: Archibald Lampman's Golden Lady's Slippers 14: Jess Archibald-Barber: Under Other Skies: Personal and Cultural Memory in E. Pauline Johnson's Nature Lyrics and Memorial Odes 15: Sophie McCall: Indigenous Diasporas and the Shape of Cultural Memory: Reframing Anahareo's Devil in Deerskins 16: Shelley Hulan: Yours to Recover: Mound Burial in Alice Munro's "What Do You Want to Know For?" 17: Dennis Duffy: Romancing Canada in Best-Sellerdom: The Case of Quebec's Disappearance 18: Marissa McHugh: Collective Memory, Cultural Transmission, and the Occupation(s) of Quebec: Jean Provencher and Gilles Lachance's Quebec, Printemps 1918 PART IV: The Compulsion to Remember: Trauma and Witnessing 19: Robyn Morris: Under Surveillance: Memory, Trauma and Genocide in Madeleine Thien's Dogs at the Perimeter 20: Farah Moosa: "I didn't want to tell a story like this": Cultural Inheritance and the Second Generation in David Chariandy's Soucouyant 21: Doris Wolf: Confronting the Legacy of Canada's Indian Residential School System: Cree Cultural Memory and the Warrior Spirit in David Alexander Robertson and Scott B. Henderson's 7 Generations Series 22: Robyn Green: Recovering Pedagogical Space: Trauma, Education, and The Lesser Blessed PART V: Cultural Memory in a Globalized Age 23: Alexis Motuz: "I have nothing soothing to tell you": Dionne Brand's Inventory as Global Elegy 24: Joel Baetz: Now and Then: Dionne Brand's What We All Long For, the Desire to Forget, and the Urban Archive 25: Eva Darias-Beautell: Haunted/Wanted in Jen Sookfong Lee's The End of East: Canada's Cultural Memory Beyond Nostalgia 26: Jennifer Andrews: Rethinking Postcolonialism and Canadian Literature through Diasporic Memory: Reading Helen Humphrey's Afterimage 27: Pilar Cuder-Dominguez: Transnational Memory and Haunted Black Geographies: Esi Edugyan's The Second Life of Samuel Tyne

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Cynthia Sugars is Professor in the Department of Literature, University of Ottawa. Her research and teaching focus on the links between national identities and cultural narratives, in the broad range of ways that Canadians, past and present, make sense of themselves as members of a national community that is shaped by a multiplicity of contending perspectives. Eleanor Ty is Professor in the Department of English, Wilfrid Laurier University. She works on Asian North American Literature and Film and on Eighteenth Century British Literature.


"A monumental achievement." --Cecily Devereux, University of Alberta "A remarkable analysis of the multiple ways in which memory is shaped in and interrogated by Canadian literature and culture. This deep, varied and insightful collection of essays . . . brings together a fantastic range of insights into cultural memory that promise to fundamentally re-shape approaches to Canadian literary studies." --Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, University of Alberta "A vital and convincing defence of memory as a central concept and a persistent preoccupation in Canadian literature and culture." --Andrea Cabajsky, Universite de Moncton

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